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  • 1. Welcome Wikispaces in K–12 Education [date and time] • Welcome • Read-only Web v. Read/Write Web • Wikis • Getting Started with Wikispaces • Wrap-up and Q&A Originally developed by Mark Wagner, Ph.D., President & CEO, EdTechTeam, Inc.
  • 2. Welcome Activity 1. What is the read/write web? 2. What is a wiki? 3. What do these things mean for you and your students? 4. Why are we here?
  • 3. Read-only Web • Powerful resource for educators and students, but… • Information moves from publishers to consumers • Information cannot be edited • One-way Web (Web 1.0)
  • 4. Read/Write Web • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume • Anyone can publish, share, and change information online • Two-way Web (Web 2.0) • This is changing our world!
  • 5. Wikis • A wiki is a website that anyone can edit. • If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki! • Visitors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions. • Visitors can discuss the page in a threaded forum.
  • 6. Wikipedia • Online encyclopedia • Collaboratively authored and edited • Over 1 million users worldwide • Over 1 million articles in English • Great resource, but… • Use with caution
  • 7. Educational Wikis • Collaboratively authored class texts • Writing projects • Group projects • Sharing resources • Grade level teams • Subject area teams • Professional development • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) • ePortfolios • Clubs, PTAs, and events • Mapping of concepts, brainstorming • Presentation tools
  • 8. Activity 1: Evaluate Educational Wikis
    • • Locate an educational wiki relevant to your work.
    • • Evaluate the wiki based on the following criteria:
      • 1. What is a basic description of this wiki?
      • 2. Who is the intended audience for the wiki and what would they get out of it?
      • 3. Who are the intended contributors for the wiki and what would they contribute?
      • 4. How does this wiki accomplish something that only a wiki can accomplish?
      • 5. How could you adapt this a model for your own work?
    • • Post your evaluations on the Discussion tab of the Activity 1 page in the presentation wiki.
    • • Time permitting, explore your classmates’ evaluations. Reply to three of their posts.
  • 9. Activity 2: Edit a Wiki Page • Go to the Activity 2 page on the presentation wiki. • Take turns with other participants adding to and editing the page. • Play with some of the tools in the Editor toolbar .
  • 10. Activity 3: Create Your Own Wiki
    • • http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers/
    • • Create an Account (if you haven't already)
    • • Create a Wiki
      • • Edit This Page
      • • Discussion
      • • History
      • • Notifications
      • • Create a New Page
      • • Edit Navigation
      • • Manage Wiki
    • • My Account
    • • Create more wikis!
  • 11. Benefits • Engagement and motivation • Context-embedded learning • Inquiry-driven learning • Collaborative learning • Reflection and metacognition • 21 st -century skills
  • 12. Concerns • Information literacy • Inappropriate content • Inappropriate sharing • Threats and cyber-bullying • Intellectual property • Fraud and identity theft • Stalkers and predators • Lack of understanding
  • 13. Reflection Activity 1. What is the most important thing you learned today? 2. What are your next steps for using wikis in your work? 3. What do you want to learn more about?
  • 14. Activity 4: Share Your Own Wiki
    • • Post your answers on the Discussion tab of the Activity 4 page in the presentation wiki:
      • 1. What is the URL of your wiki?
      • 2. What is a basic description of your wiki?
      • 3. Who is the intended audience for the wiki and what should they get out of it?
      • 4. Who are the intended contributors for the wiki and what should they contribute?
      • 5. What multi-media have you integrated into your wiki?
      • 6. What other tools have you integrated into your wiki?
      • 7. What is one obstacle or issue you anticipated and how have you addressed it?
      • 8. What future plans do you have for your wiki?
    • • After the workshop, explore your classmates' evaluations. Reply to three of their posts.

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