Using a wiki to create an online interactive work space for education
The Problem Two courses, two sections Key-boreding
PBworks is an easy-to-use free web page that multiple people can edit, it’s based on wiki technology.
Wiki means Quick in Hawaiian
In the classroom, Pbworks is a free tool that empowers every student to participate in group projects.
James has assigned a team research project.What can he do to encourage the students to work together, share resources and create high quality work?
Three great ways to communicate with students PBworks Forum Blog CreatePublishCommentConversePost IdeasRespondShareEditCollaborateEngage Converse Post ideas Respond WritePublish Comment
“It's so easy to create a site to help guide students along with projects. I have found that it's a good way to make handouts available to students - I just point them at the web address. I post links to my PBworks Rockford's site so that parents can access project guidelines as well.” Justin Wylie Rockford High School
Mary wants to be sure her students are protected from the wider internet. How can she make certain her online site is off limits to child predators? How can she be sure that her students won’t be drawn onto the web?
YOU control who sees your workspace You invite your students Each student has a unique login and password
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Jamie wants to make certain her students act appropriately on line. Will her students write offensive comments? How can she monitor her students activity?
You have a history of every edit You are notified of every change
Who did the work? Edits are time stamped. You know who made changes and when they were made.
PBworks is Free and Easy to set up No IT department is needed!
Simply create a password and begin
Set it up and it works just like typing in Microsoft Word
Just like creating a Word document Just click and begin Easily insert Images and Video
Post a picture or a video
Teachers can make coursework and homework information easily available to both students and parents. With easy to use plugins you can create a calendar.
Quickly create new pages Templates designed with teachers in mind
Here’s one I made earlier . . .
Pbworks v BBV Complete autonomy and control Students can access the work space using any email address and from any location Easy to set up and administrate – no HTML! Lots of free tools to make the work space attractive and lively Students can upload materials and create their own pages Email notifications so that teachers know when the space has been used by students It can become a completely shared work space for students and teachers
It’s not perfect . . . Looks difficult on first sight Too many template pages Images difficult to manage Internet connection can be slow Sometimes things don’t work – but what’s new? Payment needed for better features
Would you like to know more? You can find training videos, templates and a community of fellow teacher users. http://educators.pbworks.com
There’s more . . .
Each summer 1,500 educators have the chance to become PBWorks Certified educators on a free summer camp.
PBWorks has a mobile phone version, with limited functions.
PBworks is free, fast and easy to use.Thank you for participatingDiane EvansIT FacultyAl Ain Women’s College