WIKIS Laurie Roberts 11/11/10 Georgia Southern University
My name is Laurie Roberts. I am from Douglas but married and moved to the big town of Naylor, GA. My husband owns his own business and has to travel a lot. We have a daughter, Addy, who just turned 1. I am currently a stay at home mom, which is the best job ever. I am completing my master’s degree in Instructional Technology and this is part of my requirements.
Have you ever heard of a wiki or ever created one?
Hold up your if “YES”.
Hold up your if “NO”.
What is a Wiki?
The word “wiki” came from the Hawaiian language which means “quick” or “fast”.
A wiki allows a group of people to collaboratively develop a Web site with no knowledge of HTML or other markup languages.
Anyone can add to or edit pages in a wiki
Anyone can create new wiki pages simply by creating a new link with the name of the page.
It is an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes.
Why should we use a wiki and how can they benefit our students by allowing us to differentiate instruction?
Easy to use- Anybody can use them!!
Online and can be accessed from any computer
Anyone authorized can make changes
Private and safe for schools to use
Offer greater accountability
Engaging and ensures that each learning style is reached.
Easy way to get students excited about peer review
Showcase students work
Easy way to involve parents in the learning process
Group Projects without having to set aside time to meet.
Portfolios to showcase students work
Peer Review/ editing
Book studies/ author studies/ literature circles
Storing websites for projects or class topics
Summarizing chapters or books
Reflections on assignments or articles
Hall of Fame
Use it to solve problems
How can a wiki be used by teachers for collaboration?
Useful/ Helpful websites
Keep notes on students
Provide teacher commentary to students
Think of one way you could incorporate a wiki into your classroom……
Wikis in Plain English
Here are some examples of how wikis can be used in different subjects!!!
This wiki was created using MediaWiki. It was a group of students that worked in small groups and completed several tasks in order to teach two chapters of the book Animal Farm to their peers.
( http:// wiki.micds.org/wiki/Animal_Farm )
This wiki was also created using MediaWiki. This was also a small group of students that worked together to write a single scene play that included cast descriptions, stage directions, and dialog.
( http://tinyurl.com/wikiplay )
This one used PBworks. This one was created by 9 th grade students working in groups. After reading Lord of the Flies, they were to pretend they were stranded on an island and survival was the goal.
( http:// lordofsurvival.pbworks.com / )
This wiki uses pbworks and uses the wiki as a journal for each student.
( http:// mrpollitt.pbworks.com / )
This wiki uses wikispaces. This wiki is run by students and they have lots on this wiki all about writing. They even have visitors from all over the world!
( http://super12scribes.wikispaces.com/ )
This wiki used MediaWiki. This wiki was one where students worked alone or in groups and they were to choose one of three questions to research and use the wiki to organize their findings. Then they had to create an image-based presentation.