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Wikis For Education


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Wikis For Education

  1. 1. Wiki and Edit: Four-Letter Words That Can Change Learning HHH PDP Workshop Ellen Robertson, facilitator
  2. 2. “ Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge”. ~Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, 2004
  3. 3. Wiki Defined <ul><ul><li>Collaboratively edited body of work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created by Ward Cunningham in 1995 as an easy publishing tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short form of “wiki-wiki”, Hawaiian for “quick” bus system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of Web 2.0 (Read/Write Web) toolkit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rss feeds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Photo publishing sites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting and vodcasting </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Wiki Defined (cont’) <ul><ul><li>created in real time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organic and democratic in nature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>everyone is “editor in chief” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>considered “open source” – no one owns it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>everyone together is smarter than everyone alone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>everyone can: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>add </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>fix </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>erase </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>start </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Power of Wikis 2004 tsunami that killed 175, 000 people: 1 st post appeared 9 hours later as a beginning wiki 24 hrs later---edited 400 times with photos, charts, lists of dead 48 hrs later---edited 1,200 times and included video of wave itself Forget CNN —this was the most comprehensive info of all media
  6. 6. Types of Wikis <ul><ul><li>Wikitextbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikirecipes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikitravel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiktionary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikinews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikiquotes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom curriculum wikispaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Wiki of wiki authoring sites http://www. usemod . com/cgi-bin/wiki .pl? SiteList </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Some Wiki Examples <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Planning a group vacation tremblant . wikispaces .com </li></ul><ul><li>Archiving a journey whereisgarrett . wikispaces .com </li></ul><ul><li>Uses by content areas (right column) http://www. teachinghacks . com/wiki/index . php ? title=Wikis </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wikipedia: also know as “ Whackypedia? <ul><ul><li>Who is an authority? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High profile errors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Cream” rises to the top or curdles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative efforts of the group determine veracity </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. A Wiki’s in education <ul><ul><li>teaches students collaborative construction of knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teaches negotiation skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teaches publication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teaches students how to create community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can be used solely to collect and disseminate school information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can be used as an articulation tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can be used to amass and publish tailor made resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>authentic, purposeful work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>edited body of work becomes reference tool for others </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Learn More <ul><li>Take a walk through to learn about how to use a wiki in your curriculum: http://www. teachersfirst . com/content/wiki/ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Basic Wiki components <ul><ul><li>Editable pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to upload documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to invite editors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>History of changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revert back tool </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Challenges of Wiki Use in Education <ul><ul><li>Some wikis are questionable resources for research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anonymous authors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student-posted information may be modified/spammed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vandalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filtering </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Free Wiki sites (special considerations for educators) <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (has wysiwig editor) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>webnote (like eBoard) http://www. aypwip . org/webnote </li></ul><ul><li>Lots more wiki tools: http://www. usemod . com/cgi-bin/wiki .pl? SiteList </li></ul><ul><li> (firefox plug-in lets you leave notes on ANY website) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Please grant me the serenity to accept the pages I cannot edit, The courage to edit the pages I can, And the wisdom to know the difference. The Wiki Prayer
  15. 15. The topic for our wiki ?
  16. 16. Defining Web 2.0 Tools <ul><li>Pages to break out: </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Web 2.0 Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Rss feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking Tools Myspace, Facebook, Flickr </li></ul>