Where Can I Make Webquests?
Are you having trouble finding a webquest that’s just what you’re looking for? Or maybe you’ve got a great idea that would make a great webquest?
Well, you can make your own. It’s not too hard. More on that later. In the meantime, here are a few places that can get you started.
Questgarden. Questgarden is the original webquest website, developed by webquest originator Bernie Dodge. You can get a 30 day free trial account; otherwise, you’ll need to pay $20 for a two year license. On the plus side, the creation is very simple. There’s a WYSIWYG editor, and you simply type up what you want on the screen.
The downside is it looks, aesthetically, like it was built in 1995. While that’s when the webquest idea originated, I’m fairly certain that the Questgarden website was developed much later. It’s first occurence in the Wayback Machine is 2007. If the site really is only six years old, then the design is inexcusable. The resulting webquests are visually quite basic, and they will certainly be unappealing to students. I’d advise against using this, except as a resource for finding ideas and existing webquests.
Zunal. Zunal is a major webquest creation website. The webquest creation process is pretty straight forward. Give it a name, and a basic skeleton is created for you. Then, you step through each page (Intro, Task, etc), add your content, and off you go. It’s all WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), so you don’t have to worry about being tech savvy.
While there is a free account, you can only create one webquest with this account. If you want to create more (up to 50), you’ll have to get a pro subscription. This costs $20 for three years. Pretty cheap, if you feel like paying. Visually, the outcome is much more appealing than Questgarden, although it still looks a bit dated.
TeacherWeb. Finally, TeacherWeb offers a webquest creation engine. It’s similar in a lot of ways to Questgarden and Zunal. WYSIWYG editing. There’s a free trial, and a pro subscription. The subscription costs $39 / year. While the TeacherWeb site itself looks slightly more modern, the resulting webquests still look laughably dated.
So What’s the Best Solution?
While all three sites above will get the job done, none of them are legitimately free, and really none of them are all that great. Other than holding your hand through the whole process, they leave you with a bland, boring, unattractive finished product.
If I’m paying money for a website, then I want it to look at least halfway decent. I don’t think any of the above webquests fit that description.
But that’s ok. There are other options. You’ll have to do a little more of the legwork yourself, but there are a number of ways that you can make a webquest completely for free.