What In The World Is A Wiki


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What In The World Is A Wiki

  1. 1.  What in theWorld is aWiki? Please log in using the web address and username on your handout!
  2. 2. Workshop Objectives  Participants will gain the technical knowledge needed to set- up and maintain a classroom wiki in a secure manner.  Participants will be presented with creative methods to bridge the gap between Language Arts and Reading through online wiki communities, including literary review libraries, readers' response, collaborative book report projects, literary magazines, and more.  Participants will be given criteria to assess student wikis and maintain a high standard of grammar.  Participants will themselves experience logging in and writing on a wiki.
  3. 3. Overview  What IS a wiki??  “wiki” is the Hawaiian word for “fast”  A website consisting of user- generated content  www.wikipedia.org  PBworks is a wiki-hosting company that offers free wiki accounts for educational purposes.
  4. 4. WhyWiki?  Fosters collaboration between students  Expands time outside of the classroom  Facilitates peer review, revision, and editing  Instant publishing of student work  School-wide applications  Increased student motivation
  5. 5. WhyWiki?  “When students write a paper, they're usually only writing for their teacher. When they know their peers will read what they write, students care and they try harder.” - Mike Lawrence, Executive Director, CUE  “Teachers should use wikis in their classrooms because it is a user-friendly, effective way to create an online learning community. It’s a fun and easy way to incorporate technology into the learning environment.” – KC Rice, 7th grade Reading
  6. 6. WhyWiki?  “Using a wiki motivates me because I can see other assignments that were written before mine and see what other people have thought of what I have done. A wiki benefits me as a learner because other students can comment on my work and I can see if I should do better.” – Dreyton, 6th grade  “Most kids hate to write so they will not do their homework, but if the teacher says to go to the wiki and do it, most kids will because it involves the computer and it's easier.” – Codi, 6th grade
  7. 7. Possibilities  Book Reviews  Collaborative Projects  Literary Magazines  Classroom Discussion  Student Writing Portfolios  Big Ideas and Questions  Homework help forums  PTA and Parent forums  Classroom Websites  Department Websites and Lesson Libraries  Professional Development  And so much more!
  8. 8. YourTurn  In our Wiki, click the Discussion: Questions About Wikis link. Post your response as a comment at the bottom of the page.
  9. 9. Security Concerns  Completely private, password protected  Teachers can set up accounts for students – no email accounts needed!  Automatically generates passwords and usernames
  10. 10. Security Concerns  All changes to pages are logged automatically with the “Page History” feature.
  11. 11. Security Concerns  Teachers receive notifications via email of all edits and comments.  Be sure to have consequences in place for students who misuse your wiki.
  12. 12. Set-Up Concerns  PBworks has an outstanding user manual that will help you get set up in no time.  They also send out daily emails during the first week of your subscription to help you.
  13. 13. Set-Up Concerns  On our wiki, we have collected some of the most helpful guides, along with some of our tips to help
  14. 14. Example – Book ReviewWiki  Creates a student generated data base of book reviews  Students summarize and evaluate great books they have read
  15. 15. Example – Book ReviewWiki  Fosters literary community and excitement among students  Students comment on reviews to share opinions and recommendations
  16. 16. Example – Book ReviewWiki  Dividing reviews by genres turns the wiki into a database to help students select new books for personal reading
  17. 17. Example – ClassroomWebsite  Post online directions for assignments  Host PowerPoint slideshows, handouts, and other digital media to support class lessons
  18. 18. Example – ClassroomWebsite  Create an online assignment calendar to increase communication with parents and students
  19. 19. Example – Group ProjectWiki  “Expands” classroom time- students can work collaboratively in and out of the classroom
  20. 20. Example – Group ProjectWiki  Encourages peer evaluation and review: students edit and review each other’s work to ensure project meets guidelines
  21. 21. Example – Group ProjectWiki  Templates allow teacher to outline project requirements
  22. 22. Example –Writer’sWorkshopWiki  Students compose and edit their writing online  Gives students access to work at home and at school without flash drives or disks
  23. 23. Example –Writer’sWorkshopWiki  Classmates give feedback for improvements  Increases student pride in work, creates community of writers, and facilitates the revision process
  24. 24. “Wiki-fying”Your Lessons  Almost any lesson can be adjusted for use with a wiki  Benefits of doing this are innumerable  Encourages academic interactions between students  Gives teacher control over project while still giving students freedom  Built-in framework for project through use of templates, folders, and links  Can be used to scaffold learning by guiding students’ thinking
  25. 25. “Wiki-fying”Your Lessons  Three Keys to Success:  Clear Objectives - keep students focused  Framework and Scaffolded Instruction - helps students achieve more than they could normally, with minimal intrusion on your part  Rubrics for Assessments - avoids "Facebook Syndrome"- that everything on the computer is just for fun and not serious. Helps you grade fairly in this new medium
  26. 26. “Wiki-fying”Your Lessons  Clear Objectives – both for your wiki and for your students  Wiki Objectives:  Who is the wiki for? Who will it be seen by? Who can post? Set security options  How will the wiki be organized? Use folders and linking  Student Objectives:  What skills do you want students to demonstrate?  What information should students include? Templates help shape student responses
  27. 27. “Wiki-fying”Your Lessons  Scaffolding Instruction  Post directions in obvious, easy-to-find places: FrontPage, Sidebar  Templates support student thinking process while helping them follow directions  Unlimited multimedia resources- post TeacherTube videos, photos, website links, etc.  Upload Word Documents, PowerPoint Presentations
  28. 28. “Wiki-fying”Your Lessons  Rubrics for Assessments  What criteria will students be assessed on? Number of posts? Quality of posts? Commenting on each other's posts?  Use PBworks’ email notifications to keep track of edits and updates to make monitoring and grading easier  Post rubrics in conspicuous places, hold students responsible for both content and conventions
  29. 29. YourTurn  Follow the directions on either the FrontPage or the SideBar on our wiki for creating your own page.  Use the “Workshop Attendees Template”  Place your page in the “Workshop Attendees” folder  When you finish, browse the pages being created by other participants.  Click on “Workshop Attendees” folder in Navigator on right hand side to browse all pages  Leave a comment to say hello!
  30. 30. YourTurn  Take some time to explore the “Excellent Examples of Wikis to Visit” link in the SideBar  Links to view three of our own wikis  Link to PBworks’ Public Page where you can view wikis from teachers across the country
  31. 31. YourTurn  Click the “Possible Applications” link in the SideBar.  Collection of lesson plans and other ideas for using wikis.  Post a comment with one idea for how you can use a wiki in your school or classroom.
  32. 32. ThankYou!  Jessica Campbell, Oak View Middle School, Alachua County  campbellj@gm.sbac.edu  Kathleen Safi, Florida Virtual School Connections Academy  kathleen.safi@gmail.com  Our wiki will remain active after the conference.  Please refer back to it for ideas and post a comment letting us know how you are using wikis at your school!