Wikis In Science Education


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This is a presentation delivered by Graham Whisen at the Science Teachers Association of Ontario annual conference.

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  • Who am I? Where do I teach? What I love about teaching
  • This is not a “top-down” presentation, it is meant to be a dialogue. Protect the rights of content creators: only images from Flickr registered with Creative Commons
  • Old style internet was static and “top-down” unidirectional New internet is “read-write” Read reviews, comment on sites, blogging, social networking (Facebook), wikis
  • What is a wiki? Best known wiki is Wikipedia
  • Wikis available to you All free (ad supported) – Education Versions (ad free)
  • Bring down the walls: Invite parents and community into the classroom Learning is not something that happens in a box room between certain hours of the day
  • Facebook has more users today than the Internet had users in the year 2000. More video was uploaded to YouTube in the last 2 months than all the major TV networks have produced in the last 60 years. The average American teenager sends over 2000 text messages each month. “the classroom is being left behind”
  • Wikis In Science Education

    1. 1. Wikis in Science Education<br />Graham Whisen<br /><br />@grahamwhisen<br />
    2. 2. Dialogue<br />Flickr: stijn<br />
    3. 3. Presentation Outline<br />What is a wiki?<br />Why use a classroom wiki?<br />How have I incorporated a classroom wiki?<br />Best practices<br />Concerns/Issues<br />Your questions<br />Feedback/My contact info<br />
    4. 4. 1. What is aWiki? <br />
    5. 5. Web 2.0<br />The internet has changed …<br />Flickr: Aaron Jacobs<br />Flickr: Ludwig Gatzke<br />
    6. 6. Wiki<br />“A collaborative website which can be directly edited by anyone with access to it.”<br /><ul><li></li></li></ul><li>Wikis For You<br />
    7. 7. 2. Why Use a Wiki? <br />
    8. 8. Why Use a Wiki: Generation “C”<br />A recipe for teaching:<br />Know your stuff<br />Know who you’re stuffing<br />Stuff it!<br />
    9. 9. Why Use a Wiki: Open Learning<br />Online collaboration is a way to break out of the boundaries of the classroom.<br />
    10. 10. Why Use a Wiki: 21st Century<br />“Rapid technological change, global competitive pressures and new patterns of work are demanding a more sophisticated set of transferable skillssuch as problem-solving, communication, decision-making, teamwork, leadership, entrepreneurship and adaptability.”<br />- State of Learning in Canada, Canadian Council on Learning<br />
    11. 11. Why Use a Wiki: Skills<br />A medium for collaboration<br />Learning becomes a conversation: everyone has something to teach.<br />Students share their work: encourages students to analyze, evaluate, and create.<br />Real world connections<br />
    12. 12. 3. How Have I Used a Wiki? <br />
    13. 13. Why Wetpaint?<br />Personal profiles and social connections<br />Contribution status<br />Tracking contributions<br />Attractive layout<br />Backup content<br />User friendly<br />
    14. 14. Vision<br />Me<br />MirjanKrstovic<br />Stephen Lippa<br />
    15. 15. The Physics Connection Wiki<br />A venue to share understanding and interests<br />Current News/Events<br />Science Videos and Photos<br />Physics Funnies<br />Physics and Climate Change<br />Earth Hour at FMSS<br />No Power 4 One Hour<br />Be shocked at the difference you can make!<br />
    16. 16. The Physics Connection Wiki<br />A place to ask questions and find answers<br />Questions for Mr. Whisen<br />Daily Lesson Journaling<br />Physics tutorials (page authoring)<br />
    17. 17. The Physics Connection Wiki<br />Publishing student work<br />
    18. 18. The Physics Connection Wiki<br />Collaborative Style Assignments<br />
    19. 19. What Have I Seen?<br />Increased participation<br />Students helping students<br />Original contributions<br />Student leadership<br />Increased assessment opportunity<br />Flickr: smallritual<br />
    20. 20. 4. Best Practices <br />
    21. 21. Best Practices<br />Create structure<br />Flickr: oskay<br />
    22. 22. Best Practices<br />Flickr: mike fischer<br />Entice students to participate<br />Make the wiki useful<br />Promote the wiki!<br />
    23. 23. Best Practices<br />Let go of control!<br />Flickr: kevinthoule<br />
    24. 24. 5. Concerns/Issues <br />
    25. 25. Access<br />Access to computers at school<br />Access to computers and internet at home<br />Firewall block<br />Online communication with students<br />Flickr: nobug<br />
    26. 26. Questions<br />What is a wiki?<br />Why use a wiki?<br />How I have used a wiki?<br />Best practices<br />Concerns/Issues<br />Flickr: seandreilinger<br />
    27. 27. Contact/Feedback<br />Graham Whisen<br /><br />@grahamwhisen<br />Flickr: xmacex<br /><br />