My audience is the ninth grade Technology Literacy class. This class was designed around the Michigan Educational Technology Standards and serves to give students the technology skills and ethics necessary to work and learn in a digital society.

Educational Goal
The goal of this WebQuest is for students to research and learn about the conception and development of the computer and the Internet.

9-12 CI.3. Use a variety of media and formats to design, develop, publish and present projects

9-12 CC.2. Use available technologies to communicate with others on a class assignment or project. (Google docs, PBWorks)

9-12 RI.1. Develop a plan to gather information using various research strategies.

9-12 RI.5. Evaluate information found in selected online sources on the basis of accuracy and validity.

9-12 DC.5. Create appropriate citations for resources when presenting research findings

Pedagogical Strategies
As learning is an active process, I chose to create this WebQuest from a constructivist approach. I have facilitated my students' learning process by guiding them with a framework of tasks, resources and expectations. The rest is up to them. They will have the responsibility of research, collaboration, and web page creation. I think that my students enjoy this type of learning experience and want a sense of control over how they discover, evaluate and present their knowledge.

Working in pairs, students will research a decade in the history of computers or the Internet and present their findings in a class wiki page teachhowe or Google Sites with audio narration (MP3 created with Audacity and Lame).  The alternative presentation would be the creation of a web page using MS Office or a free online web hosting service.

The WebQuest instructions, online resources, expectations and assessments will be placed in a web site created by the teacher using Weebly - http://teachhowewebquest.weebly.com/
A link to the web site will be placed in the class Moodle site.
In addition, students will be provided with audio recording software (Audacity and Lame Encoder) and headsets with a microphone.
The project will be introduced with the question asking how the Internet and the computer were invented? The viewing of the National Science Foundation’s video/web page will follow. “The NSF and the Birth of the Internet”

Contact Teachhowe: Julie Howe