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Creating collaborative classroom learning environments using wikispaces


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Creating collaborative classroom learning environments using wikispaces

  1. 1. By Rabbi Tzvi PittinskyDirector of Educational Technology The Frisch School
  2. 2. Web 2.0 Defined… The second generation of the World Wide Web, especially the movement away from static webpages to dynamic and shareable content and social networking. (http://en.wiktionary .org/wiki/Web_2.0)
  3. 3. Advantages of Web 2.0 Multi-Platform: Windows and Mac Global Reach- Multilingual and available anywhere in the world. Accessibility: Inexpensive & Easy to Use 3 Cs: Communication & Collaboration, Compelling Course Content, Constructivist Learning
  4. 4. Wikis in theClassroom • Easy to Use- WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get Text Editor) • Encourages Collaboration • Supports asynchronous online discussion forums Advantages • Versatile and customizable • Safety- Every version of every page is saved. • Security- Comment moderation (after posting) and permissions • Discussions can only be moderated after posting.Disadvantages
  5. 5. Asynchronous Discussion Forums:What the research says… Chance to reflect Higher order Draw on prior thinking skills knowledge Asynchronous online discussions More sensitive Less stress topics
  6. 6. Discussion on Korach’s Rebellion
  7. 7. Wikis for EducationThe Frisch School Wiki- Password protected.
  8. 8. Now let’s make a wiki of our own! Go to to start creating your first wiki. Then follow me…
  9. 9. Works CitedBlankenship, W. (2009). Making connections: Using online discussion forums to engage students in historical inquiry. Social Education, 73(3), 127-130.Merryfield, M. M. (2001). The paradoxes of teaching a multicultural education course. Journal of Teacher Education, 52(4), 283-299.Pena-Schaff, J. B., & Nichols, C. (2004). Analyzing student interactions and meaning construction in computer bulletin boards. Computers & Education, 42(3), 243-265.Warschauer, M. Comparing face-to-face and electronic discussion in the second language classroom. CALICO Journal v13 n2-3 p7-26 Win-Spr 1995-96.
  10. 10. By Rabbi Tzvi PittinskyDirector of Educational Technology The Frisch School