Using Wikis in Methods Courses<br />Examples from Mathematics Education<br />
“The goal of wiki sites is to become a shared repository of knowledge, with the knowledge base growing over time” <br />Godwin-Jones, 2003, p. 15<br />
“The goal of wiki sites is to become a shared repository of knowledge, with the knowledge base growing over time” <br />Wikis are great for:<br />Creating knowledge<br />Brainstorming<br />Managing ideas<br />Exchanging ideas<br />Sharing knowledge<br />Classroom ideas<br />resources<br />Godwin-Jones, 2003, p. 15<br />
Wiki Ideas and Student Use<br />EMS 480: Teaching Mathematics with Technology<br />Review of free web-based technology tools<br />EMS 513: Learning and Teaching Algebraic Thinking<br />Connecting research to practice: Perspectives and Issues in algebra<br />EMS 519: Learning and Teaching Statistical Thinking<br />Connecting research to practice: Topics in statistics<br />EMS 472: Teaching Topics in High School Math<br />Sharing ideas and resources<br />Survey Results: Nature of Students’ Collaboration in the Creation of a Wiki<br />
Nature of Students’ Collaboration Using Wikis<br />EMS 513: Teaching and Learning Algebraic Thinking <br />Each group will read and synthesize 5-8 practitioner/research articles (max of 2 articles can come from course readings) related to one of the following perspectives or issues on teaching algebra. These perspectives/issues are not necessarily disjoint:<br />1) Algebra as generalized arithmetic and abstraction from computation<br />2) Algebra as the study of functions, relations, and co-variation<br />3) Algebra as the study of structure and processes <br />4) Algebra as the study and generalization of patterns<br />5) Use of technology in Algebra<br /> Use of modeling to teach Algebra <br />
Communication & Collaboration<br />“Having 5 people on a project like this was challenging, but I think the use of the wiki helped with that, especially communication.”<br />All six groups reported that they used the wiki as a tool for communication as they collaborated<br />Only one used it as the sole communication method<br />Most used a combination of email, face to face meetings, and wiki<br />Content was discussed on the wiki<br />Posted ideas<br />Posted articles<br />Comments on other’s wiki additions<br />
Learning to Construct a Wiki<br />Instructions we provided:<br />How to sign up for the wiki account<br />How to enter plain text<br />How to insert an image<br />History tool revealed:<br />All students participated in the creation of a wiki<br />All students used at least one advanced formatting code (i.e. bold italics, headings, table of contents, inserting an image, framing an image, thumbnails of files, etc.)<br />They reported that they learned by:<br />Using the university wiki help pages<br />Using other help pages found online<br />Referring to other wikis with similar desired formatting<br />Creating practice spaces within the wiki<br />
Reported Benefits of a Wiki<br />Construct and edit without having to worry about version control<br />Communicate within the project itself<br />Refer to everyone else’s work (including other groups)<br />Be more creative in form<br />Include extra information (e.g. weblinks, videos, artifacts)<br />Become familiar with collaborating in ways that students are collaborating outside of school<br />Final product is more useful<br />“These are valuable sites we can use for information. I glanced over these for information while I’ve been reading articles for this course and others. I can see these being great resources to use in the future.”<br />
“I love the use of new technology. Now that I am familiar with the wiki creating process, I am excited about using it in my own classroom someday.”<br />
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