Teacher Review For Smithsonian Quests

This is a great site for exploration of ideas and interests through discovery and collaboration.

Jennifer H.
ITRT - Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Once students receive an invitation code from their teacher, they can choose from a variety of topics. Students can earn badges for participating in online activities for their chosen quest. A brief description is given as well as rubric to help students complete, master content, and connect during the quest activities. The "My Journal" section allows students to record their thoughts and questions. Extension activities are provided as well as other quests that relate to the given topic.
My Take
This site is an excellent teaching tool. Students can choose their quest topic based on their own interests which makes the experience meaningful and motivating. Independent exploration helps build critical thinking skills,strengthen research skills,and allows students to apply information learned as they complete quests to earn badges. Smithsonian Quests offer something for learners of all ages.