The innovation mindset of Bernie Dodge

I was so impressed with web education pioneer, Bernie Dodge tonight. Let me tell you why:

Instead of sitting on his innovative Webquest, he is pressing ahead taking it to a new level.

Tonight he shared the following with us, the show will be posted over at edtechtalk.com this week — or you should subscribe to the womenofweb2 podcast.

Three of the most innovative ideas for webquests

  1. He talked about how a static Web 1.0 webquest on immigration was taking into Second Life with a test group of adults with amazing results.
  2. He talked about how he is already toying with creating a widget to allow searching of webquests from the new iphone, which he is waiting to get.
  3. He talked about how webquests are platform independent and he expects the major growth of webquests to occur in the video format with the creation of videos and posting them to sites like youtube.

At the beginning of the show, he expressed his frustration with how many just throw links on a page and call them a webquest. But that a true webquest has a core task that requires higher level thinking skills and could be on a wiki or blog or video or any medium.

I'll tell you that the first time I heard about webquests, I believe the person who taught me had it wrong. It is not about hyperlinks, it is about teaching.

It is about a task and grappling with issues and thinking for goodness sakes. In some ways, I think Horizon and Flat Classroom were webquests on a massive scale as students sought to define and explain the trends that are changing our world via wiki and video.

Some webquests I've seen are like Internet scavenger hunts, that is not a webquest at all. It was a great show, I'm going to relisten to that one!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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2 comments

Anonymous June 13, 2007 - 6:43 am

I want to learn english.I would like you to offer me some english teacher. would.you help me please ?
my name is azar.

Beth Kanter June 15, 2007 - 1:15 am

Bernie Dodge was the first edtech web1.0 guru I followed and can’t believe I missed your show live! Gonna download for next jog on my ipod.

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