What is a Pathfinder?

Pathfinders have been used by libraries and librarians since the 1970's to guide patrons to the resources needed to answer their research questions. With the advent of the Internet and other electronic resources, pathfinders are no longer limited to print directories. Instead, web-based pathfinders can be created to help patrons access information from a variety of sources within and beyond the library. When used with student researchers, a carefully constructed pathfinder can guide students to quality resources, saving the time and frustration often encountered in Internet searching.


What is a WebQuest?

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. The model was developed by Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University.
  • WebQuest.org - was created by Bernie Dodge and is a great place to start if you are interested in Web Quests.

If you need a WebQuest that is ready-to-use, please check out TeAchnology - You will find over 250 original web quests available on this site and citations for other web quests around the web.

Want to create your own?
  • GoogleTreks™ allows teachers and students to synthesize information in one easy-to-use map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files, and much more in one central location.
  • Web Quest Maker - Fill in the sections with required information for each step to easily create your own webquest.


Tools

SideVibe enables teachers to create online lessons, pose questions or even host threaded discussions that can literally float over any Web page. This eliminates the need for paper handouts or 3rd party Web systems like BLOGs and Wikis. All the user activity and interactions are collected at the SideVibe Website where teachers can use Feedback tools to read, assess and respond back to a student or group of students.