ERIC Number: ED490748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
A Transformational Process: Facilitating WebQuests
LoParrino, Camille A.
Challenged by our 7th U.S. Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, when he said "Dream how technology can not only improve education but also transform what we think of as education," we made this dream a reality in an elementary classroom in the Bronx. The dream of improving and transforming education through technology became possible as a result of collaboration between the New York City Board of Education's Region 2 and Fordham University's Educational Technology Center, fondly known to us as R2DII. As a Reading and Academic Intervention Specialist, assigned to the First Grade classrooms at the P.S. 83 Annex during the 04/05 school year, I had the unique opportunity to introduce instructional technology to seven year olds. What a challenge! The way to get the students focused on their travels through the Net was through a WebQuest. In the Butterfly WebQuest, the students concentrated on three specific roles: Researchers, Scientists, and Dieticians. Websites were available to search for the answers to the questions appropriate for each role. Judging by our National Standards in Language Arts, Science, and Technology, the results of the traditional and alternative assessments given to these students are clear indications of reaching high performances, way above their grade levels. The final written presentations of these students were equivalent to those expected from a third grader's reading and writing abilities. Their knowledge of science content reached the outer limits of a fourth grader's benchmarks. Their competencies in the operations, concepts, productivity and research tools of computer technology were within the spectrum of a fifth grader's accomplishments.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: New York; New York (New York)
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