Blogs and Wikis in Science teaching

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Using Blogs and Wikis in your Science teachings. A presentation for the ASE Conference, Nottingham, 2010.

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  • Blogs and Wikis in Science teaching

    1. 1. Blogs and Wikis in Science Teaching Danny Nicholson Think Bank Ltd http:// www.scittscience.co.uk /wiki
    2. 2. Danny Nicholson <ul><li>Former science teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Freelance ICT trainer – IWB’s / Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>PGCE science tutor </li></ul>
    3. 3. Links to all sites mentioned <ul><li>http:// delicious.com/dannynic/scienceblog </li></ul><ul><li>http:// delicious.com/dannynic/sciencewiki </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki for todays talk : http:// www.scittscience.co.uk /wiki </li></ul>
    4. 4. Access this presentation online: <ul><li>Via: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.slideshare.net/dannynic </li></ul>
    5. 5. How many people read your last class project? http://www.flickr.com/photos/78011127@N00/2549672390/
    6. 6. Wikis http://www.flickr.com/photos/10121378@N06/3183110112/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/10121378@N06/3183110112/
    7. 7. What is a wiki? <ul><li>Very simple way to create a website </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple users can edit pages </li></ul><ul><li>Easy collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Embed videos, documents, links, images </li></ul>
    8. 8. No software needed… Visit wiki Save Edit content Edit
    9. 9. …simples http://www.flickr.com/photos/45409431@N00/3673690211/
    10. 10. In a nutshell…. <ul><li>Make an online course booklet </li></ul><ul><li>Class project – all working on different sections </li></ul><ul><li>Viewed all over the world </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/25796513@N08/4025903849/
    11. 11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/78011127@N00/2549672390/ Example Wikis
    12. 12. http:// scittscience.co.uk /wiki Scittipedia
    13. 13. http:// www.physdom.com Physdom
    14. 14. http:// dragonphysics.pbworks.com Dragon Physics
    15. 15. http:// sciencealive.wikispaces.com / Science Alive
    16. 16. http://sshsscience9.wikispaces.com/ St Stephen High School
    17. 17. http://district10science.wikispaces.com/ District 10 Science
    18. 18. http://monarchkand1.wikispaces.com Monarch K and 1
    19. 19. Getting a free wiki <ul><li>http:// www.wikispaces.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// pbworks.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// wiki.zoho.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://wikisineducation.wetpaint.com/ </li></ul>
    20. 20. Blogging http://www.flickr.com/photos/74225880@N00/183711327
    21. 21. <ul><li>Long definition: </li></ul><ul><li>A blog (a contraction of the term &quot; Web log &quot;) is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. &quot;Blog&quot; can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog . </li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
    22. 22. <ul><li>Simpler: </li></ul><ul><li>Blog ( noun ) a diary (= regular record of your thoughts, opinions and experiences) that you put on the Internet for other people to read </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge Online Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Blog ( noun ) A really easy website. </li></ul><ul><li>Danny Nicholson </li></ul>
    23. 23. <ul><li>Can update a blog </li></ul><ul><li>any time, </li></ul><ul><li>any place, </li></ul><ul><li>any where. </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/87793853@N00/2041260277/
    24. 24. http:// gillottssci.blogspot.com / Gillotts School Science Blog Other links Most recent article Archive of older articles Example Older articles in date order
    25. 25. Why Blog? <ul><li>Post resources / links </li></ul><ul><li>Class publication </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Students writing for an audience </li></ul><ul><li>Share multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Share good work </li></ul><ul><li>Extension material </li></ul><ul><li>Support material </li></ul><ul><li>Online discussion </li></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>Miss Bakers Blog </li></ul>Post a question – students can then answer in comments
    27. 27. <ul><li>Miss Bakers Blog </li></ul>Comments are moderated. Only appear when (and if) you let them.
    28. 28. Example blogs http://www.flickr.com/photos/74225880@N00/183711327
    29. 29. http://www.scittscience.co.uk/ Scitt Science Provides after-class support for the PGCE students I teach.
    30. 30. http:// woodchurchscience.edublogs.org / Woodchurch High School Science
    31. 31. http:// www.beechhillscience.org.uk / Beech Hill Science
    32. 32. http:// mrmackenzie.co.uk / Fizzics http://xkcd.com/123/
    33. 33. http:// mrkruse.wordpress.com / 8 th Grade Science
    34. 34. Blog ideas <ul><li>Embed videos and/or pictures to support lessons and lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Provide science resources for students </li></ul><ul><li>Provide links to support information </li></ul><ul><li>Provide pictures related to science concepts for students to view during and after class </li></ul>http://teachertipstraining.suite101.com/article.cfm/science_blogs_in_high_and_middle_school_classes
    35. 35. Blog Ideas <ul><li>Students can read information and provide comments on the blog for homework assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Provide resources for students who need extra help or extension tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Post interesting happenings in class for parents to view </li></ul>http://teachertipstraining.suite101.com/article.cfm/science_blogs_in_high_and_middle_school_classes
    36. 36. Internet Safety <ul><li>Draw up list of rules </li></ul><ul><li>First names only </li></ul><ul><li>No personal info </li></ul><ul><li>No identifying photos </li></ul><ul><li>Try: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.budtheteacher.com/wiki/index.php?title = Blogging_Rules </li></ul><ul><li>http://tasteach.edublogs.org/2008/05/21/my-student-bloggers/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/sharingpractice/b/blogging/introduction.asp </li></ul>
    37. 37. Avatars <ul><li>Don’t use real pics of students as user icons. </li></ul><ul><li>Cartoon avatars are safer, and more fun! </li></ul>http:// delicious.com/dannynic/avatar
    38. 38. Wordpress – free blog space http://www.wordpress.com
    39. 39. Edublogs – free blogs for teachers http:// edublogs.org /
    40. 40. Also : Check your VLE <ul><li>Your school VLE may have blog and wiki features that you can use. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually only visible to users – not to whole web </li></ul><ul><li>More protected area </li></ul><ul><li>Advert-free </li></ul>
    41. 41. Contact me: <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/dannynic </li></ul><ul><li>www.think-bank.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.whiteboardblog.co.uk </li></ul>
    42. 42. Reminder: <ul><li>Links to all sites mentioned on the wiki at </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.scittscience.co.uk /wiki </li></ul>

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