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A Wiki Guide for Teachers by Colleen Finnegan
What is a Wiki? <ul><li>Wiki is derived from the Hawaiian word “wiki-wiki”, which means quick </li></ul><ul><li>It is a we...
What are the Educational Benefits? <ul><li>Promotes asynchronous communication and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasi...
How Can Wikis Be Used in the Classroom? <ul><li>Create e-portfolios of class work </li></ul><ul><li>Online journals </li><...
Issues in Wiki Use <ul><li>“Open editing” allows anyone to alter, add, or delete information on the site.  Inappropriate c...
Solutions and Considerations <ul><li>You can decide the security levels for your wiki.  It can be set to only allow author...
How Do You Create a Wiki? <ul><li>The main educational wiki providers  are  Wikispaces ,  PBwiki ,  and  Wetpaint </li></u...
PBwiki Setup
 
Wiki Provider Resources <ul><li>Wetpaint’s   wikis  in education site  which has links to teacher wikis  </li></ul><ul><li...
How to Introduce Wikis to Your Students <ul><li>Have parents and students sign an acceptable use policy.  </li></ul><ul><l...
Wiki Projects – Writing a Story <ul><li>Students can write a story about a topic discussed in class.  They each contribute...
Wiki Projects – Electronic Portfolios <ul><li>Have students publish their school work online.  Editing and feedback are en...
Wiki Projects – Travel Guide <ul><li>Students create a travel guide to a country they are learning about in class and publ...
Wiki Projects – Animals <ul><li>Students gather information from  electronic and print resources about  animals indigenous...
Wiki Projects – Presidents <ul><li>Students work in groups to gather and publish information on presidential figures.  Eac...
Sample K-12 Classroom Wikis <ul><li>Flat classroom project  – Collaborative project that connects students from all over t...
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A Wiki Guide For Teachers

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A Wiki Guide For Teachers

  1. 1. A Wiki Guide for Teachers by Colleen Finnegan
  2. 2. What is a Wiki? <ul><li>Wiki is derived from the Hawaiian word “wiki-wiki”, which means quick </li></ul><ul><li>It is a web site that allows users to add and edit content. In essence, wikis are online writing spaces that encourage everyone to contribute </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are the Educational Benefits? <ul><li>Promotes asynchronous communication and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizes student-centered learning </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages socially constructed knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Aids reading and writing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Great motivational tool </li></ul><ul><li>Advocates creativity </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Can Wikis Be Used in the Classroom? <ul><li>Create e-portfolios of class work </li></ul><ul><li>Online journals </li></ul><ul><li>Debate topics </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative projects </li></ul><ul><li>Share resources and class notes </li></ul><ul><li>Distribute student materials </li></ul>
  5. 5. Issues in Wiki Use <ul><li>“Open editing” allows anyone to alter, add, or delete information on the site. Inappropriate content or vandalism could be a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Safety concerns regarding students’ personal information </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy of information </li></ul>
  6. 6. Solutions and Considerations <ul><li>You can decide the security levels for your wiki. It can be set to only allow authorized members of your group to read or modify content </li></ul><ul><li>Personal information, such as full names and addresses should not be published </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis should be monitored for accuracy and inappropriate content </li></ul><ul><li>Information that was modified or deleted can be easily restored </li></ul>
  7. 7. How Do You Create a Wiki? <ul><li>The main educational wiki providers are Wikispaces , PBwiki , and Wetpaint </li></ul><ul><li>The process is quick and easy. Enter your name, password, e-mail address, and select wiki type “education.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. PBwiki Setup
  9. 10. Wiki Provider Resources <ul><li>Wetpaint’s wikis in education site which has links to teacher wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispaces for teachers guide : PowerPoint tutorial illustrating how to use wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>PBwiki 2.0 for education demo : video that shows you how to set up and use your online classroom through PBwikis </li></ul>
  10. 11. How to Introduce Wikis to Your Students <ul><li>Have parents and students sign an acceptable use policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Materials should be supplied to parents explaining what a wiki is and what it will be used for in class </li></ul><ul><li>Get parental permission </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a lesson on digital citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss social responsibility and accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Outline netiquette guidelines </li></ul>
  11. 12. Wiki Projects – Writing a Story <ul><li>Students can write a story about a topic discussed in class. They each contribute to the story and at the end it will be printed. Students may add illustrations or pictures. Satisfies NJ CCCS 3.2:A.9, 3.2:A.10, and 8.1:A.3 </li></ul>
  12. 13. Wiki Projects – Electronic Portfolios <ul><li>Have students publish their school work online. Editing and feedback are encouraged to improve writing skills. Satisfies NJ CCCS 3.2:A.9, 3.2:A.10, 8.1:A.3, and 8.1:A.8 </li></ul>
  13. 14. Wiki Projects – Travel Guide <ul><li>Students create a travel guide to a country they are learning about in class and publish it on the class wiki. Research will be conducted online. The guide should include tourist sites, cultures, foods, pictures, and maps. Satisfies NJ CCCS 8.1:B.6 and 8.1:B.7 </li></ul>
  14. 15. Wiki Projects – Animals <ul><li>Students gather information from electronic and print resources about animals indigenous to their state. Students must include pictures and discuss interesting facts. Satisfies NJ CCCS 8.1:B.6 and 8.1:B.7 </li></ul>
  15. 16. Wiki Projects – Presidents <ul><li>Students work in groups to gather and publish information on presidential figures. Each group is assigned a president they are learning about in class. Report should include biographical information and important events during the presidency. Photos, links to historical documents, and speeches should be added. Satisfies NJ CCCS 8.1:B.6 and 8.1:B.7 </li></ul>
  16. 17. Sample K-12 Classroom Wikis <ul><li>Flat classroom project – Collaborative project that connects students from all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>List of educational wikis from wikispaces – Includes wiki name and description, teacher identification, and school location </li></ul><ul><li>Welker’s Wikinomics – Award winning Economics students’ wiki </li></ul>

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