Duration of WebQuest:

Approximately one school term of 10 weeks;
Task 1 (2 weeks);
Task 2 (4 weeks);
Task 3 (4 weeks);
1.5 hours each day for 2 days a week
Students have an option to prepare their visual representations at home, with parent/guardian support. Teachers running this WebQuest may also consider collaborating with the school’s Art teacher to have students work on Task 3 in Art workshops.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

My Wonderful World WebQuest links into the VELS curriculum by addressing several domains in Level 3.

In the Humanities domain, under the Humanities knowledge and understanding dimension, students focus on “key humanities knowledge and concepts.” After completing the WebQuest on My Wonderful World, students will be exposed to a multitude of cultures around the world and understand the importance of appreciating differences in their own local community and environment. They will be able to identify similarities and differences amongst different cultural groups. The Humanities skills dimension focuses on “the development of basic inquiry skills including observation, the collection of various types of evidence, asking and answering questions about evidence and presenting information in a variety of ways.”

Following the Civics and Citizenship domain, under the Civic knowledge and understanding dimension, students develop a better understanding of the diversity of Australia’s multiculturalism.

In the Design, Creativity and Technology domain, students are expected to generate creative possibilities around cultural diversity using their thinking skills in a variety of contexts. Under the Investigating and designing dimension, students undertake research and investigation on the world and then come up with their own creation of a new world. They communicate their design ideas using words, sketches and models.

In the Interpersonal Development domain, under the Working in teams dimension, students will develop “skills and behaviours to cooperate with others to contribute to the achievement of group goals.” In this WebQuest, teams are responsible for coming up with their own creation of a new Wonderful World. The focus here is not only on achieving the tasks set out but also contributing to and reflecting upon the learning which occurs as a result of working together on this WebQuest. Teams are expected to understand guidelines and roles to be performed and use different strategies to complete tasks.

In the Information and Communications Technology domain, all dimensions are applicable in this WebQuest. Students will use ICT tools to transfer through thoughts and processes into visual representations. Students will process data and information to demonstrate their understanding of the concept of multi-culturalism.

In the Thinking processes domain, under the Reasoning, processing and inquiry dimension, students will research and gather information from a range of internet sources to “inquire into the world around them, and to use critical thinking to analyse and evaluate information they encounter.” As students work on their new nation, they start to question whether their ideas are valid and also “develop metacognitive skills in planning, monitoring and evaluating their own thinking processes and strategies.”

In the English domain, students are also assessed under the Reading and Speaking and listening dimensions. Students are also required to produce evidence of good of reading and speaking and listening. As students will be exposed to a plethora of information in this WebQuest via text and media, they will need to be understand, interpret and critically analyse texts.