Assignment 7 - Looking at Lunar Activities from Two Perspectives
I completed an existing WebQuest to fulfill Assignment 7. The WebQuest is The Quest for the Moon. I learned a lot by using this WebQuest.

This link will take you to the completed Quest for the Moon WebQuest tasks which fulfills Assignment 7. This link will take you to my
self rating of my Assignment 7 WebQuest Evaluation. Let me know if you think I've been too generous in my evaluation.

This week our focus is on activities and how to go about selecting a moon-related activity that you can adapt and build upon to have the right presentation that will motivate, engage, and stimulate learning for a specific audience and situation. To make this exercise more interesting, I have put together a “WebQuest” that will allow us all to:
1. review some of the resources we’ve already looked at together in the previous weekly sessions; and
2. think and share experiences with each other as we review activities together in our virtual Moon-EPO class.

We’re going to work on two levels simultaneously as we go through the WebQuest. On one level, we think as educators and use the guidelines in Column A to reflect on the process and pedagogical features of the resources we review and the WebQuest process as teaching tools. We’ll also put on our student hats to review activities and resources following the guidelines presented in Column B.

A WebQuest provides a way for learners to investigate a question that does not have a simple, singular, correct answer. The WebQuest activity structure is an inquiry-oriented lesson in which most or all of the information is gathered from the Internet, usually WebQuests involve group work that encourages division of labor among team members, and involves resources that are strategically preselected so that learners spend their time exploring and reviewing information.

Chuck is going to organize a live chat for next week where we can discuss the results of our teacher and student WebQuest reports. This means, I’ll need to have your WebQuest results posted by 8 a.m., Monday, November 12.

Clarification: The material previously presented in two columns was pasted as a picture so it looked nice, but the links did not work (sorry!). Here is the information presented with easy access to all links. I have made some editorial changes to address Malcolm's questions about the assignment.

Moon-EPO WebQuest: TEACHER and STUDENT Perspectives

1. Introduction

TEACHER: A WebQuest is a teaching tool that engages individuals or groups in guided, web-based exploration. How could you use this device to establish individual roles for team projects where groups research open-ended questions?

STUDENT: Let’s take a few minutes to review the Moon-EPO activities and resources we’ve been introduced to during the course thus far. Which of these activities are most useful to your Moon-EPO goals? Which of these activities would you most likely use?

2. Task:

TEACHER: Wearing your educator hat, we’d like you to review the WebQuest as a guided inquiry tool for creating engaging, open-end, group activities. We want to know if and how you would use this tool?

STUDENT: Wearing your student hat, we’d like you to review the activities introduced in the Moon-EPO and pick one activity, test it out, and use the rubric linked to this activity page to rate the activity.

3. Process

TEACHER: We’ll ask you to post your responses to these questions as discussion linked from the Assignments page of the Moon-EPO wiki. Preface your remarks with Teacher to let us know when you’re responding from an educator perspective. Think about how the WebQuest could be most effectively adapted for your Moon-EPO goals. Hopefully, the examples provided on the sites below will help you think about specific applications for your work.

STUDENT: We’ll ask you to post your responses to these questions as discussion linked from the Assignments page of the Moon-EPO wiki. Preface your remarks with Student to let us know when you’re responding from the learner perspective. We want you to also share any frustrations or epiphany experiences you encounter as you review the activities presented and add in your own favorite web-based Moon-EPO activities and resources.

4. Resources

TEACHER: Here are two web sites that provide good introductions to what WebQuests are, how to use them, and how to create them.
thirteen ed online From the Explanation of WebQuests site you can link to Demonstrations of WebQuests that show how this teaching tool can be applied in different educational contexts. Suggestion: Use the Find WebQuest at this site to review WebQuests created by teachers that have the word MOON in their title. There's quite a long list! You can choose one of these WebQuests as your activity to test from the Student perspective and review with the rubric.

STUDENT: Initially, use the links from the Assignments page to access the activities presented thus far. As we move forward, we’ll build a links page that will include activities presented plus your favorites.

5. Evaluation

TEACHER: Once you’ve completed the lesson you chose to complete, use the lesson plan rubric to evaluate the lesson from the educator perspective

STUDENT: Once you’ve completed the lesson you chose to complete, use the evaluation procedures that are provided within the WebQuest or use the lesson plan rubric linked from this page if none are provided to evaluate the lesson from the student perspective.

End of WebQuest Activity for Assignment 7

How often are you asked to do a presentation about the moon or another space science topic? Whether you give many, several, or one presentation a year, it’s great to have a strategy for targeting your presentation for each audience.

Here are some questions to consider as you plan your presentation and select your materials:
1. Are there any groups (such as NASA E/PO or Educator Resource Center contacts) that you can partner with to gather materials or further background information about your audience?
a. If you’re speaking at a public school, you can pull up information about the school from the state yearly report cards that are published on the web. We’ll discuss how to access and uses these and other school data sets in this session.
b. If you’re presenting for an informal audience or a charter or private, there are web-based resources you can use also—depending on the group.
2. Begin your planning process with an assessment of your audience needs and resources to meet those needs that are available through NASA and other science education sources.

Once you have collected the resources available, you will want to review the material.

View the lesson plan rubric. We'll use this and other rubrics to generate discussion about how to select the right materials for your presentations.

We’ll discuss this and other rubrics in the section of the course.