Wikis In The Classroom

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  • Wikis In The Classroom

    1. 1. Get Wiki with It!!!!! <ul><li>An Introduction to Using Wikis in the Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>By Bill Gaskins </li></ul>Special Thank sAubri Keleman
    2. 2. Teaching with Wikis <ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce wikis and present </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis as information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis as professional tools for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for using wikis with students </li></ul>
    3. 5. What is a Wiki? <ul><li>A piece of software </li></ul><ul><li>Like a word document online </li></ul><ul><li>A page anyone can edit </li></ul>
    4. 6. Yes but can I learn to use it? <ul><li>You can learn to use a wiki in 30-60 min. </li></ul><ul><li>There are several free sources for wikis. </li></ul>
    5. 7. What’s important about a wiki? <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperlinks </li></ul>
    6. 8. Wikipedia: <ul><li>Wikipedia is: </li></ul><ul><li>A free encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Multilingual </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based </li></ul><ul><li>Written collaboratively by volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Most articles can be changed by anyone </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia has more than 3,210,000 articles </li></ul>
    7. 11. Wikis as Information Sources <ul><li>What do you know about Wikipedia? </li></ul>
    8. 12. Wikipedia
    9. 13. Wikipedia
    10. 14. Wikis as Information Sources <ul><li>Nature magazine carried out an expert-led </li></ul><ul><li>investigation of Wikipedia comparing it to </li></ul><ul><li>Britannica. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The exercise revealed numerous errors in </li></ul><ul><li>both encyclopedias, but among 42 entries </li></ul><ul><li>tested, the difference in accuracy was not </li></ul><ul><li>particularly great: the average science entry </li></ul><ul><li>in Wikipedia contained around four </li></ul><ul><li>inaccuracies; Britannica, about three.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Giles, 2005, 1) </li></ul>
    11. 15. Wikis as Information Sources <ul><li>University of Buffalo professor Alex Havelis </li></ul><ul><li>created 13 errors on various posts of </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia. All were fixed within a couple of </li></ul><ul><li>hours. </li></ul><ul><li>During the tsunami, Wikipedia was called </li></ul><ul><li>“ the most comprehensive source </li></ul><ul><li>on the web.” </li></ul><ul><li>( Richardson, 2005,2) </li></ul>
    12. 16. Wikis as Information Sources <ul><li>Wikipedia or Whackypedia… </li></ul>
    13. 17. Wikijunior
    14. 18. Wikijunior
    15. 19. Wikis as Professional Tools for Teachers <ul><li>Wikis support collaborative projects by: </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>School board members </li></ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
    16. 21. Wikis in Elementary and Middle Schools <ul><li>Wikis in upper elementary school have been </li></ul><ul><li>used for collaborative writing: </li></ul><ul><li>Class newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>Story telling </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Correcting teacher samples of writing </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Other ideas for wikis: </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Group work </li></ul>
    17. 23. Buckman Arts Magnet Elementary School
    18. 24. Sample for First Grade
    19. 25. How might students use wikis? <ul><li>As information sources </li></ul><ul><li>As collaborative tools for group work </li></ul><ul><li>As an authentic reason to write and read </li></ul><ul><li>As a way to publish and share work </li></ul>
    20. 26. Information Literacy Lessons Related to Wikis <ul><li>Kindergarten: </li></ul><ul><li>How to type </li></ul><ul><li>How to use a mouse </li></ul><ul><li>How to paste a picture in a wiki ABC book </li></ul><ul><li>Grade three: </li></ul><ul><li>How to edit a wiki </li></ul><ul><li>How to add to the class wikipedia </li></ul>
    21. 27. Information Literacy Lessons Related to Wikis <ul><li>Grade 7: </li></ul><ul><li>Using wikis on a collaborative project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(A single lesson could be on respect in wikiland) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluating wikipedia as a resource </li></ul><ul><li>Adding to wikijunior or wikipedia </li></ul>
    22. 28. PbWiki
    23. 29. PbWiki
    24. 30. Seedwiki
    25. 31. Get Wiki With It Bill Gaskins Carvers Bay Middle School [email_address] www.bloggingonthebay.org

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