Science WebQuest

Bega Valley Public School shares how online collaboration tools support webquests in science and technology in Kindergarten.

Science Web Quest Bega Valley Public School

Location: 27 Auckland St, Bega

Level: Primary School, Kinder to Year 6

Enrolment: 336 students

The journey

Bega Valley Public School has an enrolment of 350 students and maintains a culture that values equally achievement and endeavour. Their culture emphasises and celebrates learning, provides a wide range of academic, sporting, cultural and social experiences, and provides an environment responsive to individual student needs.

They are preparing their students to be critical problem solvers, creative thinkers, and collaborative learners through engagement in STEM-focused problem-based learning activities and challenges across the school from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Technology is used in innovative ways in the Kindergarten classroom to provide students with a variety of 21st-century learning skills that they can build on as they continue along their learning journey.

A Webquest has been designed and implemented to support students to work collaboratively with their peers and to use technology as a tool to learn about core content in science and technology.

The Webquest involves the design of a unit of work incorporating syllabus content and the use of online collaboration tools. An engaging online platform has been designed to enable young learners to navigate independently or with peers to develop identified knowledge, skills, and capabilities. The teacher takes on the role of facilitator throughout the process.

Students successfully record and explain their thinking by collaborating with their peers and through the use of the site blog. Student work samples and assessment measures are demonstrating positive student growth and high levels of engagement and excitement around science and technology. Students are demonstrating success as effective communicators, collaborators, and problem solvers.

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