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Wikis Blogs COE

  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs vs. Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis and Blogs in the classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some problems to watch out for </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Things to consider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which wiki / blog software? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hands on with WetPaint wikis </li></ul>
  3. 3. Blogs and Wikis <ul><li>Both allow for easy web publishing capabilities without the need for programming skills </li></ul><ul><li>Both allow for some level of author/reader interactivity through comments </li></ul><ul><li>Both can be hosted on the web through 3 rd parties or can be installed on a server and run solely in-house. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Blog versus Wiki <ul><li>Blogs generally have one author and editor </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs generally have one page where all information is placed </li></ul><ul><li>What is written on a blog appears in reverse chronological order- little control over main content on page </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are time sensitive- new information will be more visible </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are used for one person to highlight news and other date sensitive material while allowing the readers to make comments on that news. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis tend to have multiple authors and editors </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis generally have multiple pages </li></ul><ul><li>Material on a wiki can be easily manipulated and moved around the site </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis aren’t date arranged, not time sensitive. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis allow multiple people to collaboratively create and edit a comment enabled webpage </li></ul>
  5. 5. Great tools for many different classroom needs <ul><li>Course Management wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post links to assignments, exercises, announcements, etc- similar to using Blackboard. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easily integrate multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds from relevant journals, blogs, news sources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Class calendar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make it interactive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chat widget could be used for online office hours </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Post reading questions- require students to answer in the comments of the wiki (students can then learn from one another) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make a poll or a quiz that students can answer directly on the wiki </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Class wiki examples <ul><li>East Carolina University -English 1200 </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Marty Roberge –Towson- Department of Geography </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GEOG 672 - </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Course Management Blog <ul><li>Could be used very similarly to wiki, but must be created in a time conscious way (as class progresses) </li></ul><ul><li>Can not easily be reused </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. Discussion Blogs <ul><li>A place for questions to be posed and students to discuss in a virtual environment. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reflective Learning Blog <ul><li>Students are asked to reflect or “journal” on a particular topic every week. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Student Group Project Wiki <ul><li>Keep all work in one spot- don’t worry about exchanging emails </li></ul><ul><li>Keep research/bibliographic information in one spot </li></ul><ul><li>Share a project calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming area – especially useful for web based classes or classes without much group time </li></ul><ul><li>Document tracking makes it easy to write a rough draft and turn it into the final </li></ul><ul><li>Keep all contact info accessible online </li></ul><ul><li>Cheryl Wood - Department of Educational Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISTC 201 - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ISTC 702 -   </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Other ideas… <ul><li>Blogs for communication with students/ parents </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis for test preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Department/ University outreach </li></ul>
  12. 12. Wikis in the Classroom <ul><li>Difficulties mentioned by Dr. Roberge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ students having technological difficulties” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ students not 'trusting the process': they worry that their contributions won't be noticed by me, and their wiki work won't be recognized. Even though I can quickly call up a screen showing what everyone has written and edited.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ students worrying that their work will be erased, or that if they edit someone else's work, that person will get angry.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ students feeling directionless because the wiki has no inherent structure” </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Wikis and Blogs for education? <ul><li>Allows for active learning through the interactive capabilities between students and/or students and teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use technology – easy way to get something on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Classroom” available anytime from anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Useful not only in the classroom but for staff projects, training, committees, outreach and numerous other ways </li></ul>
  14. 14. Wikis/Blogs- Things to Consider <ul><li>Need to be carefully constructed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan an outline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the purpose? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog vs. wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure that it is easy to navigate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide what features are important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide who has access to what sections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikis and blogs can be either hosted on an in-house server or hosted online by a 3 rd party. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Things to Consider- In-House Server Blog/Wiki <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Much more control over content </li></ul><ul><li>Can be easier to manipulate for specific purposes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access / Security </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No ads </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Requires server access </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation requires additional technological expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Does not always use easy WYSIWYG editing </li></ul>
  16. 16. Things to Consider- Web Hosted Blog/Wiki <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Requires little technological knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>WYSIWYG (easy to edit/create) </li></ul><ul><li>No server access required </li></ul><ul><li>Many do not have ads if used for educational purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>No control of what happens to the content (wiki farm shuts down, wiki could be gone forever) </li></ul><ul><li>Not always as flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Additional flexibility can cost $$ </li></ul>
  17. 17. Wiki Software <ul><li>Server Based </li></ul><ul><li>Mediawiki </li></ul><ul><li>PmWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Twiki </li></ul><ul><li>MoinMoin </li></ul><ul><li>XWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Web Based </li></ul><ul><li>WetPaint </li></ul><ul><li>PBWiki </li></ul><ul><li>SeedWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho Wikis </li></ul>Wiki Matrix: Wikipedia:
  18. 18. Blog Software <ul><li>Server Based </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Movable Type </li></ul><ul><li>Web Based </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Livejournal </li></ul><ul><li>TypePad </li></ul>Wikipedia:
  19. 19. WetPaint Wikis – <ul><li>Easy to create and update pages </li></ul><ul><li>Use your own logo </li></ul><ul><li>Use your own domain </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of permissions settings- possible to assign roles to each user/ creator </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to back up wiki by exporting content to html document </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to navigate design </li></ul><ul><li>Ads will be removed when wikis are used for educational purposes </li></ul>
  20. 20. Additional Resources on Wikis <ul><li>Brad Hemminger Cradle Talk: Wikis in Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intro to Class Wikis with Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PBwiki educator videos </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating a Classroom Wiki using Wetpaint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a wiki in Wetpaint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Editing of Wetpaint wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting ads removed from Wetpaint wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Additional Resources on Blogs <ul><li>Blogs in Education: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs in Plain English: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teaching Tips: Using Online Journals and Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Additional Resources <ul><li>Carissa Tomlinson </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>410-704-3359 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Marty Roberge </li></ul><ul><li>Geography Department </li></ul><ul><li>410-704-5011 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Cheryl Wood </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Technology Department </li></ul><ul><li>410-704-2687 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>