Review where blogs and wikis fit into our lives (socially and educationally)
Themes Global Awareness Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy Civic Literacy Health Literacy Skills Problem Solving Collaboration Analytical thinking Communication Finding and Evaluating Information Creating and Innovating Tools Newspapers, books, spreadsheets, graphing calculators, computers, internet resources, websites, databases, digital libraries, television, observational and measurement tools, videos, DVD’s, CD’s, telecommunication, word processing, presentation tools, smart boards, GPS, probes, manipulatives, geometry tools, digital cameras, laptops, multimedia, scanners, video equipment, digital recorders,mp3 technology, cell phones……
21 st Century Skills
Do teachers have to be tech savvy?
Learning and Innovation Skills
Information, Media and Technology Skills
Life and Career Skills
What is a blog?
What is a
Blogs have one standard characteristic, however: the posting .
Blog postings are text entries, similar to a diary or journal, which include a posting date and may include comments by people other than the author, photos, links, or other digital media.
Blogger: any contributor to a blog
Blogging: the processes of creating or maintaining a blog
multi-Blog: an online "conversation" taking place between several blogs
Post: Creating a comment or replying to another’s comments
Moderate: The ability of the blog creator to control who can post and or what can be posted
Educational Benefits of Blogs
In addition to providing teachers with an excellent tool for communicating with students, there are numerous educational benefits of blogs.
Highly motivating to students, especially those who otherwise might not become participants in classrooms.
Excellent opportunities for students to read and write.
Effective forums for collaboration and discussion.
Powerful tools to enable us to scaffold learning or mentoring to occur.
Some examples: A traditional Educational “Web Log” Busy Cook Blog Financial Blog Forrester’s Consumer Forum (Forum Blog) Software Marketing Resource Webmaster World Forum
Students write better when they have a real audience
Promote open dialog where students share knowledge and reflect on a topic
Essentially a dynamic, collectively authored set of web pages.
Invented in 1995 by Ward Cunningham to facilitate online collaboration about programming and design best practices.
Evolved by the early 2000’s into a way to facilitate all kinds of online collaboration.
Wiki – Wikipedia Definition
A wiki (according to Ward Cunningham) is a type of website that allows users to add and edit content and is especially suited for constructive collaborative authoring.
In essence, a wiki is a simplification of the process of creating HTML pages combined with a system that records each individual change that occurs over time, so that at any time, a page can be reverted to any of its previous states.
How the Wiki Got Its Name
Wiki is the Hawaiian word meaning “quick”, “fast”, or “to hasten”.
Wiki-Wiki is the name of the bus line in the Honolulu International Airport.
Ward Cunningham ca. 2004
How the Wiki Got Its Name
How the Wiki Got Its Name “ Wiki-wiki to the beach.” - Elvis Presley (as Chad Gates) in the movie Blue Hawaii (1961). The line was said with a snap of the fingers.
More about Wikis
Wiki (according to UIC Prof. Steve Jones)
K ollaborative (collaborative)
Wiki is sometimes interpreted as the backronym for “What I Know Is”, which describes the knowledge contribution, storage and exchange function.
What Can You Do With a Wiki?
Easily create and edit web pages, including styled text, hyperlinks, pictures, audio, video, etc.
Easy for a group to collaborate on creating online documents
Obstacles to Adoption
Wikis are usually open to anyone, and “if anyone can edit my text, anyone can ruin my text” (not so, since changes are logged, authors are notified, pages are easily restored – no challenge to hackers).
Authority is unclear – who “owns” a collaborative document?
Wiki openness is at odds with typical work habits
Wikipedia – “A multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia written collaboratively by volunteers …(with) editions in over 180 languages. According to Hitwise, an online measurement company, Wikipedia is the most popular reference site on the Internet.”
Esquire article about Wikipedia
Written collaboratively using Wikipedia
The article was edited 224 times in the first 24 hours after it was first posted, and another 149 times in the next 24 hours.
The final draft, which was locked on Sept. 23 to protect it from further edits, reflects the efforts of the many users who worked on it.
Jon Udell Screencast
Heavy Metal Umlaut in Wikipedia (ö, ü)
“ The 8.5-minute screencast turns the change history of this Wiki page into a movie, scrolls forward and backward along the timeline of the document, and follows the development of several motifs.”