Reflections on a Jr. High Wiki Project

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Reflections on a Jr. High Wiki Project

  1. 1. Reflections on a Junior High Wiki Project Linda Houle, Media Center Colleen Walsh, Language Arts Erica Roberts, Technology Westmont Junior High School, Westmont, Illinois
  2. 2. Agenda Background Additional Preparation Rollout Impact Lessons Learned Wiki Tour
  3. 3. Project Background 8th grade Language Arts In previous years final work was displayed in book form Project Objectives Learn how to evaluate and use information found through research Acquire a basic understanding of a single decade’s contribution to history Learn how to work with a group
  4. 4. NETS Standards • Apply productivity/multimedia tools & peripherals to support personal productivity, group collaboration, & learning throughout the curriculum. NETS 5 • Design, develop, publish, & present products using technology resources that demonstrate & communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside & outside the classroom. NETS 6 • Research & evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, & bias of electronic information sources concerning real-world problems. NETS 10
  5. 5. ISBE Language Arts Standards • State Goal 1 - Read with understanding & fluency. • State Goal 3 - Write to communicate for a variety of purposes. • State Goal 4 - Listen & speak effectively in a variety of situations. • State Goal 5 - Use the language arts to acquire, assess & communicate information.
  6. 6. Additional Preparation Assignment packet-projected calendar Team building activity Two Days Added for Student Wiki Training Group Work Time Extended Groups needed more time to work together
  7. 7. Rollout Student Account Setup Templates Acceptable Use Policy Schedule Computer Lab Time
  8. 8. Project Impact Creative deliverables Endless knowledge of html format and software programs Engaged and accountable students Enjoy activities and are knowledgeable about technology Project and requirements accessible by parents Promoted better collaboration Wiki history page Messaging Easier to grade (no papers) Environmentally friendly
  9. 9. Lessons Learned • Changes • Terms-will be in list format for students to choose from • Giving students more time-starting a month earlier than previous years • Student made site map-will make grading easier • Interdisciplinary-Social Studies & Technology
  10. 10. Wiki Tour http://decadesproject.wikispaces.com username: wjhsguest password: decades
  11. 11. Questions??

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