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Slide deck used for Wikis in the Classroom workshop; full details available at: http://pwoessner.wikispaces.com/Wikis+in+the+Classroom

Slide deck used for Wikis in the Classroom workshop; full details available at: http://pwoessner.wikispaces.com/Wikis+in+the+Classroom

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  • 1. Wikis in the classroom
    Patrick Woessner
    MICDS Summer Teacher Institute 2010
  • 2. Workshop Agenda
    Why Wikis
    Cooperative Learning
    Project Based Learning
    Authentic Assessment
    Classroom Examples
    Type -- Tool -- Task
    Compare and Create
    Media Wiki
    Assessing Wikis
    Q and A
    Image Source: http://spacewithapurpose.wikispaces.com/Wikis+Home
  • 3. Why Wikis in the classroom?
    Support group projects/group authoring
    Greater accountability
    Connect students and facilitate peer review
    Synchronous and asynchronous communication
    Organize and distribute resources
    Class page/project website
    Showcase student work
    Control access
    Provide timely feedback
    Makes learning transparent
    Image Source: http://www.jeffstanger.net/blog/
  • 4. Why Wikis?: Cooperative Learning
    Cooperative Learning is a relationship in a group of students that requires positive interdependence (a sense of sink or swim together), individual accountability (each of us has to contribute and learn), interpersonal skills (communication, trust, leadership, decision making, and conflict resolution), face-to-face promotive interaction, and processing (reflecting on how well the team is functioning and how to function even better).
    Text Source: http://www.co-operation.org/
    Image Source: http://www.worksheetlibrary.com/teachingtips/imagecoopgif.gif
  • 5. Why Wikis: Project Based Learning
    Project Based Learning is an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.
    Text Source: http://pbl-online.org/
    Image Source: http://www.profoundlearning.com/Content/EducationSolutions/projectBasedLearning.jpg
  • 6. Why Wikis: Authentic Assessment
    Authentic Assessment provides engaging and worthy problems or questions of importance, in which students must use knowledge to fashion performances effectively and creatively. The tasks are either replicas of or analogous to the kinds of problems faced by adult citizens and consumers or professionals in the field.
    Text Source: Wiggins, 1993, p. 229
    Image Source: http://a100educationalpolicy.pbworks.com/f/1260216782/bigpuzpic.gif
  • 7. Benefits to students
    Opportunities for collaboration
    Learn to work together
    Learn from each other
    Engage every student
    Everyone participates/contributes
    Extends the learning environment
    Resources always available
    Improves organization
    Provides cohesion to the learning experience
    Image Source: http://sciencenotes.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/wiki_web_c-by-andrew-weldon.jpg
  • 8. Wikis in Plain english
  • 9. 2nd Grade: Winter Olympics
    Type: Class Project
    Tool: Wikispaces
    Task: Class created their own Olympic torch and attempted a “virtual” torch relay. Their goal was to see if they could get their torch to all five regions represented by the Olympic rings.
    URL: http://globetrotters.wikispaces.com/Winter+Olympics
  • 10. 5th Grade Geography: Geo-Squirts
    Type: Class Page
    Tool: Wikispaces
    Task: Teacher-managed portal for collaborative projects with other schools; also serves as a showcase for student work.
    URL: http://geo-squirts-usa.wikispaces.com/
  • 11. 6th Grade History: Rome and China
    Type: Project Wiki
    Tool: Wikispaces
    Task: Students individually researched a question related to Han China and Imperial Rome. Findings were shared on the wiki and the activity culminated in an oral presentation.
    URL: http://romeandchina.wikispaces.com/
  • 12. 7th Grade Science: Evolution
    Type: Project Wiki
    Tool: MediaWiki
    Task: Students (working alone or in pairs) chose one of three questions to research and used the wiki to organize their findings. Final product was an image-based presentation.
    URL: http://wiki.micds.org/wiki/The_Evolution_Project
  • 13. 7th Grade English: Animal Farm
    Type: Project Wiki
    Tool: MediaWiki
    Task: Students worked in small groups and completed several tasks that would enable them to teach two chapters of Animal Farm to their peers.
