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Digital Writing Wiki Presentation

  1. 1. Wikis in the<br />Classroom<br />Debbie Alcorn<br />2010<br />Digital Writing <br />
  2. 2. A wiki is a type of website that is developed collaboratively by a group of users, and can be easily added to or edited by anyone (known as &apos;open editing&apos;). <br />&apos;Wiki&apos; is a Hawaiian word meaning &apos;quick&apos; (when repeated it means &apos;very quick&apos;) and was first used in this sense in 1995 by the US computer programmer Ward Cunningham, who called his website the WikiWikiWeb. <br />The best-known wiki is probably Wikipedia (an online encyclopedia that anyone can contribute articles to).<br />What is a Wiki?<br />http://www.askoxford.com/worldofwords/<br />
  3. 3. www.http://PBWorks.com<br />
  4. 4. Why use PBWorks?<br /> <br />Simplify security:Shared drives are normally only accessible from within the office or through a VPN connection. PBworks is outside your firewall, and uses its own authentication system, which you always can edit and control. <br /> <br />Reduce email insanity:Emailing a document to 10 people creates 10 different copies of the document and maylead to confusion.  By keeping the most up-to-date copy in one central location, there&apos;s less chance of confusion in the group.<br /> <br />Get notified of changes:PBworks can notify you via email when pages on your workspaces change.  You can control the frequency of these notifications. <br /> (From the PBWorks User Manual)<br />
  5. 5. Why use PBWorks?<br />Use different workspaces to organize different aspects of your teaching, and the people that belong to it <br />Have a club workspace, a PLC workspace, and a classroom workspace <br />Add different groups of users to the different workspaces, and manage access to them all through my.pbworks.com<br />Add a classroom account for students without an email account<br />
  6. 6. PBWorks is student and teacher friendly<br />
  7. 7. How can a wiki help you?<br />Post a calendar with assignments, due dates, and give the wiki address to parents, too<br />Use a wiki for home schooled students or online assignments<br />Post copies of assignments so students can access them from home and eliminate some excuses!<br />Post Power Point Presentations on the wiki so students can review from home without damaging the presentations<br />Use a wiki for an educational exchange<br />Post classroom photos and videos<br />
  8. 8. You can set up an individual page for students to post their work<br />Their own page gives them ownership and instant publication in a secure environment<br />Students can comment on each other’s pages<br />Students love the layout and are more willing to complete assignments on the wiki<br />The opportunity to master innovative technology <br />What does a wiki offer a student?<br />
  9. 9. http://msalcorn.pbworks.com/<br />Now, off to my latest wiki page!<br />

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