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  • 1. Using Wikis in Methods Courses
    Examples from Mathematics Education
  • 2. “The goal of wiki sites is to become a shared repository of knowledge, with the knowledge base growing over time”
    Godwin-Jones, 2003, p. 15
  • 3. “The goal of wiki sites is to become a shared repository of knowledge, with the knowledge base growing over time”
    Wikis are great for:
    Creating knowledge
    Brainstorming
    Managing ideas
    Exchanging ideas
    Sharing knowledge
    Classroom ideas
    resources
    Godwin-Jones, 2003, p. 15
  • 4. Wiki Ideas and Student Use
    EMS 480: Teaching Mathematics with Technology
    Review of free web-based technology tools
    EMS 513: Learning and Teaching Algebraic Thinking
    Connecting research to practice: Perspectives and Issues in algebra
    EMS 519: Learning and Teaching Statistical Thinking
    Connecting research to practice: Topics in statistics
    EMS 472: Teaching Topics in High School Math
    Sharing ideas and resources
    Survey Results: Nature of Students’ Collaboration in the Creation of a Wiki
  • 5. Nature of Students’ Collaboration Using Wikis
    EMS 513: Teaching and Learning Algebraic Thinking
    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:
    1) Algebra as generalized arithmetic and abstraction from computation
    2) Algebra as the study of functions, relations, and co-variation
    3) Algebra as the study of structure and processes
    4) Algebra as the study and generalization of patterns
    5) Use of technology in Algebra
    Use of modeling to teach Algebra
  • 6. Communication & Collaboration
    “Having 5 people on a project like this was challenging, but I think the use of the wiki helped with that, especially communication.”
    All six groups reported that they used the wiki as a tool for communication as they collaborated
    Only one used it as the sole communication method
    Most used a combination of email, face to face meetings, and wiki
    Content was discussed on the wiki
    Posted ideas
    Posted articles
    Comments on other’s wiki additions
  • 7. Evolution of a wiki
  • 8. Evolution of a wiki
  • 9. Learning to Construct a Wiki
    Instructions we provided:
    How to sign up for the wiki account
    How to enter plain text
    How to insert an image
    History tool revealed:
    All students participated in the creation of a wiki
    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.)
    They reported that they learned by:
    Using the university wiki help pages
    Using other help pages found online
    Referring to other wikis with similar desired formatting
    Creating practice spaces within the wiki
  • 10. Reported Benefits of a Wiki
    Construct and edit without having to worry about version control
    Communicate within the project itself
    Refer to everyone else’s work (including other groups)
    Be more creative in form
    Include extra information (e.g. weblinks, videos, artifacts)
    Become familiar with collaborating in ways that students are collaborating outside of school
    Final product is more useful
    “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.”
  • 11. “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.”

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