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What In The World Is A Wiki

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  • 1. What in the World is a Wiki?
    Please log in using the web address and username on your handout!
  • 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. Overview
    What IS a wiki??
    “wiki” is the Hawaiian word for “fast”
    A website consisting of user-generated content
    PBworks is a wiki-hosting company that offers free wiki accounts for educational purposes.
  • 4. Why Wiki?
    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. Why Wiki?
    “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. Why Wiki?
    “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. 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. Your Turn
    In our Wiki, click the Discussion: Questions About Wikis link. Post your response as a comment at the bottom of the page.
  • 9. Security Concerns
    Completely private, password protected
    Teachers can set up accounts for students – no email accounts needed!
    Automatically generates passwords and usernames
  • 10. Security Concerns
    All changes to pages are logged automatically with the “Page History” feature.
  • 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. 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. Set-Up Concerns
    On our wiki, we have collected some of the most helpful guides, along with some of our tips to help
  • 14. Example – Book Review Wiki
    Creates a student generated data base of book reviews
    Students summarize and evaluate great books they have read 
  • 15. Example – Book Review Wiki
    Fosters literary community and excitement among students
    Students comment on reviews to share opinions and recommendations
  • 16. Example – Book Review Wiki
    Dividing reviews by genres turns the wiki into a database to help students select new books for personal reading
  • 17. Example – Classroom Website
    Post online directions for assignments
    Host PowerPoint slideshows, handouts, and other digital media to support class lessons
  • 18. Example – Classroom Website
    Create an online assignment calendar to increase communication with parents and students
  • 19. Example – Group Project Wiki
    “Expands” classroom time- students can work collaboratively in and out of the classroom
  • 20. Example – Group Project Wiki
    Encourages peer evaluation and review: students edit and review each other’s work to ensure project meets guidelines
  • 21. Example – Group Project Wiki
    Templates allow teacher to outline project requirements
  • 22. Example – Writer’s Workshop Wiki
    Students compose and edit their writing online
    Gives students access to work at home and at school without flash drives or disks
  • 23. Example – Writer’s Workshop Wiki
    Classmates give feedback for improvements
    Increases student pride in work, creates community of writers, and facilitates the revision process
  • 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. “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. “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. “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. “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. Your Turn
    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. Your Turn
    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. Your Turn
    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. Thank You!
    Jessica Campbell, Oak View Middle School, Alachua County
    Kathleen Safi, Florida Virtual School Connections Academy
    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!