Wikis in the classroom

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Wikis in the classroom

  1. 1. Wikis in the Classroom Presentors Tammy Gillmore Rachel Newell Drew Nolley JimBob Turner
  2. 2. Introduction to Topic: What is a Wiki? ➢ A website that allows collaborative editing of its content and structure by its users Use of the word “wiki” over time.
  3. 3. Creating the Wiki: The Birth ➢ “WikiWikiWeb,” 1994, 1995 -- Ward Cunningham ➢ c2.com (Cunningham’s company website): first true wiki ➢ “WikiWikiWeb” inspired by “Wiki Wiki Shuttle” at Hawaii airport ○ “Wiki” = Hawaiian for “quick”
  4. 4. Top 10 Wiki Sites 1. Wikispaces 2. PBworks 3. Wetpaint 4. Zoho Wiki 5. FreedomShare 6. Wikia 7. Wikispot 8. Wiki-Site 9. Weebly 10.Google Sites
  5. 5. Why We Distrust(ed) Them: The Teenage Years ➢Unreliable -- anyone can edit them ○ EX: Wikipedia ➢2005 study by Denning, et al.: Problem areas 1. Accuracy: Not knowing which content is accurate; often exacerbated by lack of references. 2. Motives: Not knowing the motives of editors, who may be biased for various reasons. 3. Expertise: Not knowing the expertise of editors. 4. Stability: Not knowing the stability of an article and how much it has changed since the last viewing. 5. Coverage: Spotty coverage of topics. 6. Sources: Cited information may come from hidden or non-independent source
  6. 6. Why We CAN Trust Them: The 20s/Adulthood ➢Fairly strictly monitored ➢Most wikis will tell you when a text was last edited ➢A lot of the information is fairly accurate ➢Most wikis have privacy settings ○ Blocks outside users
  7. 7. (Wiki)pedia ➢ Most popular Wiki ➢ Most often used for quick facts ➢ Not recommended for research.
  8. 8. As a Think Tank...in class • • • Wiki pages become a powerful tool in the classroom as think tanks. o This method allows students to take ownership of the wiki and interact in class with other students. A teacher will set up a wiki page and allow the students to access the page and contribute to the wiki. o Each student can have their own page on the wiki to put material and allow other students to comment on it. o There is also a discussion tab available and this allows the teacher (or a student) to start a discussion.  Material can move from just the classroom to the web. It is also a way to make the quiet students vocal and gather valuable ideas. o It is easier for some to voice opinions on the web rather than in the classroom.
  9. 9. In this wiki each student has his/her website, allowing him/her to post to that page.
  10. 10. As a Website • • • • • Websites are expensive to create and maintain; wikis are not! They are very similar to blogs, but provide a more efficient way to organize information. o See a blog example here. They are easy to update You can store and organize information easily You can use them to collaborate with other people on projects o See a wiki example here.
  11. 11. As a Website
  12. 12. For Collaboration
  13. 13. You are here... gillmorepd.wikispaces.com
  14. 14. Choices...Choices! PBWorks ● pbworks.com Wikispaces ● wikispaces.com Wikia ● http://www.wikia.com/Special:CreateNewWiki
  15. 15. How to Create 1. Choose preferred layout. 2. Create an account. 3. You have a wiki!
  16. 16. To add info...
  17. 17. Now What?!
  18. 18. Now to Beautify...
  19. 19. Questions?
  20. 20. Works Cited “Can You Ever Trust a Wiki? ImpactingPerceived Trustworthiness in Wikipedia” 12 Nov. 2008. Web. Google. Definitions.https://www.google.com/search?q=definition+of+wiki&oq=definition+of+w&sour ceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 History of Wikis. http://wikis.wikia.com/wiki/History_of_wikis Kapuler, David. “Top 10 Sites for Creating a Wiki. http://www.techlearning.com/default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=583 “The Teachers’ Guide to Wikipedia in the Classroom.” Teach Thought. 9 Oct. 2013. Nov. 2013. http://www.teachthought.com/technology/teachers-guide-wikipedia-classroom/

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