I became obsessed with creating WebQuests as a student in my teacher prep program. I loved the online “gaming” vibe and hopping around to different websites to capture the attention of learners. Whether it’s the beginning of a unit and you want to review expectations from a previous year, or it’s the end of a unit and you want students to review content, WebQuests are amazing tools.
I upload the WebQuest document to Google Classroom (they can also be printed and written on…especially if you want your students to get practice typing in web addresses) as an assignment and students complete it as review at the end of our unit. Keep scrolling to see step-by-step directions for uploading a WebQuest. The WebQuests lead students through an array of games, songs, and videos that reinforce the skills and concepts we covered and allow students time to practice while getting immediate feedback (*a biggie for me).
Students LOVE reviewing this way. They all grab their Chromebooks, hop to Google Classroom, and are quickly engaged. They bookmark games for themselves to play later and they play games over and over again throughout the year. Often, during our Friday “choice time”, students will run to the Chromebook cart and start playing a game they loved on these WebQuests. I will continue to create and revise these WebQuests because they are such a great hit in the classroom.
Check out one of the WebQuests below to get started!
Two ways to use WebQuests
on Google Classroom
Sometimes, Google Classroom can seem tricky and so I want to walk you through uploading a WebQuest to Google Classroom so students can open it, click on the links, and edit the document online.
FIRST WAY: Making a copy of my Google Slides document to upload to Google Classroom (all of my WebQuests will be updated to include this feature…currently a work in progress as of April 2019).
1. Within the resource, you will see a PDF titled something along the lines of “Google Classroom WebQuest Interactive Slides WITH TEACHER LINKS.” Open it!
2. Once the document with links is opened, you’ll see something that looks like this:
3. Click the link to make a copy of the interactive slides.
4. Go to Google Classroom and click “Create an Assignment” by pressing the plus button in the bottom corner of the webpage.
5. Press the Google Drive attachment icon to add the interactive slideshow as an assignment for your students. I ALWAYS write “MAKE A COPY” in the instructions so students know not to work off the version in my Google Drive!
6. Allow students to complete the assignment and then turn it in through Google Classroom to be assessed.
And that’s it!
SECOND WAY: Using DocHub (not the my preferred way…but another option!)
1. Upload the WebQuest to Google Classroom.
2. Students open the document in Google Classroom.
3. Open the document with DocHub
Have students click the arrow next to “Open with Google Docs” and then press “DocHub” to open the resource with this text editing tool.
4. Students can click on the links and add text to the document using the “A” or “Text (T)” tool.
5. To add text, students drag the yellow box to where they would like to input text.
6. Students add answers to the document. When the WebQuests are completed, they can turn the assignment in!
Check out these other two highly-engaging WebQuests!
Click the photo to see them on TpT!
Have you tried out one of these WebQuests? I want to hear from you in the comments! Share, share, share!