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A review of how our campus and district uses blogs and wikis.

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Region XIII Presentation

  1. 1. Paula Murray & Joel Adkins Blogs & Wikis
  2. 2. Blogs & Wikis Defined <ul><li>From Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>by Will Richardson </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are easily created, easily updateable websites. Weblogs are the most widely adopted tool of the Read/Write web so far. </li></ul><ul><li>A wiki is a collaborative webspace where visitors and collaborators can add content and edit content that has already been published.  </li></ul>
  3. 3. Use in our district <ul><li>Librarians are trailblazing </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and principals are reading blogs and contributing to discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Some staff and a handful of principals are experimenting with blogs and wikis in the classroom. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Timeline <ul><li>2006 – inundated with idea of blogs & wikis from magazines, workshops, conferences, and Thomas Friedman </li></ul><ul><li>We wanted to know how they were used, where they were hosted, and how much it cost </li></ul><ul><li>Also….how do we get these sites unblocked by our filter!?!  </li></ul>
  5. 5. First steps <ul><li>“ Sell” the idea of allowing access to blogs and wikis to our technology team </li></ul><ul><li>Select a handful of blog and wiki sites to work with – Edublogs, SchoolCenter, Blogger, PBWiki, WetPaint </li></ul><ul><li>Most of these are FREE and educator-friendly </li></ul>
  6. 6. Resources <ul><li>Our resources included blogs by David Warlick, Will Richardson, Miguel Guhlin, and Dr. Tim Tyson’s Mabry Middle School site ( http://mabryonline.org/ ) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our Plan of Attack! <ul><li>Five Easy steps: </li></ul><ul><li>One: Just read a blog post </li></ul><ul><li>Two: Respond when ready </li></ul><ul><li>Three: Develop your own “voice” </li></ul><ul><li>Four: Build a blog to share your “voice” </li></ul><ul><li>Five: Invite friends/colleagues to your blog </li></ul>
  8. 8. So….where are we? <ul><li>http://techxas.edublogs.org for directory marked “rxiii” </li></ul><ul><li>Classes, principals, clubs, parent organizations, committees, book studies, etc. = all communicating in blogs & wikis </li></ul>
  9. 9. Where are we going? <ul><li>RSS and Pageflakes </li></ul><ul><li>YackPack groups – audio discussions </li></ul><ul><li>NING – shared social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Dodgeball – portable social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter  - sharing “what r u doing?” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Talk to us! <ul><li>Visit our online discussions and contribute to our topics: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.whschaps.com/blogs.html </li></ul>Paula Murray – [email_address] Joel Adkins – [email_address]

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