WHAT IN THEWORLD WIDE WEBIS A WIKI?By Jessica JundefProfessional Development for Middle School
• The word wiki comes fromthe Hawaiian word wiki-wikiwhich means quick.• Coined by HowardCunningham, a UScomputer programmerwho created thefirst Wiki in 1995.• He took the namefrom the wiki-wikiairport terminal busin Hawaii.WIKI-WIKIwww.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/10/where-the-word-wiki-comes-from/
A wiki is acollaborativewebsite wherea community ofusers areallowed toadd, deleteand modifycontent.WHAT’S A WIKI?(Shelly, p. 314)For more info check out this videoby Common Craft: Wikis in Plain English
WIKI+ENCYCLOPEDIA=WIKIPEDIAOne of themost viewedwikis on theinternet.
WHAT CAN A TEACHERDO WITH A WIKI?Image from: http://teacheronline.us/flip/lecture_cap_print.html
(Shelly, p.314)WIKIS CAN BE INTEGRATED INTOVIRTUALLY ANY CURRICULUM.
WIKIS AS ORGANIZERSImage from http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/• Use a wiki to create and curate onlinematerials for students.• Project details, websitelinks, documents, handouts, images, videos, and calendars can all be accessedeasily by students from any device withinternet access.
WIKIS FOR RESEARCH• Students can compile their individual research tocreate a class wiki on a specific topic.• They can also edit and contribute to the research ofother classmates.• Students can organize and share reliable resources byciting their sources.• Research wikis can be used to collect information forany topic across the curriculum from Art to Algebra.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide anaccurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
WIKIS FOR COMMENTING• The comment section provides a forum for studentsto learn the delicate art of commenting which is anexcellent skill to develop as the importance ofsocial media and the internet continue to grow.• Commenting also provides an outlet for students toreflect and challenge their peers by commentingon their work and engaging in group discussion.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, ingroups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building onothers’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.• With the comment tool that isfeatured in all wikis, studentscan provide meaningful andinsightful commentary onstudent work, research, andreading materials.
WIKIS AS GALLERIES• Use the wiki as a virtual gallery.• Allow students to upload their originalfine or digital art to the gallery wiki.• Use these images as inspiration for acreative writing project.• Invitestudents, teachers, parents, communitymembers, Twitter followers, Skypefriends, or any art lovers around the globeto visit the class gallery and comment.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing aswell as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboardingskills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
WIKIS FOR PORTFOLIOS• Wikis are an excellentway for students tocreate ane-portfolio.• Each year they cancontinue to update andadd writingsamples, images, presentations, videos, etc. totheir wiki.• This will provide anexcellentdocumentation of thestudents’ academiccareers.
WIKIS FOR PD• Create a private wiki for teachers.• Teachers can post their most successfullesson plans by topic.• This wiki will serve as a resource forteachers to learn from each other andinspire teachers to update their lessonplans.• Commenting would be encourage sothat teachers would have the opportunityto ask questions and give complements.
HOW DO I GET ONE?There are many websites onthe internet where you cancreate your own wiki for free.
CONGRATULATIONSWelcome to your wiki.Now let’s add some content.
EDIT YOUR HOME PAGEClick on PagesClick EditThis changes thewebpage into aneditable pagemuch like a WordDocument
FILL YOUR PAGEDeletedefaulttext Add your own contentText, images, links, documents, videos, etc.
Add contentClick on PagesType in contentSelect all defaulttext and delete.SAVE AND SHAREClick Saveand thedocumentturns back intoa webpage.Share this URLand invite othersto view your wiki.
SOURCES• Hiskey, Daven. “2010 October.” Today I Found Out RSS.N.p., n.d. Web 04 June 2013• Shelly, Gary B., Glenda A. Gunter, and Randolph E. Gunter.Teachers Discovering Computers: Integrating Technology in aConnected World. Boston, MA: Course Technology CengageLearning, 2012. Print.• “Teachers First – Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers.”TeachersFirst: More Wiki Ideas for the Classroom. The Source forLearning, Inc., n.d. Web. 04 June 2013• “Wiki.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 06 Apr. 2013. Web. 04June 2013
BY JESSICA JUNDEFJJUNDEF@GMAIL.COMFor Intro to Educational TechnologySummer 2013
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