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The Wide World Of Wikis

  1. 1. The Wide World of Wikis Benjamin Curran University Prep Academy November 1, 2007
  2. 2. Presentation Outline <ul><li>Wiki FAQ </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki How-To </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 Can Work for You </li></ul>
  3. 3. Part One: Wiki FAQ
  4. 4. Q: What is a wiki? <ul><li>A wiki is a website that ANYONE with access can create and edit. </li></ul><ul><li>No HTML knowledge required </li></ul><ul><li>Access it from anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>No IT needed </li></ul><ul><li>In most cases completely free </li></ul><ul><li>Works on old/slow computers </li></ul><ul><li>YOU CAN HAVE ONE UP AND RUNNING IN FIVE MINUTES!!! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Q: What’s up with the name? <ul><li>From the Hawaiian word for quick: wiki-wiki </li></ul>
  6. 6. Q: How come I’ve never heard of wikis before? Oh, but you have…
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  12. 12. Q: Ben, this is all fairly interesting, but you still haven’t answered this important question: WHY WIKI???
  13. 13. Reason #1: It makes life easier. Work smarter, not harder.
  14. 14. Scenario: Life Before Wikis Your group project is due this week. You and your colleagues have each worked hard on your separate parts. But how will you put it all together into one final product???
  16. 16. Scenario Two: Life With Wiki With that same project, team members can post their individual work to a wiki, edit it together, and share the work of creating the final product
  17. 17. WIKI Source:
  18. 18. Reason Two: Which century are you preparing your students for?
  19. 19. That one???
  20. 20. Or this one???
  21. 21. This ain’t your father’s Oldsmobile World Wide Web. 20 th Century = Web 1.0 21 st Century = Web 2.0
  22. 22. Buzz-word Alert!!! <ul><li>Wikis are a part of this “new” web… </li></ul><ul><li>What is it??? </li></ul>
  23. 23. Web 1.0 <ul><li>The “old” web </li></ul><ul><li>Read-Only </li></ul><ul><li>Published content </li></ul><ul><li>The superhighway runs only one way </li></ul><ul><li>Dominated by search engines & e-commerce </li></ul>
  24. 24. Web 2.0 <ul><li>User generated content </li></ul><ul><li>Two-way flow of information </li></ul><ul><li>“ Participatory Web” </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis = Web 2.0 </li></ul>
  25. 26. Reason #3: What kind of learners do you want to grow?
  26. 27. If you want learners that can… <ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesize </li></ul><ul><li>Create </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperate </li></ul><ul><li>Visualize </li></ul><ul><li>Use metacognition </li></ul><ul><li>And much more!!! </li></ul>… then wikis are for YOU!
  27. 28. Time for questions…
  28. 29. Part Two: Teacher Uses
  29. 30. Easy-to-make Class Website <ul><li>Assignments and Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters & Parent Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Links for Parents and Students </li></ul>
  30. 31. Collaboration with Colleagues <ul><li>Share ideas & info </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Plan trips and events </li></ul>
  31. 33. Time for questions…
  32. 34. Part Three: Classroom Uses
  33. 35. Group Projects <ul><li>Anything where parts / roles are assigned </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments requiring data gathering </li></ul><ul><li>Group research work </li></ul>
  34. 36. Example #1: Group Research <ul><li>Your group is researching Michigan. </li></ul><ul><li>You must write a research paper together. </li></ul><ul><li>Each member is assigned a region. </li></ul><ul><li>Group members can complete research independently, then post their portion of the project to the team’s wiki page. </li></ul>
  35. 37. Example #2: Wikibooks <ul><li>This month’s social studies unit is “The Civil War.” </li></ul><ul><li>Each member of the class can research a different figure or battle and post that info to the wiki, creating a WIKIBOOK. </li></ul>
  36. 38. Example #3: Long Distance Collaboration <ul><li>Your class and classes at four other schools around the country want to track meteorological data in their region. </li></ul><ul><li>Each class posts their data to a spreadsheet on the wiki, making the data easy to analyze and compare. </li></ul>
  37. 39. Online Storytelling Promote creativity and collaboration by creating online stories, complete with images and/or illustrations.
  38. 40. Example: Choose Your Own Adventure Source:
  39. 41. Classroom Discussion Board <ul><li>Respond to teacher’s question </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to each other </li></ul><ul><li>Great for Literature Circles or Literature response </li></ul>
  40. 42. Online Glossaries & Study Guides <ul><li>Each student assigned a concept or vocabulary words to explain </li></ul><ul><li>Students post explanations to the class wiki </li></ul><ul><li>The result? A collaborative study guide </li></ul>
  41. 43. Study Guide Example Source:
  42. 44. Webliographies <ul><li>Students & Teachers post links for themselves and others </li></ul>Source:
  43. 45. E-portfolios <ul><li>Showcase student work from on and off the wiki </li></ul>Source:
  44. 46. Other Uses <ul><li>Writing Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Edits </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Writing Prompt </li></ul>
  45. 47. Time for questions…
  46. 48. Part Four: Wiki How-To
  47. 49. Wiki Farms <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  48. 50. My Wiki Farm of Choice:
  49. 51. 4 Steps to a PBWiki <ul><li>Give your wiki a name </li></ul><ul><li>Give your wiki a password </li></ul><ul><li>Public or Private? </li></ul><ul><li>Create your FrontPage </li></ul>
  50. 52. Editing your Wiki <ul><li>There are two buttons you must never forget when editing your wiki… </li></ul>
  51. 53. Edit page
  52. 54. Which gives you the Point-and-Click Editor…
  53. 55. And the Save button… Without it, your changes won’t be made!!!
  54. 56. Have no fear… <ul><li>If you can use Microsoft Word, you can edit a PBWiki page! </li></ul>
  55. 57. Other important PBWiki Buttons…
  56. 58. Add a page to your wiki…
  57. 59. Images
  58. 60. Links Just highlight the text that you want to become a link (either to a page on your wiki or to an outside URL) and click this button.
  59. 61. Plug-Ins…
  60. 62. PBWiki Plug-Ins <ul><li>Spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Slideshows </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Chat room </li></ul><ul><li>Voice chat </li></ul><ul><li>And more! </li></ul>
  61. 63. Safety & Security <ul><li>Password protection </li></ul><ul><li>Email notifications </li></ul><ul><li>Track edits with the “Recent Activity” tab </li></ul><ul><li>Restore option </li></ul><ul><li>“LOCK” any page </li></ul>
  62. 64. The main drawback / objection… <ul><li>When do you find the time to do all this??? </li></ul>
  63. 65. Time for questions…
  64. 66. Part Five: Web 2.0 Tools to Use
  65. 67. Social Bookmarking <ul><li>Save bookmarks from any computer </li></ul><ul><li>Search popular sites bookmarked by other users </li></ul>
  66. 68. My Favorite:
  67. 69. Blogs <ul><li>Great for one-to-many communication and for student or teacher reflection. </li></ul>
  68. 70. Podcasting <ul><li>Audio files for download </li></ul><ul><li>One time download or subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Students can create & upload to blog or wiki </li></ul>
  69. 71. A Great Podcasting Resource:
  70. 72. Video Sharing—Beyond YouTube
  71. 73. Last chance…
  72. 74. Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>