Web quest is a didactic model that consists of a guided investigation where most of the information comes from the Internet. The concept was proposed by Bernie Dodge (researcher at San Diego State University ) in 1995.
This type of activity, say its proponents, promotes the work in equipment, the autonomy of students, and the use of higher cognitive skills. It also helps students acquire skills related to the information society (a concept that refers to the era that human beings are currently going through, with unprecedented access to information, both for its dissemination and consumption).
The Webquest usually proposes attractive tasks that invite the student to adopt a dynamic behavior. The creative thinking is necessary for problem-solving and analysis of statements since the activity requires an additional effort to the fact answer a simple question.
In technical terms, a Webquest is nothing more than a simple web page, so the tools necessary for its development are the same as those used to create any other type of document for the Network. The most advanced users, who rely on their knowledge enough to not require constant assistance when programming, usually use the notebook included in your operating system or applications similar to Notepad ++, an open-source text editor trendy among programmers of all idioms.
For those who appreciate the security provided by a syntax reviewer there are several programs, such as FrontPage and Dreamweaver, that allow the creation of web pages in a short time and through graphic interfaces, which eliminate the need to program each line of code, and save time for those who value aesthetics more than accuracy.
Some sites are explicitly dedicated to the creation of WebQuests, such as Questgarden and Zunal, which guide their users step by step in the process. On the other hand, teachers can make use of the numerous services of free pages and blogs, and adapt them to the Webquest format; Two very visited providers for this purpose are WordPress and Edublogs.