When used appropriately and with the proper instructional design, information and communication technology, such as computers and the Internet, facilitates the learning process of students. The Internet, for example, gives students access to a wide variety of information, which could help them solve real world problems. Teachers can also design Internet-enhanced activities or projects that integrate learning competencies across several subject areas, facilitate collaborative learning, and encourage students to explore and learn from the community outside the school.
This paper presents the use of a WebQuest, an inquiry-based learning activity of the type described above, involving 2nd year students and teachers. In this WebQuest, students gathered information from the Internet, interviewed local experts, and observed and participated in the local festival called Sipong sa Bais, in order to create a website promoting this local festival.
Cooperative learning was developed through the grouping of students and assignment of complementary roles. The researchers in each group gathered data about the history of sipong, the actual practice, and the dances. They interviewed local experts, as well as guests of the town during the festival. The photographer in each group took pictures. Some members were trained in Web design as the final student output was a Web page on the festival. Other students encoded the data gathered on the history of sipong and the results of the interview, and scanned the photographs. Others gathered images from the Internet of the musical instruments used during the street dancing. The final group presentations were assessed by the use of rubrics.
The WebQuest results show that appropriate use of computers and the Internet helps in achieving both subject and information literacy objectives by providing students with exposure to and practice with diverse resources, making them active learners.