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  • Using Wikis to create a dynamic learning experience Shane Brazile Vernisa Durden Frances Ohanenye
  • Wikispaces What is a “Wiki"?A wiki is a space on the Web where you can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media — and anything else you can think of. Wikispaces is special because we give you a visual editor and a bunch ofother tools to make sharing all kinds of content as easy for students as it is for their teachers. - Wikispaces.com
  • Inspiring education• How do educators bring excitement into learning and their classrooms?• Wikis offer an opportunity to create a dynamic learning experience.• Sharples, Taylor, and Vavoula (2007) found technology was “supporting and augmenting the semiotic activities, contributing a much richer experience” (p. 241). Sharples, M., Taylor, J., & Vavoula, G. (2007). A theory of learning for the mobile age. In R. Andrews & C. Haythornthwaite (Eds.), The Sage handbook of elearning research (pp. 221-47). London: Sage.
  • What can teachers do with Wikispaces?• Create student portfolios – Students create a wiki showing work/projects they’ve created.• Students can collaborate on project wikis – Set up groups to work together showing what they know.• Set up a wiki for your class information – Teachers can access from any computer or mobile device.• Deliver content to students online – Students could access lessons and support information from anywhere, at anytime.
  • How would students use a wiki?• Have students create online posters – Old displays can become dynamic presentations online with pictures, videos, and links.• Collaboration – Students can work together in a class online or students can work with kids across the nation/world online on wikis.• Assignments can be uploaded to their wiki – Go green! Less paper wasted.
  • Lesson Example on Wikispaces
  • Student Wiki Example (Embedded Video) (Important Facts)
  • Justification of CostFor single classroom use, Wikispaces are absolutely FREE. This means thatteachers can create a wiki for their class or classes if they are departmentalizedand not worry about spending their own money. With all of the budgetshortfalls, this is certainly reassuring to know.
  • Educators receive:An unlimited number of members can join their wiki Visual editing which allows text format, insertion of pictures and files, and educators can add links to other pages. Wikispaces that are ad-free Customized themes
  • Target Audience and ContentWikis are collaborative tools to exchange ideas, files, images, acrossany subject.Students need basic knowledge of PC and the Internet: mouse,navigating a website, logging on, posting comments, inserting imagesand files.Most effective for Grades 5-12 who can work more independentlydue to internet experience; embedded email is safe platform.Very appropriate for teacher/peer collaborationCollege professors tailor Wikis for high-level interaction/instruction.
  • Grade Level Stages for Using Wikis5th grade Introduction to wikis; learn the basics like how to sign up and log on; posting comments, uploading assignments and completing teacher-posted learning tasks.6th-8th Using wikis to collaborate with each other on large scale projects and assignments; Uploading assignments, pictures, files, and images; Higher teacher expectation to use classroom wikis as a primary source for class information and updates.9th and beyond Students begin creating wikis to fit academic needs; Teacher-to-teacher collaboration on Wiki
  • Summation 1: Appropriate Context for Wiki• Simple interface with a visual page editor• Very versatile: multimedia capable• Author/creator controls content or contextual constraints and language use• A virtual environment for collaboration, problem solving, peer editing, and electronic portfolio• Graphical user interface
  • Summation 2: Appropriate Context for Wiki• Digital storytelling/global conversation• Information literacy and 21st century skills• Pliable, scalable opportunities for differentiation• Inquiry-based learning for acquiring, processing, and synthesizing information• Instant monitoring and feedback• Inbuilt security feature to control tampering