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Wikis Intro


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Wikis Intro

  1. 1. Working with Wikispaces Photo by zordroyd at
  2. 2. What is a Wiki? <ul><li>n. 1. Short form of the </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaiian wiki-wiki which </li></ul><ul><li>means quick or fast </li></ul><ul><li>2. A website that allows </li></ul><ul><li>multiple users to create, </li></ul><ul><li>modify and organize web </li></ul><ul><li>page content in a </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative manner. </li></ul>Wiki Wiki bus in Honolulu, HI Photo by zordroyd at
  3. 3. Wikis in Plain English By Lee LeFever, The Common Craft Show <ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ A Web Page with an Edit Button” <ul><li>A wiki is a website that people can edit, add to, and change. </li></ul><ul><li>Limits can be put in place so that only certain people can view or be allowed to change a wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>Click for an example from a 9 th grade history class: </li></ul><ul><li>Click for an example from a 5 th grade history class: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Click for an example from a 7 th grade Global Studies class: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sample Wikis on the Web <ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>View some of the wikis linked on the site. As you explore the wiki, consider the following questions: </li></ul><ul><li>1) What do you consider to be the wiki's strengths? Would you do anything differently? </li></ul><ul><li>2) Is viewing or interacting with this wiki or creating a similar wiki a useful educational activity for your students? Explain. </li></ul><ul><li>3) What features of this wiki might you want to remember to use in your own wiki? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Educational Uses of Wikis <ul><li>Collaborative Textbook </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Share </li></ul><ul><li>Share Student Work </li></ul><ul><li>Book/Movie Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Class Dictionary or Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Study Guide/Class Notes </li></ul><ul><li>Student Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Question of the Week </li></ul><ul><li>Online Journaling & Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Run Class Polls </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry or Literature Anthology </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Circles </li></ul><ul><li>Progressive Story </li></ul><ul><li>Class Newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>Debate Course Topics and Readings </li></ul><ul><li>Project Planning and Creation </li></ul><ul><li>Support Service Learning Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Field Trips </li></ul><ul><li>WebQuests </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why Wiki? <ul><li>Easily accessible web-based technology, free and simple to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Grounded in content and skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive and student-centered. </li></ul><ul><li>There’s a chronological history for every page. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes a discussion forum: members can remark on changes they make. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher can monitor the wiki for any changes. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other Benefits and Possibilities <ul><li>Democratic process of knowledge creation. </li></ul><ul><li>See evidence of thought process and development (history & discussion tabs). </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership and pride of public authorship. </li></ul><ul><li>Could incorporate student, faculty, community, and parent input. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Key Questions to Consider <ul><li>How do you envision using the wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will be able to see the wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will be able to edit the wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will be able to join the wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>What parts of the wiki will you  “protect” (lock from changes)? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will moderate the wiki for appropriateness, etc? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will have the ability to reset changes? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you, as the teacher, be notified of all changes? </li></ul><ul><li>Will the wiki have individual or global memberships? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you avoid copyright issues? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Possible Concerns <ul><li>Monitoring wiki contributions. </li></ul><ul><li>Determining who can access and contribute to the site. </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding whether your site is public or private. </li></ul><ul><li>Group authorship and public writing. </li></ul><ul><li>No spell check / some editing issues. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Go back to </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>to get started </li></ul>