    URL: http://wiki.micds.org/wiki/Animal_Farm
  • 14. 8th Grade English: Single Scene Play
    Type: Project
    Tool: MediaWiki
    Task: Working in small groups, students wrote a single scene play that included cast descriptions, stage directions, and dialog.
    URL: http://tinyurl.com/wikiplay
  • 15. 9th Grade English: Survivor Island
    Type: Project
    Tool: Pbworks
    Task: Transform “Lord of the Flies” into a cooperative learning experience where groups of students are “stranded” on an island and survival is the goal.
    URL: http://lordofsurvival.pbworks.com/
  • 16. AP Calculus: Solution Manual
    Type: Student Resource
    Tool: Pbworks
    Task: Students help each other learn by writing a collaborative solutions manual that includes a detailed annotation of the steps involved.
    URL: http://apcalc2008.pbworks.com/
  • 17. Advanced Chemistry: Lab Report
    Type: Project
    Tool: MediaWiki
    Task: Students published their lab reports and included statements of contribution and concurrence. Note use of tables and formulas.
    URL: http://tinyurl.com/micdschemlab
  • 18. Global Issues: Wiki Books
    Type: Wiki Book
    Tool: MediaWiki
    Task: Student groups researched and shared aspects of a global issue for different regions of the world. Final product was a “book” on the topic of study.
    URL: http://wiki.micds.org/book/Main_Page/Global_Issues
  • 19. Using Wikis: so easy a mouse can do it
    Image Source: http://www.funnytimes.com/playground/img/123470786525169.png
  • 20. Getting Started: WIKISPACES
    Wikispaces provides ad-free wikis for K-12 use at no cost.
    Wikispaces Private Label provides additional services and levels of control for an annual fee
  • 21. Getting Started: WIKISPACES
    Very easy to customize, edit, and manage
    Video, audio, calendars, documents, and more can be added via Widgets without knowledge of HTML
    All Wikispaces you own or to which you belong can be accessed and managed from one central location
    Does not support page sections like Mediawiki; only one person can edit a page at any given time
    Hosted by Wikispaces; convenient but your data is on someone else’s server
  • 22. Getting Started: MEDIAWIKI
    Mediawikiis free and powerful; Wikipedia is built on the Mediawiki platform
    Can be hosted locally or through a hosting service
  • 23. Getting Started: MEDIAWIKI
    Supports page sections for multi-user page editing
    Local hosting provides complete control over users and data
    Features like the Book Creation Tool and <ref tag are well suited for student research
    Requires knowledge of wiki syntax
    Design options rather limited; multi-media can be challenging to include on a page
  • 24. Getting started: PBWORKS
    PBworksoffers Basic, Classroom, and Campus editions of their wiki service for K-12 educators
    Hosting is provided and upgrading service allows for greater flexibility and control
  • 25. Getting Started: PBWORKS
    Folder structure allows for easy file management
    Almost any online tool with an embed code can be used in PBworks.
    Classroom and Campus Editions are less expensive than Wikispaces Private Label
    No discussion tab; requires posting threaded comments which are visible on main page
    Hosted by Pbworks; convenient but your data is on someone else’s server
  • 26. A word about permissions
    Wikis can be public or private
    If public, students should not share personal information
    If private, you control who can edit and view
    Important pages should be locked from editing
  • 27. Assessing Wikis
    Process is as important as Product
    Utilize History, in-class observations, & peer review
    Read-Write-Think offers a 5 category wiki rubric:
    Contribution to the Group
    Tools like Rubistar and iRubric can greatly aid the rubric creation process and allow for easy collaboration among teachers.
  • 28.
  • 29. Questions?
    Visit the workshop wiki for more information at http://pwoessner.wikispaces.com/Wikis+in+the+Classroom
    Feel free to play in our sandbox wiki at http://micdssandbox.wikispaces.com/
    Contact me directly at pwoessner@micds.org