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Using Wikis in the Classroom

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Using Wikis in the Classroom

  1. 1. Using Wikis in the Classroom By: Stephanie Hill
  2. 2. Presentation Menu <ul><li>Article 1- Get Wild About Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>- wiki definition </li></ul><ul><li>- origins </li></ul><ul><li>- why use wikis? </li></ul><ul><li>Article 2- Wikis in the Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>- usefulness for students </li></ul><ul><li>- usefulness for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>- Easy for first-time users </li></ul><ul><li>Article 3- Educational Wikis: PBwikis </li></ul><ul><li>- PBwiki for the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>- Key Features </li></ul><ul><li>- Why PBwikis? </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Getting Wild About Wikis! <ul><li>What is a wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>- a small piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web content using any Web browser and no other special tools </li></ul><ul><li>- a wiki is &quot;the simplest online database that could possibly work, no HTML or programming knowledge is needed to contribute to a wiki </li></ul><ul><li>- users can change information as they wish </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia’s definition of “wiki”: </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki </li></ul>Jackson, Lorrie. Get Wild About Wikis! Education World: The Educators Best Friend. 2006. 2009, April 20. http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/sites/sites079.shtml .
  4. 4. The Origins of Wiki <ul><li>What does “WIKI” mean exactly? </li></ul><ul><li>The word “wiki” has its origins in Hawaii </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki literally translates to “quick” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Use Wikis? <ul><li>Wikis are a convenient tool that almost everyone is capable of accessing. </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can create one, and you can change it as time progresses. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Wikis in the Classroom <ul><li>Uses wikis have for students : </li></ul><ul><li>- group projects </li></ul><ul><li>- homework assignments </li></ul><ul><li>- group question and answers </li></ul><ul><li>- online newspapers </li></ul>How Can Wikis Be Used in the Classroom? Wetpaint. 2009. April 20, 2009. http://www.wetpaint.com .
  7. 7. Usefulness for Teachers <ul><li>Posting assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Resource collections for students </li></ul><ul><li>Group question and answers </li></ul><ul><li>Parental involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Grading </li></ul>
  8. 8. Easy for First-Time Users <ul><li>Following directions </li></ul><ul><li>to create a wiki is </li></ul><ul><li>so easy a 1 st grader </li></ul><ul><li>could do it! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Educational Wikis: PBwiki <ul><li>PBwiki for the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>- PBwiki hosts more classroom wikis than anyone else in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Lets the user create a simple, secure wiki in about 60 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>drive engagement and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Gives user tracking and access controls to monitor their own wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Chose to make the wiki public or private </li></ul>Educational Wikis. PBwiki, Inc. 2005-2009. April 20, 2009. http:// pbwiki.com/academic.wiki .
  10. 10. Key Features in PBwiki <ul><li>Multimedia plugins; video and audio </li></ul><ul><li>Tags and full page revisions </li></ul><ul><li>Student accountability, see who adds/changes what </li></ul><ul><li>Access controls </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why PBwiki? <ul><li>Safe, secure place to collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Keep students engaged outside of the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Education-specific resources </li></ul><ul><li>Keep parents involved in education </li></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusion <ul><li>Wiki pages are a fast easy way for all to get information on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>It also is a great way to relay information between teachers, students and parents. </li></ul><ul><li>There are templates users can follow to create their own wiki page </li></ul><ul><li>Follow this website to create your own wiki today: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wetpaint.com/wiki?zone=cyoGoEdu6a </li></ul>

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