Easy Design, Transformative Results: Wiki-Based Digital Writing Portfolios
Easy Design, Transformative Results: Wiki-Based Digital Writing Portfolios Jeff Mattison CATESOL – Oakland April 13, 2012
OutlineBackground on WikisMy School EnvironmentWiki as Writing PortfolioPrivacy ConcernsBest PracticesDemonstrationConclusionsQuestions and Answers
My School EnvironmentSuburban setting Netbook Academy98% English Language 2nd year of pilot Learners project 50% LTELL 150 of 834 students 40% RFEP have daily access 8% Newcomer in 4 content classesMiddle Grades 7 & 8 Another 200 students have access in at least 1 content class
Audience Needs AssessmentWhat is your:School settingLevel of studentsExperience with a wiki?Partner share I came to this session because I would like to...
BackgroundDefinition (a la wiktionary.org)Wiki: A collaborative website which can be directly edited using only a web browser, often by anyone with access to it.Derived from the Hawaiian word, wiki, meaning “very fast”Example Hosting Siteswikispaces.compbworks.comwikidot.com
Wikispaces.comAdvantagesFree for educatorsNo ads or bannersNo email address required for student usersAble to create many users at once
Quantitative Students ImpressionsAverage scores on a 5-point Likert scale, N = 96(1=strongly disagree, 5=strongly agree)4.18 Writing with classmates using the wiki is more helpful than writing alone on paper4.09 The wiki was easy to edit my composition when I needed to make changes4.02 The wiki was easy to use to type my composition3.89 I write better using the wiki than I do when I write on notebook paper3.76 I enjoyed using the wiki to write my composition3.59 My writing improved when a classmate or teacher made a comment through the wiki
Using a Wiki for a Writing PortfolioBenefits ChallengesCloud storage, no Digital learning curve papers or USBs Text editing glitchy,Accessible for peer & teacher feedback limitedIn text comments Member integrity pinpoint revision & Sabotage edit needs PlagiarismDraft changes savedIncreased opportunities to talk about writing
Young Learner Privacy ConcernsDO DONTGive students unique Reveal full names of passwords studentsRestrict public Disclose school access to wiki location or nameRequire all users to Post pictures of login before editing students without parent permission
Best PracticesClass Management Wiki OrganizationStudent # as page name Map out design treeBulk user creator Use templates like worksheets Use tags group pagesLearner Training CollaborationExplicity teach wiki skills Pair students until community developsContract for user expectations Teacher sets the tone
ConclusionConsider your own and students tech skills to decide how to structure your wikiSupport and encourage students to interact with writing and each other via wiki toolsInitial learning curve takes time, but wiki saves time in draft processWiki enhances the writing process at each step with collaborative tools
Questions and AnswersPartner Share... What has your experience been in designing collaborative group work around writing, with or without the use of technology? One question I still have about using a wiki for a writing portfolio is...
Thank you for coming!Presenter contact information: Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.orgWikis Presenters Class www.rm301authors.wikispaces.com Shortcut to Presentation Example www.bit.ly/ile6vh