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  1. 1. Using wikis in the second language classroom Dr. Yuly Asenci ón-Delaney Modern Languages Department Northern Arizona University
  2. 2. What is a wiki? <ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><li>It’s an open, free, web-based software/application/tool that allows all viewers of a page to change the content by editing the page online in a browser (Ebersbach, Glaser, & Heigl, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a website where anyone can edit anything anytime they want (Richardson, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>Content is ego-less, time-less, and never finished. </li></ul><ul><li>It does not only have text, but also graphics, links, annotations, reflections, PowerPoint presentations, video and audio files, discussion forum, and spreadsheets. </li></ul><ul><li>Content is made available in a quick and uncomplicated manner. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Uses of wiki in the L2 classroom - Examples <ul><li>To teach collaborative writing skills (brainstorming, create or edit entries to books that have already been started elsewhere, summarize readings and movies, develop research projects) </li></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul><ul><li>To develop reading/listening comprehension ( ) ( ). </li></ul><ul><li>To create an online text for your curriculum that you and your students can both contribute to ( ). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Uses - Examples <ul><li>To publish course resources like syllabi, handouts ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>As a presentation tool - students are able to comment on and revise the presentation content. </li></ul><ul><li>It could be a resource, a showcase for best practices/teaching portfolio ( ). </li></ul><ul><li>It can be use as collaborative tools among teachers or districts to collect and share information. </li></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Benefits <ul><li>Giving students editorial control can imbue in them a sense of responsibility and ownership for the site. </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn how to develop and use all sorts of collaborative skills, negotiating with others to agree on correctness, meaning, relevance, and more. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy-to-use. It requires little technical support and training. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits <ul><li>Wikis invigorate and facilitate writing, reading, listening and speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>They provide an effective communication and collaboration tool. </li></ul><ul><li>They’re learner-centered, affordable and accessible. </li></ul><ul><li>Foster collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Task-oriented and authentic. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Concerns <ul><li>To track work created in wiki spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Attribution of individual work can be difficult. </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to show when information was documented. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis can be subject to vandals - individuals posting content. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do we create wikis? <ul><li>There are a variety of wiki tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pbwiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WetPaint ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MediaWiki </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Enhancing your wiki <ul><li>Audio: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity - to download the software: ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewpoint ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gcast (podcast) ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youtube </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewpoint </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Enhancing your wiki <ul><li>Images: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photobucket ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Images + audio comments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voicethread ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Presentations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slideshare ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google docs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul>
  11. 11. References <ul><li>Ebersbach, A., Glaser, M., & Heigl, R. (2006). Wiki web collaboration . Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer. </li></ul><ul><li>Lamb, B. (2004). Wide open spaces: Wikis, ready or not. EDUCAUSE Review , 39 (5), 36-48. Retrieved April 30, 2008, from http://connect. educause . edu/Library/EDUCAUSE +Review/WideOpenSpacesWikisReadyo/40498 </li></ul><ul><li>Parker, K.R., Chao, J.T. (2007). Wiki as a teaching tool. Interdisciplinary Journal of Knowledge and Learning Objects, 3, 57-72. Retrieved May 06, 2008 from http://www. ijklo .org/Volume3/IJKLOv3p057-072Parker284.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Richardson, W. (2006). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful Web tools for classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Warschauer, M., & Grimes, D. (2007). Audience, authorship, and artifact: The emergent semiotics of web 2.0. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics , 27 , 1-23. </li></ul>