Bernie Dodge is known as the "Frank Lloyd Wright of Learning Environments" for a variety of reasons. He is the original WebQuest designer and he is also known for the creation of many educational software packages for children. He strongly believes that technology integration in the classroom setting is essential for successful learning. He is known as an architect of learning environments because he enjoys the process of planning and creating valuable technology-influenced learning experiences. He is largely known for the creation of the WebQuest template in 1995. He created these internet quests to elicit higher order thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving skills in children.
WebQuests are trending throughout all grade levels. Nowadays, more teachers are looking for technology-related activities, projects and assignments that lend themselves to teach skills such as higher order skills, critical thinking skills, and problem solving skills. WebQuests do just that. They are fun, engaging opportunities for students to utilize technology in the classroom, while learning subject matter, while building upon necessary life skills. WebQuests are interdisciplinary and can be used for all subject areas. Students are able to learn from these authentic experiences and use the skills the learn in the real world.