Netiquette Webquest – EdTech 521

The other artifact I chose for the media utilization substandard is my EdTech 521 Netiquette Webquest.  Students get to self-pace their search, and often must collaborate with one another as they complete a quest.  This can lead to lower rates of boredom among the students (Perkins & McKnight, 2005).  I organized the search in a way that they are building their terminology as they work through the quest.  It was meant for them to increase their knowledge base as they proceeded through the research.  Practice at effective online research is something my students sorely need.  The ability to read, sort, and synthesize information will aid my students in being successful in expressing themselves on assessments as Idaho moves toward adopting Common Core Standards.  These types of assignments prove that I have mastered the effective use of electronic resources for learning.


WebQuest: Netiquette Guidelines

In your World Geography class this year you’ll be spending lots of time in the computer lab using online tools to complete assignments.  Before we get started with this I’d like you to do a bit of research about how to conduct yourselves when “talking” to people online.  The communication may take place in emails, online group discussions, or instant messages while working on a project/assignment online.  Just like we have rules for being a good group member in our classroom (turn your chair to face the group, be an active listener, introduce yourself and remember peoples’ names, etc.), you’ll want to follow guidelines for being a good online group member.

Let’s get started.

Directions:  For each question, click on the blue underlined text be taken to a website that will help you answer the question.

  1. What are three things everyone should do when beginning an online discussion/email?

  1. Give two guidelines you should follow regarding the inclusion of personal statements when sending a private email/text.

  1. What rules should you follow about forwarding an email/text that has been sent to you?

  1. What are three ways to make sure that you act in a responsible manner online?

  1. When using online communication, what does typing a message in ALL CAPITAL letters mean?  Should you use this style or not?

  1. How worried to you need to be about correct spelling and grammar when using email and discussion boards?

  1. What is one of the reasons for using emoticons in electronic (text, email, chat, discussion boards) discussions?

  1. What is a meaningless message?  How can these be avoided?

Answers to WebQuest


Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt – EdTech 502

Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt

In EdTech 502 I created a Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt.  It highlights my mastery of the systematic use of resources for learning.  I have come across too many instances of plagiarism to count in just the last year as a teacher.  Any time an assignment involves finding information on the internet, kids face the choice of either putting information in their own words and citing a work, or using the copy and paste function.  Much too often they choose the latter.  In my scavenger hunt, I lead students through many resources to make sure they know in advance what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.  Students visit five sites in their search for enlightenment about what constitutes plagiarism.  There are questions they must answer that help them express what they’ve learned about when, and how, they can use a work, and whether or not it has to be cited.  I’ve used this many times in the classroom, and students often tell me that they had no idea that it wasn’t okay to simply copy from websites like  They feel that since the information looks sort of anonymous, and it’s on a website whose purpose is to provide information, wikipedia must want you to copy it.  I feel that by doing the research themselves in the form of a  scavenger hunt, students will be able to construct their own reasons for why plagiarism is not a ‘victimless crime’.