How to Create a WebQuest using Zunal



Zunal.com is a free website designed to help you create and store your WebQuests. It is extremely user friendly and also a very simple process to follow. The Zunal site literally walks you through the process and provides examples and suggestions as to what information is need on each of the pages of the quest. This wiki is a step-by-step guide on how the create a WebQuest on Zunal.

Step 1. Decide on a topic for your WebQuest. There are infinate possilbilities, here is just a suggestion: Science, a quest on weather systems; Social Studies, a quest on immgirants to the United States; Math, a quest on the mathematics of ancient civilizations; and Language Arts, a quest on the forms of poetry. If you are totally at a loss, I recommend taking a look at current WebQuests on Zunal to help your creative juices flow. There are quests for every subject area.

Step 2. Once you have a topic, you will want to go online and choose the websites that you want your students to use. These are the sites that the students will use to put their final project together. I recommend providing at least two to three sites for each topic. This will give students the ability to choose the information they want to use for their project. Also, have any pictures that you might want to include in the quest choosen and ready to use as well.

Step 3. Set up an account of the Zunal website at www.zunal.com.

Step 4. Now you will begin to create the actual WebQuest. Click on the Title page tab on the left of the Zunal site. The Title page is where you are going to put general information such as the name of the quest, the grade level, subject area, and keywords. The keywords are for search purposes, so you need to choose words that will help find your quest by using a few words. You will put a brief description about what your quest is about.

Step 5. Next choose the Introduction tab. This is were you are going to hook the student and get them engaged in the WebQuest. You will write a short paragraph to introduce the lesson or activity. You can also provide a senario or a role to the student to capture their attention.

Step 6. This is the Task. This is were you are going to tell the student what they will be doing and what assessment they will be putting together at the end of the quest. Your task can be a PowerPoint, written report, journal or whatever project you can imagine. Be as clear and descriptive as possible so that students know exactly what is expected of them.

Step 7. The Process tab is next. Here is where you will be putting the meat of the quest. Tell you will outline exactly what the students will be doing and how they will accmplish the task. I recommend you be as detailed as possible. This will hopefully avoid or at least reduce the questions that students will have about the quest.

Step 8. In the Evaluation section, you will provide a rubric for the students to refer to your expectations and how they will be assessed. The Zunal site provides a skelaton rubric. You and modify this rubric to your needs. When I completed this section "borrowed" from other educators to create the rubric I wanted and that was appropriate for the task.

Step 9. Conslusion tab, as the name suggest, this is were you are going to sum up what the learners have accomplished and learned by completing this quest. This page brings the quest to is end.

Step 10. On the Teacher Page, you will proivde a your lesson and other information teachers may need, should they choose to use your quest in their classrooms.

Step 11. The final tab that you will need to complete is the About the Arthur tab. Here you will provide some basic information about yourself. All you need to do is answer the questions.

You must fill out each of the above tabs. If any of the tabs are left blank your WebQuest will not publish.

Once you are sure that your WebQuest is finished you can go to the Publish tab. The Publish tab we provide a few tips on how to make sure your quest gets published. When you are ready you can click on the words, "I have completed my WebQuest and I would like to publish it for visitors."

NOTE FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS: You can create your entire WebQuest in English and then click on the Settings tab, click on "Update This Page" and choose the language you would like your quest to appear in, click "Save Now" and the entire quest will change from English to the language you chose. Pretty Cool!

The Settings tab will also allow you to change the boarder of the WebQuest. Again, click on "Update This Page" and choose the boarder template boarder you want to use then click on "Save Now" and your boarder will automatically change.

Using this site very easy, don't let the amout of steps deter you. The process does go very quick.

To view an example of a completed quest, click here: Civil Rights WebQuest. This is a quest that I completed and have used successfully in my United States History class.

Here is a link that will visually walk you threw all the steps that are described above. This was completed for a past faculty meeting, but it is still a good resource, especially for any audo/visual learners out there. Click here for screencast of how to create a WebQuest on Zunal.

One final word of advice: Have fun creating your WebQuest and your students will have fun completing their quest.