Here we go! The start of this webquest to find
"Canada's Next top Website" is to refine
your subject area. What subject are you researching?
- Math Personalities?
- Louis Riel?
- 20th Century Disasters?
- Famous Novels?
These are just some examples. You need to come
up with your own topic. Talk with your teacher,
make sure that your topic is specific enough so
that you can scour the internet looking for "Canada's
Next Top (YOUR TOPIC) Website". I have come
up with a worksheet that you will fill out to
keep track of your ideas, notes and websites.
You need to collect a lot of information throughout
this webquest, so its important to BE ORGANIZED!
This worksheet must be submitted at the end of
Now that you have your topic and your worksheet.
It is time to go and find some candidates for
the title of "Canada's Next Top Website".
This is like the audition process and its very
quick and sometimes painful. You will see a lot
of BAD websites and you will see some OKAY websites
and you might even find a few GOOD websites. The
key to this important phase is to go through as
many websites as you can find and to use your
"Gut" to sense whether a website might
have what it takes to be the next "Top Website".
Some websites will be really slick and polished,
but really only have one look. They will not stand
up to the test. Others may look a little plain
in the beginning, but after the competition, they
will be so well-rounded, they will leave all the
other websites in their dust!
The next task is for you to use the following
search engines (and any others you like to use,
or your teacher has given you) to find as many
candidates as possible. You will want
to have about 10-12 websites that will move on
in the competition. They will be competiting
against each other for the title of "Top
Website". Use your worksheet to keep all
these URLs (website addresses) and notes that
will help you remember these websites and to help
judge them. Remember you are the sole judge over
which one becomes "Canada's Next Top Website"
Your criteria for looking for candidates is
(Remember to use your gut! Does the website "feel"
- Good page design
- Clear information
- good navigation
- an author to contact
- recently updated
- easy to read and find information
- not trying to 'sell' you anything!
Now that you have a better idea what to look
for here, here is what you will use to search
for the candiates!
Now that you have all your candidates, its time
to move onto the first competition. You will need
to evaluate all the websites you've collected
so far, and perhaps even eliminate on or two from
your list. Are you ready? go to STEP