A WebQuest for the Synergitics/ Transportation Module
You have spent seven days learning about the many ways of transporting people and
products. Probably of most interest to you is the movement of people from one place
to another. No doubt you like to go on ?trips.? In this activity you and your
partner will work together to plan an exciting trip to a distant place of your
choice. Pretending you are travel agents, making big bucks because you do such a
great job of planning your customers? trips, you will produce a ?preview? package to
sell many people on the special trip-of-a-lifetime you have developed. You want
others to join you on this trip so that the profits from their trips will more than cover
the costs of your trip-of-a-lifetime. The trip should last a total of 14 days and
the required costs for each traveler will be between four and six thousand dollars(your
decision--this will include the ?profit? you will make from each person). This of
course does not cover the ?spending money? that travelers will also expect to pay.
The mission, should you choose to carry it out (and you should) is to create a promotional package to sell this vacation package to others. You may choose to create either a text-based, printed descriptive package or an electronic-based package that will entice others to join in, and add more funds to your fun package.
After you and your partner have chosen the destination and activities, you will use
graphics programs such as PhotoShop to create the descriptive brochures and catalogs for
your printed materials or use PowerPoint or other presentation applications to produce
your advertising campaign.
To complete this task, you and your partner must:
1. Decide on where you would like to go and what activities the two of you would
like to be involved in while there. You may base your decisions on places you?d like
to visit (i.e. Las Vegas , Washington, D.C., New York City , Paris , Hong Kong , Serengeti
Desert , etc.) or on activities you enjoy doing skiing , diving , hunting/fishing,
shopping , museums, etc.) Searching on the Internet will open
up many opportunities for you, many that you may not think of on your own. If you
need help on doing on-line searches, read the tutorial at http://www.sc.edu/beaufort/library/bones.html
2. What are the associated costs for this adventure: air travel , , car rentals ,
hotel accommodations , activities, etc.? Remember, many of the people who will make this trip with you (those paying your way) will also be looking for ?bargains? as a part of this package deal.
3. Having decided on your destination and associated activities, make your promotional presentation, printed( go to Step 4) or electronic(skip to Step 5). You should create a ?calendar? timeline/schedule as part of your presentation. You may wish to utilize the program at http://www.psptutor.com/CSGreen/cal/caltute.html or http://tutorials.beginners.co.uk/read/query/Outlook%202000/id/292 .
4. If you choose to make a printed promotion, you may want to get ideas for
brochure layout from sources such as http://english.unitecnology.ac.nz/resources/units/my_city/home.html
You will need to use word processing and graphics programs. If you choose to use MS Word, you might find the tutorial at http://www.furman.edu/academics/grants/mellon/intro/tutorials/ to be helpful. For MS Works, http://www.microsoft.com/education/tutorial/classroom/ww95/overview.asp provides helpful information.
Graphics can be captured from the Web. How-tos on doing this are located at http://www.shorelineschools.org/departments/technology/Pages/IE_imgcapt.html
Other sites for help on using graphics can be found at http://www-ed.fnal.gov/net_train/train_graphics.html as well as http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/uiswing/painting/. If you?re working with PhotoShop, you may wish to get help/hints from http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/Learning/Photoshop4/
5. You probably are familiar with the presentation portion of MS Works , if not you may wish to use the tutorial at http://www.microsoft.com/education/tutorial/classroom/macwks/intro.asp to receive help in using this readily available electronic presentation software. Likewise you probably have some experience using the very popular PowerPoint. Help on using this software is available at http://www.actden.com/pp/. In order to have appropriate graphics for your presentations you can capture these from web sites. How-tos on doing this are located at http://www.shorelineschools.org/departments/technology/Pages/IE_imgcapt.html Other sites for help on using graphics can be found at http://www-ed.fnal.gov/net_train/train_graphics.html as well as http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/uiswing/painting/. If you?re working with PhotoShop, you may wish to get help/hints from http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/Learning/Photoshop4/
Other helpful sites fo building electronic presentations are available at http://www.impactbuilderpro.com/index.asp?affID=10926,
6. Your promotional for your trip-of-a-lifetime will be presented to your
classmates, all potential travel mates who share interests in common with you.
Both participants will receive the same grade for this project unless it is very obvious that each did not do their fair share of the work. The following criteria will serve as the basis for your grade:
Budget: Did you plan the trip within the budget guidelines? Over budgeting is unacceptable, as is coming in under the low budget end.
Timeline: Was the 14 day time frame filled with various, appropriate activities?
Variety of activities with individual time frames and budgets.
Overall appearance of end product: brochure layout is appropriate, appealing, and
technically correct; electronic presentation is smooth flowing, well thought out, and
|Budget||Excessively under or over budget.||Total costs withing budget but itemization lacking.||Within budget and each major activity has budget figures.|
|Timeline||Time is not welll planned, too much idle time.||Time is appropriately planned but lacking detail.||Time is appropriately planned and is presented in a daily calendar.|
|Activities||Activities focus on one or two activities.||Variety of activities, including 'free' time for clients to have full control of time.||Variety of activities, including 'free' time for clients to have full control of time. Each activity is covered in the presentation.|
|Overall Appearance||Presentation contains erors, lacks appropriate graphics, and does not follow accepted guidelines for presentation format chosen.||Presentation is error free, uses appropriate graphics and follows accepted guidelines for the chosen format.||Presentation is error free, uses appropriate graphics presented in a variety of 'ways'(maps, line drawings, color images, charts, animations, audio, video, etc.)|
When you have completed this assignment, you will not only have investigated and
learned much about traveling and planning fun trips, using your great imagination, but you
will also have learned new skills and applications for using computers and other
technology. You might want to save a copy of your presentation so that one day you
can fulfill this trip-of-a-lifetime plan. Wouldn?t that be fun?