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Wikiscuola is a collaborative wiki created by an Italian school in order to share ideas and material in order to create the content for in-class lectures

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  1. 1. Wikiscuola<br />Case study<br />Giantommaso D’Astolto<br />NEST project<br />Alta ScuolaPolitecnica VII cycle<br />
  2. 2. What is it? <br />Collaborative wiki used by an Italian middle school in northern Italy <br />The goal is to share experiences, ideas and knowledge and to interactively create teaching material<br />
  3. 3. Homepage<br />The homepage contains a simple explanation of how to use the tool<br />On the left side we can see the structure of the website and on the top of the page we have a tab that shows the functionalities we can use<br />At the bottom there is a list of comments left by registered members <br />
  4. 4. How does it work? <br />Students and teachers can work together to create shared content for future lectures<br />The content is firstly organised by classes and then by subjects <br />All the members can edit pages and upload video and documents, professors have also the role of moderator and support team for their pupils<br />
  5. 5. IT tools<br />Document uploader<br />for material transfering<br />Wikis<br />for interactive collaboration <br />Chat and forums<br />for comment sharing<br />
  6. 6. Strengths/1 <br />The material is well organised, and the explanation on how to use the tool is comprehensible<br />The overall impression for a web surfer is very catchy, thanks also to an appealing layout<br />
  7. 7. Strengths/2 <br />The idea of creating the content of future lectures with students is extremely innovative.<br />Moreover a student that is involved in the preparation of the lesson should feel more stimulated to active participate to it<br />Example of feedback<br />that shows studentparticipation<br />
  8. 8. Weaknesses <br />Some users complains for browser incompatibility<br />There are no tools for simultaneous interaction (such as video-audio conferences)<br />Example of feedback<br />about browser problems<br />
  9. 9. Business model <br />The service was conceived by the Italian school, which firstly used it for a single class (pilot experiment)<br />It was developed thanks to the support of an organisation of experts (Centro Metid, Politecnico di Milano)<br />Now the service has been expanded to the whole school and people need to sign up to become members<br />
  10. 10. Conclusions and take-aways<br />The idea seems to have had a great success, in terms of participation and commitment<br />Since the tool has been developed for a single school, there is no need for scaling it down, it just takes some adjustment with respect to the institution that wants to use it<br />The tool can be useful as a part of a bigger project that involves the use of other kinds of resources (such as videoconfences)<br />