Title of Unit Working the Wiki Audience 1 st Grade Team
Curriculum Professional Time Frame 1 Session
Stage 1 – Identify Desired Results
The library media specialist as teacher of information skills makes use of a variety of instructional strategies and assessment
The library media specialist as teacher of information makes use of a variety of instructional strategies and assessment tools.
Candidates employ strategies to integrate the information literacy curriculum with content curriculum. (2c)
Candidates incorporate technology to promote efficient and equitable access to information beyond print resources. (2c)
Candidates assist students to use technology to access, analyze, and present information. (2c)
Candidates acknowledge the importance of participating on school and district committees and in faculty staff development
Teachers will understand that:
A wiki is a multi-dimensional tool that can be effective in the classroom.
A wiki is easy to make, navigate, and use.
What is a Wiki?
How can a wiki be used effectively in the classroom setting?
Students will know:
A wiki is a type of website that easily allows the easy creation and editing of any number
of interlinked web pagesthrough a browser
PBworks is a website where you can createa wiki
How to add links to the wiki
How to createmultiple pages
How to insert photos
Students will be able to :
Accesspersonal PBworks account
Createa wiki pagethrough their PBworks account
Add multiple pagesto a wiki
Add links to a wiki page
Insert photos by uploading and linking
Stage 2- Assessment Evidence
Performance Task Other Evidence
Your goal is to set up an account through After the teacher has taught the content of
Pbworks.com and begin to createyour own wiki. what a wiki is and demonstratedthe
different tasks she will walk around the
Role: room as the teacherswork to assist and
You are a 1 st gradeclassroom teacher working to answer questions.
effective classroom tools.
Audience: The teacherswill complete an evaluation
The audienceis the studentsyou teach, the that assesseswhat they learned throughout
teachersyour work with, and/or the parents of the session.
As a team you have been encouragedby your Follow Up: Teacherswere given my email
principal to find a tool that you can use to createa addressfor any questions or concerns, as
comprehensive list of all your resourcesacross well as the link to the wiki used for
different subject areas. instruction to refer back.
Product Performance and Purpose:
You are to successfully sign up for an account
through PBworks and begin to createa wiki that
lists all of your education internet sites by grade
Standards and Criteria for Success:
Stage 3- Learning Plan
1. I will start with introducing myself and asking for any knowledgethat the teachershave
about wiki’s. The essential question will be written on the smart board and referencedto
2. I will then use a slide rocket presentation to inform the teachersof what a wiki is and the
different ways you can use them to compile different online resourcesand as a teaching
3. I will show the teachersseveral different examples of wiki’sthrough my PBworks
account. Then I will inform the teachersthat we will begin to createa wiki that houses
all of their educational websitesbroken down by subject area.
4. I will use the smart board to demonstratefor the teachersand guide them through
creating their own pbworks account. Then I will guide and instruct them on how to
createa new wiki page. Each teacher will createone page.
5. Once they pull up their pagestogether we will createfour headings: LanguageArts,
Science, Social Studies, and math. I will then demonstrateto them how to:
• Createa pagefor each of thoseheadings
• How to insert links to various websiteson each page
• How to upload a picture
• How to link the different pagesof the wiki together
*For each step listed above I will demonstratethe task. Then have each teacher attempt to do it
on their page. I will walk around and help as neededduring each task.
6. Teacherswill then be given a chanceto continue working and creating their own
personal resourcewiki pagewhile I walk around to answer questions and assist.
7. Teacherswill fill out a self evaluation pageand an evaluation survey for the class.
I am really glad that I was given this opportunity to practice giving a professional
development unit becausethis was one aspect of the media specialist job that didn’thave any
experiencewith. I am so used to teaching elementary students and feel completely out of my
league when I am asked to teach adults. During the planning stagesI was somewhat unsure of
specific instructional methodsI could use and didn’thave any background knowledgeof how
to go about teaching this group of learners. At first I thought I would go through, show them a
task on the wiki. Then let them complete it. But, during the actual lesson it ran a lot better if I
explained all the different tasks and then allowed them to begin building their own. They
could pull up my wiki if they neededto refer back to the step by step directions as I walked
around and helped. It madeit helpful that all of the teachershad their lap tops with them and
could go follow along. Next time though, on top of all the directions through the digital
format I will also print written directions for each teacher. Although, they could follow the
directions on the wiki with their computer, it would have been helpful for them to have the
directions right next to them while they were working independently. This was also a
suggestion that was given through the evaluation.
Honestly, I was really worried about the attitude of the teachersI would be teaching because
of all the meetings and duties they are asked to perform. However, as it turned out they were
excited about learning about this tool as many of them had heard about wiki’sand were
interestedin learning how to use them. The group was made up of teachersand student
teachersthat worked with the first gradeteam. I really felt like the student teachers’
excitement about this tool helped the teachersto be willing to learn. Gauging from the
evaluations they did find wiki’san interesting tool. Most of them really liked the idea of
using the wiki to organize their resourcesby subject area. Also, many of them thought this
tool would help organize their student links. They could createa pageof class links
organized by subject that could be kept on their class computers homepagesand then their
studentswould be able to find their way to sites they use regularly.
The Wiki Way Lesson Evaluation
1. What did you know about wiki’s before this lesson? _______________________
2. What did you learn about wiki’s? ______________________________________
3. Will you use this tool in your classroom? ___________ How? ______________
4. What parts of this lesson was helpful? __________________________________
5. What suggestions do you have that would help to improve the effectiveness of this