A student created text book? I had never before gave this any consideration, but a student created textbook may get the students more involved that any other textbook. They have to be extremely familiar with the material to create it!
Wetpaint seems a great place for educators to connect
and share ideas. Having a central location to exchange
methods and share problems, teachers can turn to this website and find almost any topic they want to discuss.
Wikis can let even parents get involved in education.
Now, students can get information from their teachers
as well as their parents, helping them learn even more.
“ The possibilities for wikis in the classsroom, in other words, are as limitless and never-ending as wikis themselves.”
Wagner, V. (2008, August 29). Wikis in Education: Teaching Students to Share
Knowledge. Commerce Times . Retrieved from: http://
Finding the origin of a word is like uncovering a fossil: exciting and informative! Learning “wiki” is Hawaiian for “quick” helped me see the basic premise of using a wiki.
The concept that a wiki is never complete is great for people who will use the document after the class is finished. They can continue to update it, keeping it current and accurate as time goes on.
Assigning a wiki topic that is narrow, yet has multiple solutions, is a perfect way for teachers to optimize their use of wikis. It lets students be creative without straying too far from the subject of intent.
“ As a constructivist learning activity, wikis allow students to “own” their learning experience in an online collaborative environment.”
Arreguin, C. (2004). Wikis. Encyclopedia of Educational Technology , vol. number
unavailable. Retrieved from http://coe.sdsu.edu/eet/articles/wikis/index.htm
Being reminded that Wikipedia is a wiki is an eye-opening reminder that millions of people use wikis every day! We find them useful, reliable, and part of our daily lives.
Technical support seems essential now, as our society becomes increasingly reliant on increasingly complex technology. Wikis’ simple format and emphasis on security by the community is a welcome respite from the mainstream
As an emerging technology itself, a wiki is a great place to introduce other emerging technologies. The ability to continually update, easily hyperlink, and share experiences make wikis an ideal medium for this type of learning.
“ That vision of a genuinely interactive environment rather than ‘a glorified television channel’…[is] churning away more
actively than ever, in a vivid and chaotic Web-within-the-
web, via an anarchic breed of pages known as ‘wikis.’”
Lamb, B. (2004). Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not. EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 39.
Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Review/
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At the forefront of technology in the classroom, wikis give educators the opportunity to create a community of contributors, rather than a classroom of spectators. Using their simple, user-friendly format and their expanding list of potential uses in the classroom, teachers can use wikis in classrooms today to give students the opportunity for educational growth tomorrow.