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Wiki Technology in the Classroom

  1. 1. WIKI TECHNOLOGY IN THECLASSROOM:BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEENFLASHY AND RELEVANTMs. Caitlin Cornell & Ms. Sahar Hamzeh2011 Haigazian University Language & Technology Workshop
  2. 2. Overview  What is a Wiki?  Why for the Classroom?  The Planning Stage  The Technology  Caitlin’s wiki for English 101  Sahar’s wiki for Intensive English Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  3. 3. What is a Wiki?  Heard of Wikipedia?  A wiki is…  A wiki ( /ˈwɪki/ WIK-ee) is a website that allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser… (http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Wiki)  “…a collaborative Web site set up to allow user editing and adding of content” (Dictionary.com)  No Entry for “wiki” at Merriam Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary  Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  4. 4. Why Use a Wiki in the Classroom?  Wiki v. Traditional Essays  The wiki platform lends itself to the writing process  Wiki as Interactive Learning  Group interaction during creation and navigation  Peer-to-peer interaction during editing  Student-teacher interaction: feedback about the wiki work, posted in the wiki itself  Wiki as relevant technological use for young generations Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  5. 5. The Planning Stage  What parts of the course would be best represented and reinforced with the help of a wiki?  How will you assess student work?  Formally?  Grading Measures should be different than for traditional writing assignments (because a wiki should be more involved)  What structure and routine will you impose on students? Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  6. 6. The Planning Stage: Structure & Routine  Remember, this is new for students, too!  They will need:  Models of appropriate work  Clear instructions (both for technological steps and for development and format of content)  Warnings against plagiarism  Appropriate group-work practices (equal participation, etc) Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  7. 7. The Planning Stage: Structure & Routine  Create a consistent routine  How much time will you devote:  In-class?  As homework?  Time spent depends largely on logistics:  Is the class already held in a lab?  If not, can you reserve a lab? How easy is that?  Is the amount of time in the lab enough?  Do students have the access and time to work with each other outside of class? Can you monitor that? Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  8. 8. The Planning Stage: Anticipate Problems  Students typically don’t sabotage each other’s work  Limit the classroom Internet access (i.e., no Facebook or personal email)  Mix student characteristics in groups (age, gender, personality, ability)  TIME: there’s never enough, so set reasonable goals  Always test the technology, and have a backup plan Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  9. 9. The Technology  Don’t be afraid!  Remember, the aim is relevant, not flashy  Start slow and basic  Trial and error (you can do it better next time)  Students learn fast Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  10. 10. Caitlin’s Wiki for English 101  Platform: PBWorks (free “limited” version)  Course: English 101  Target area: Short Stories  Successes:   Student attitude and accomplishments did not match their initial reaction to learning a new system  Problems:   One student would not participate, despite all encouraging and a patient group (but this student ended up dropping the course later, so there were other issues at play) Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  11. 11. Sahar’s Wiki for Intensive English  Platform: Wikispaces (free K-12 “limited” version)  Course: Intensive English  Target area: Vocabulary  Successes:   Becausethe students are used to things like Facebook, the wiki wasn’t difficult to learn. They enjoyed it so much that they competed with each other to upload as many videos and PowerPoint presentations as possible!  Problems:   The ones who aren’t interested in class, also won’t be interested in the wiki. This makes group grading difficult and less desirable. Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  12. 12. Wiki: Bridging the Gap  Bridging the Gap:  The writing process, once very individual, becomes interactive  Team competition drives group success, not the grade  Peers become the audience, not the instructor  Learning reaches students of multiple intelligences (visual, tactile learners flourish)  Writing platform is new and interesting so engages students more than traditional methods Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh
  13. 13. Other Resources  Collection of Wiki resources:  http://new-web-two.wetpaint.com/page/Wikis+in+the +TEFL+classroom  To compare wiki platforms:  http://www.wikimatrix.org/ Ms. Caitlin Cornell & Mrs. Sahar Hamzeh

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