Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />By Michael PetersHS Technology Integration Specialist<br />Collegio Americano de Guatemala - 10/28/2009<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />Outline<br />What is a WIKI? <br />The Basics – adding pages, sharing files, links, security and user management<br />Organization – folders, tags, menus<br />Masters Class – Embedding Other Gadgets and External Services<br />Best Practices For Education<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />Definition<br />A wiki is a website that allows visitors to add their own content to the pages on the site. The most well known example is Wikipedia – an encyclopaedia totally written and updated by users.<br />PBWorks, the service that CAG uses, is one of many companies that provide wiki services.<br />The word wiki is Hawaiian for fast, and refers to the streamlined way that content is created and edited with this type of site.<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />Web 1.0<br />Web 2.0<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />Interesting, but how does this help me get the most out of my Wiki?<br />!<br />Don’t think of your Wiki just a simple website. Really think of the Web 2.0, collaborative possibilities.<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />The Basics<br />Adding pages and sharing files<br />Links<br />Security and user management<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />Organization<br />Folders<br />Tags<br />Menus<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />Plug-ins and Gadgets<br />A plug-in is a computer program or service that interacts with a host application (in this case, PBWorks) to provide a certain, very specific, function. <br />This allows third-party developers (i.e. Notthe people who operate PBWorks) to extend the functionality of the host application.<br />In the case of PBWorks, this usually involves inserting a bit of programming code in the page telling PBWorks to access, or activate the new service. This is called EMBEDDING. <br />DON’T WORRY – YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW HOW TO PROGRAM!<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />Plug-ins and Gadgets<br />This means ...<br />Using plug-ins sometimes requires signing up for another service, and/or getting the EMBED code (via copy/paste) from another location. <br />Plug-ins can vary A LOT in terms of quality and appropriateness, depending on who wrote them. This is especially true for Google Gadgets. <br />DON’T PANIC: PBWorks includes some simple, well-tested, plug-ins to cover most things teachers might want. (Video, Audio, Presentations, Slideshows etc.) Your TIS can support you in getting them working.<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />BEST PRACTICES<br />Include detailed WIKI instructions and provide time for practice.<br />Post WIKI conventions/etiquette and require participants to abide by them.<br />BE PATIENT, and realize that students may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate.<br />Create a culture of trust within the WIKI.<br />Provide clear and explicit course expectations.<br />Assign meaningful, authentic activities.<br />Include a common goal for collaborative activities.<br />Define and identify roles, activities, and assessments.<br />Remind students of course schedules and deadlines.<br />Model examples of collaborative activities.<br />Original list by Barbara Schroeder "10 Best Practices for using wikis in education", TECHNOLOGY TEACHER, http://ictboisestate.wordpress.com, May 21 2008<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />ACTIVITY IDEAS <br />Collaborative study guides and vocabulary lists. (Jose Luna!)<br />Collaborative writers workshop: editing and revising (Kelly Nichols)<br />Student-created web-quests or virtual field-trips.<br />Collaborative FAQ’s or KWL’s . Current event responses.<br />Community book reviews or author studies.<br />Class wikipedia on a unit of study.<br />Working with international penpals on a project.<br />Posting observations from experiments, field studies.<br />Hosting podcasts or videocasts. (Lowell Hendrix, Miriam Castellanos)<br />Wiki-debates. Virtual art galleries.<br />
Getting the most from your classroom WIKI<br />RESOURCES<br />Check out my Delicious Page (WIKI Tag): http://del.icio.us/michaeljpeters/wiki<br />And my PBWORKS Wiki<br />http://misterpeters.pbworks.com<br />
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