LiteratureQuest Videoconference: Wikispaces Archive

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Since Wikispaces is closing down, I’m moving my collaborative videoconference projects over to my blog for archiving. Great project formats can still be used and adapted!

A High School Literature Project

Welcome to the LiteratureQuest video conference project. This project is designed for high school students studying literature. Through video conference technology students are able to meet other students while learning about literature.

Prior to the video conference each classroom will create a three presentations with clues about their three pieces of literature. The other classrooms, using print resources, will try to discover the mystery literature presented by each participating classrooms.

New Short Agenda

  • 1 min: Intro & Directions by Janine
  • 20 min: 4 classes do 5 min presentations
  • 15 min: Research and solve (students can use computers from the start)
  • 5 min. Each classroom presents their guesses to the clues.
  • 5 min. Correct history mysteries revealed by each classroom.

Credit: This project is modeled after the Where in the USA project by Learning Space (1996-2004).


  • A) Pick a work of literature/poetry
  • B) Prepare clues for other classes
  • C) Practice your presentation
  • D) Present your clues by VC; listen to one other school’s presentation
  • E) Research using your classroom textbook to figure out the mysterious literature/poetry (Please NO INTERNET USAGE)
  • F) Come back together; ask one more “yes/no” question. After 5 minutes. Each school gives their answer.


Language Arts
Content Standard 3: All students will focus on meaning and communication as they listen, speak, view, read, and write in personal, social, occupational, and civic contexts.
1. Integrate listening, viewing, speaking, reading, and writing skills for multiple purposes and in varied contexts. An example is using all the language arts to prepare and present a unit project on career exploration.
3. Read and write fluently, speak confidently, listen and interact appropriately, view critically, and represent creatively. Examples include reporting formally to an audience, debating issues, and interviewing members of the public.
Content Standard 6: All students will learn to communicate information accurately and effectively and demonstrate their expressive abilities by creating oral, written, and visual texts that enlighten and engage an audience.
2. Demonstrate their ability to use different voices in oral and written communication to persuade, inform, entertain, and inspire their audiences.
4. Document and enhance a developing voice through multiple media. Examples include reflections for their portfolios, audio and video tapes, and submissions for publications.
Content Standard 10: All students will apply knowledge, ideas, and issues drawn from texts to their lives and the lives of others.
2. Perform the daily functions of a literate individual. Examples include acquiring information from multiple sources and then evaluating, organizing, and communicating it in various contexts.
Content Standard 11: All students will define and investigate important issues and problems using a variety of resources, including technology, to explore and create texts.
2. Explain and use resources that are most appropriate and readily available for investigating a particular question or topic. Examples include knowledgeable people, field trips, tables of contents, indexes, glossaries, icons/headings, hypertext, storage addresses, CDROM/ laser disks, electronic mail, and library catalogue databases.
3. Organize, analyze, and synthesize information to draw conclusions and implications based on their investigation of an issue or problem.
Content Standard 2: All students will use technologies to input, retrieve, organize, manipulate, evaluate, and communicate information.
1. Demonstrate skill using technologies to prepare, evaluate and synthesize information collected and stored (voice, data, video, graphics, etc).
3. Retrieve, communicate and input information using a technological system (voice, data, video, graphics, etc).
4. Evaluate information received through technologies.
Content Standard 3: All students will apply appropriate technologies to critical thinking, creative expression, and decision making skills.
2. Use technologies as tools for creative expression and communication of ideas (voice, data, video, graphics, etc).
4. Use technologies to organize thoughts in a logical process (voice, data, video, graphics, etc).

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