Wikis In Education - Leadership Council


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Presentation given to HHH Leadership Council on January 21, 2009 by Corinne Carriero and Ellen Robertson .

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  • Wikis In Education - Leadership Council

    1. 1. Wiki and Edit: Four-Letter Words That Can Change Learning Leadership Council January 21, 2009 Corinne Carriero and Ellen Robertson
    2. 2. Wiki Defined <ul><li>Collaboratively edited body of work </li></ul><ul><li>Created by Ward Cunningham in 1995 as an easy publishing tool </li></ul><ul><li>Short form of “wiki-wiki”, Hawaiian for “quick” bus system </li></ul><ul><li>Part of Web 2.0 (Read/Write Web) toolkit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo publishing sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting and vodcasting </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Wiki Characteristics <ul><li>Created in real time </li></ul><ul><li>Organic and democratic in nature </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone could be “editor in chief” </li></ul><ul><li>Considered “open source” – no one owns it </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone together is smarter than everyone alone </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone could: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>add </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fix </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>erase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>start </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Power of Wikis <ul><li>2004 tsunami that killed 175, 000 people: </li></ul><ul><li>1st post appeared 9 hours later as a beginning wiki </li></ul><ul><li>24 hrs later---edited 400 times with photos, charts, lists of dead </li></ul><ul><li>48 hrs later---edited 1,200 times and included video of wave itself </li></ul><ul><li>Forget CNN—this was the most comprehensive info of all media </li></ul>
    5. 5. Types of Wikis <ul><li>Wikitextbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Wikirecipes </li></ul><ul><li>Wikitravel </li></ul><ul><li>Wiktionary </li></ul><ul><li>Wikinews </li></ul><ul><li>Wikiquotes </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom curriculum wikispaces </li></ul>A Wiki of wiki authoring sites
    6. 6. “ Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge”. ~Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, 2004
    7. 7. Most famous Wiki: Wikipedia <ul><li>Who is an authority? </li></ul><ul><li>High profile errors </li></ul><ul><li>“Cream” rises to the top or curdles </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative efforts of the group determine veracity </li></ul>Wikipedia has been called “Whackypedia” but this name is not warranted!
    8. 8. What a wiki looks like <ul><li>Some examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Course Held by Wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum wikis </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Basic wiki components <ul><ul><li>Editable pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to upload documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to invite editors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>History of changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revert back tool </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Wiki’s power in education <ul><li>Teaches students collaborative construction of knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edited body of work becomes reference tool for others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teaches negotiation skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches publication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches students how to create and work as a community </li></ul>
    11. 11. Wiki’s power in education <ul><li>In summary – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides opportunity for students to engage in authentic, purposeful work </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Why use wikis in the Classroom? <ul><li>To collect and disseminate school information </li></ul><ul><li>As a tool for articulation </li></ul><ul><li>To amass and publish tailor made resources </li></ul>
    13. 13. Why use wikis in the Classroom? <ul><li>Great motivator for students </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for creativity and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages participation of all students </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes communication between students, teachers, and parents </li></ul><ul><li>A new, interesting way to learn </li></ul>
    14. 14. Educational Uses of Wikis <ul><li>Simple websites </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-reviewed projects </li></ul><ul><li>Group projects </li></ul><ul><li>Manage school and classroom documents </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom discussion and debate </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Post classroom assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with other classes </li></ul>
    15. 15. Some specific classroom uses <ul><li>Create a classroom website </li></ul><ul><li>Create a class newspaper by wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Create a book by wiki (group authoring) </li></ul><ul><li>Course review </li></ul><ul><li>Have students use a wiki to plan details of a field trip </li></ul><ul><li>Let students manage a project: tasks, goals, responsibilities, and so on </li></ul>
    16. 16. More classroom uses <ul><li>Collaborate on an international unit, or an e-pal exchange using a themed wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Project development with peer review </li></ul><ul><li>Track a group project </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Some wikis are questionable resources for research </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymous authors </li></ul><ul><li>Student-posted information may be modified/spammed </li></ul><ul><li>Vandalism </li></ul><ul><li>Filtering </li></ul>Challenges of Wiki Use in Education These challenges come into play with public wikis! Educators can use PRIVATE wikis to get around them.
    18. 18. Free Wiki sites (special considerations for educators) <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    19. 19. How can administrators use wikis? Let’s brainstorm!