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