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Turbo Charged Wikis

  1. 1. Jon Orech Instructional Technology Coordinator Downers Grove South H.S. [email_address] Turbo-Charged Wikis
  2. 2. Thinking beyond the tools <ul><li>How does the tool promote a fundamental literacy? </li></ul><ul><li>How does the technology extend the learning experience? </li></ul><ul><li>What pedagogy will ensure the success of 1 and 2? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a wiki ? (thanks to Lee and Sachi Lefever) <ul><li>A collaborative web space that can be viewed and changed by anyone* on line. The most widely known wiki is Wikipedia . </li></ul><ul><li>“ Seven Things You Should Know About Wikis” (Educause Learning Initiative) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Features on most wikis <ul><li>Edit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add/ edit text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insert files, images, movies, hyperlinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed HTML </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save </li></ul>
  5. 5. More Features of Wikis <ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green= added </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yellow= changed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red=deleted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User settings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restricted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How do I make and use one? <ul><li>Select a wiki location* </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate the space </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on privacy parameters </li></ul><ul><li>Enroll users </li></ul><ul><li>Give “the charge” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Wiki locations <ul><li>Content Management Systems (Blackboard, Moodle) </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>Wetpaint </li></ul><ul><li>Pbwiki </li></ul><ul><li>Jottit </li></ul>Which one is best for me?
  8. 8. Samples from wikispaces What collaborative projects would benefit from a wiki? What are the practical applications?
  9. 9. Wikis in the Classroom: Theory…
  10. 10. Wikis in the Classroom: Reality…
  11. 12. Cooperative Learning (Johnson and Johnson) <ul><li>P ositive interdependence </li></ul><ul><li>I ndividual accountability </li></ul><ul><li>G roup Processing </li></ul><ul><li>S ocial Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Face to face interaction </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Positive Interdependence </li></ul><ul><li>Goal </li></ul><ul><li>Role </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Task </li></ul><ul><li>Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Small Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>View history </li></ul><ul><li>Random questioning </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Face to Face Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Revision </li></ul><ul><li>Group Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Peer reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Social Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Netiquette </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiate revision </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizing strengths </li></ul>
  14. 16. Instead of… “ Wikis are really cool. How can we get kids to use them?” Think… “ We have this collaborative task; how are we going to compile all the information together? Hey, let’s use a wiki!”
  15. 17. Most important <ul><li>Develop a project that is not merely assessed and “turned in.” </li></ul><ul><li>Instead, the resulting product is something that can be utilized by contributors and/or viewers. </li></ul>
  16. 18. What do teachers think? Isabelle Menke French III
  17. 19. What are the advantages of wikis? <ul><li>Relatively simple technology </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes “real-world” collaboration skills </li></ul><ul><li>Asynchronous writing results in richer communication (Mabrito, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Pools strengths of many </li></ul>
  18. 20. More advantages <ul><li>Assessable, easy to track </li></ul><ul><li>Enables world-wide collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Online collaborative writing produces higher quality writing than face-to-face collaboration (Passig and Schwartz, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Meets state standards* </li></ul>
  19. 21. TEKS Standards §126.12. Technology Applications Computer Literacy <ul><li>(4)  Information acquisition. The student uses a variety of strategies to acquire information from electronic resources, with appropriate supervision. </li></ul><ul><li>(7)  Solving problems. The student uses appropriate computer-based productivity tools to create and modify solutions to problems. </li></ul><ul><li>(8)  Solving problems. The student uses research skills and electronic communication, with appropriate supervision, to create new knowledge. </li></ul>
  20. 22. How do I ensure student learning? <ul><li>Develop an acceptable use policy to ensure “Digital Professionalism.” </li></ul><ul><li>Create student-generated rubrics and have students self assess. “Assessment for learning” (Stiggins). </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor progress and give feedback on the wiki itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Instill Cooperative Learning pedagogy. </li></ul>

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