The road to learning

This past year, the focus for our technology classes @EHSSouthport was the WebQuest. I recalled readlng about WebQuests in @HeidiHayesJacob book Curriculum 21 during my graduate studies last year.  When approaching my Director of Curriculum to plan tech classes this year, he brought up WebQuests as well as a focus to implement.  Great minds think alike.

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In preparing for a preservice to get the staff up to speed on this concept, it was amazing to realize that the concept of WebQuests began with Bernie Dodge back in 1995.  Thinking back to this time of the Internet and technology tools, I cannot even imagine how the first WebQuests worked.

WebQuests are “an inquiry oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with resources on the Internet.” (Dodge, 1977)  These activities clearly fit into today’s education field focusing on project-based learning.  Additionally, they are ideal for students…

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About Sharon LePage Plante

Sharon Plante, an educator with 20 years teaching experience in special education, has been an educator at Eagle Hill-Southport for over eleven years, as well as currently serving as Director of Technology. She utilizes her educational training and love of technology to engage students with learning disabilities in building their skills and finding success. Sharon is the co-author of Using Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities. She was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from George Mason University College of Education and Human Development. She has presented at Everyone Reading, EdRev, Edscape, ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association), and New York Chapter of ALTA (Academic Language Trainers Association), as well as at several EdCamps, on using technology to empower the dyslexic learner. Sharon is the 2015-2017 chair of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Commission on Technology. Additionally, she hosts a podcast for Bam Radio Network on Learning Differently bringing together the voices of those working in the many aspects of special education. Sharon is a co-founder of #edtechchat, and co-organizer of EdCampSWCT.
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