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Here you find information on designing and developing authentic learning experiences and assessments. You will find materials to adapt and design relevant learning experiences to promote student learning in technology-rich environments with summative forms of assessments.


WebQuests are among the most fascinating applications on the Internet for K-12 educators, especially for ESL students. Student centered and inquiry based, a WebQuest challenges students to explore the web for information and it is an excellent way to integrate the Internet into the classroom. Traditionally WebQuests have an introduction, a process, a task, a list of resources, a conclusion, and an evaluation.

Bernie Dodge and Tom March pioneered the WebQuest model in early 1995 at San Diego State University. Visit Bernie Dodge's WebQuest Page. - This link from the Ohio University, Department of Linguistics, provides a variety of WebQuests for your ESL students. - Here you will find a wealth of links to WebQuests for almost any level and interest, many that could be used for ESL students.


One method of assessment for teachers is to provide a rubric for student use and for both formative and summative assessment purposes. Rubrics are useful to assess complex student work, such as papers, essays, or presentations, which cannot be evaluated with complete objectivity.

A wonderful resource for assessments and rubrics is Kathy Schrock's Assessment and Rubric Information. Also shared is valuable resources on graphic organizers and portfolios. - This site provides an excellent resource for existing ready-to-use rubrics and creating your own rubrics with templates found on the site. - This site is a great resource for ready-to-use rubrics as well creating your own custom rubrics for specific purposes. - A very good site to create and design rubrics from templates.

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