In my weekly reflections I tend to observe how the modules could affect teaching in a special education environment, and I think WebQuest might be very useful in the SE classroom. This is a technology that can be adapted to different levels of learning, and SE has a variety of levels in every classroom. I also thing that Dodge (2007) has a point when he says ““authentic tasks are more engaging,” especially when one technique for the SE classroom is teaching real world lessons.
Though I think the internet can be a great tool I’m still a little reluctant to agree with his idea that “social interaction is more effective“(Dodge, 2007) when using WebQuest. I admit there are a lot of strengths using internet technologies as collaborative tools, but I’m not sold on the fact of it being more effective for social interaction. I’m still gaining knowledge about this subject, so until I try to implement a WebQuest lesson into a classroom, and see the results I’ll keep an open mind.
Dodge, B. (2007) “What is WebQuest?” Instructional Technology Services SDSU. Retrieved from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7UynehA_l0&feature=player_embedded