Zunal: A WebQuest Maker
Create a digital learning journey
Are your students’ web quests living in the land of text-based documents? Need an easy-to-use digital tool to create online learning experiences for your students? This blog reviews one such tool where teachers can create and house instructional web quests for their students. It’s called zunal.com, a website that makes creating a web quest simple and easy.
When you visit the website, one of the first things you will notice is that there are lots of web quests already created and categorized by subject. Each of the quests has a public URL that can be shared if a teacher deems the web quest and content appropriate for his or her students. One way to help you organize your web quest search is to select your content area and grade level, and then search the ones that have been favorited the most. Keep in mind that people from all over the world are using zunal.com to create web quests, so be sure to pay close attention to the quest to ensure alignment with your state standards.
You can search and view web quests as a guest and you can also register for a free account. However, the free account is only good for creation of 1 web quest. Don’t despair, you can upgrade to a Pro account by paying $20 for a 3-year membership, during which time you can create up to 50 web quests using a wider variety of tools, templates, and access additional functionality in the platform. With a Pro membership you can also modify existing web quests.
The Zunal platform uses a consistent approach to building a web quest that includes textual support within each section. However, web quests in and of themselves are not powerful unless they require students to go beyond simply researching websites to find answer to questions. Like any instructional design, there must be careful thought and planning so that literacy and learning is enhanced through inquiry, scaffolding, exposure to content and concepts in real-life contexts, opportunities for collaboration, and challenges that require the student to think critically and to also do something with what he or she has learned. There is plenty of research about using web quests as an instructional tool to help students develop higher order thinking skills (HOTS). If you decide to create one using zunal.com or a different platform, consider using this rubric as a guide to design a quality learning experience for your students.