Wikis: Getting Started

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Wikis: Getting Started

  1. 1. Wikis : Getting Started Jeremy Brueck e-Learning Specialist e-Read Ohio Online Professional Development [email_address]
  2. 2. Wikis <ul><li>What is a Wiki? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki is a website that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content usually in a Web browser. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis are free online writing spaces. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis use simple formatting rules--Like word processing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authors do not always claim ownership. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis are published online. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis provide a history and anyone can revisit prior versions of text. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why are Wikis useful? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Wikis are FREE! <ul><li>Getting Started: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pbwiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seedwiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wetpaint </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Wikis in the classroom <ul><li>A wiki “fan club” for you favorite author. </li></ul><ul><li>A virtual tour of your school as you study “our community.” </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative book reviews or author studies. </li></ul><ul><li>A class “encyclopedia” on a special topic, such as animals or state history. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Wikibook </li></ul>
  5. 5. Tips for Using Wikis in the Classroom <ul><li>Structure “e-tivity” like a “traditional” activity. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have students complete a graphic organizer , draft, edit & revise before publishing work on wiki, blog, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher reviews content. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher gives explicit directions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreshadow problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practice together. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Animals Report Wiki Grade 1 Grade Level Indicators http://allaboutanimals.wikispaces.com/ Report information to others. Recall information about a topic with teacher assistance. Utilize appropriate searching techniques to gather information, with teacher assistance, from a variety of locations (e.g., classroom, school library, public library or community resources). Language Arts
  7. 7. Presidents Timeline Wiki Grade 2 Grade Level Indicators http://timelineofpresidents.wikispaces.com/ Identify sources used to gather information: a. People; b. Printed materials; c. Electronic sources. Obtain information from oral, visual and print sources. Compare: a. Forms of communication from the past and present; b. Forms of transportation from the past and present Place a series of related events in chronological order on a time line. Social Studies
  8. 8. e-Read Ohio: Who We Are A product of e-Read Ohio at The University of Akron in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education. All materials are copy written and should not be reproduced or used without permission of e-Read Ohio. Project Leaders: Jeremy S. Brueck

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