BLOGSWIKIS & WEB PUBLISHING FINAL PRESENTATION JOSH REPPENHAGEN 12.30.2012
A WIKI WHAT? A wiki is a collaboration tool - a web site where the pages can be changed and INSTANTLY published using only a web browser (no programming required). Pages are automatically created and linked to each other.
Wikis in the classroom:• Student and teacher collaboration• Virtual field trips• Online study guides• Online notes• Class encyclopedia or glossary• Student portfolios• Interactive feedback• Collect data• Multiple author stories• Share reviews, stories, ideas, anything!• Classroom scrapbook• Community involvement and participation in class
Netvibes in the classroom:• Aggregate news and information from across the web• Gather info on a research project• Maintain database of school news and updates• Collective of student blogs or websites
Blogging in the classroom:• Student blogs documenting their learning• Research based blogs• Classroom blog with student commentary• Blog of writing prompts• Themed blogs for student work/projects• Blog of student poetry/stories• Communicate with students and parents• Blog about what’s happening in your classroom
MyBigCampus in the classroom:• Social networking for students• Safe learning and sharing environment• Post homework, handouts, notes, pics, videos, links, a nything• Share information with students, parents, teachers• Create virtual learning communities for your classroom• Hold online discussions, polls, assessments• Create “Bundles” of content to share with students and teachers• “Facebook for the classroom”
SO, WHAT WORKED WELL? Netvibes was the easiest web tool I used. After signing up for an account, I only had to enter some general topics and the site automatically generated a list of RSS feeds that might suit my goals. The site is also very easy to use and looks great! MyBigCampus has to be the most useful web tool I’ve come across. It has every feature I’ve needed or wanted to integrate web into my classroom. The kids love using it too since it integrates so many aspects of social media.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK? Wikispaces, while relatively easy to use, is very time consuming. The site also offers few options for customizing the look of your wiki. I suppose a wiki should be streamlined for information, but it would be nice to have more options.
IN CLOSING: Enabling students with web tools like wikis and blogs can greatly increase the opportunities for learning and creativity in the classroom.