During this presentation, teachers will be the learners. Teachers still consider themselves 21 st century learners however. I am addressing the following AASL standards. 1.1.4 Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions. 1.1.8 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry 1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding. 1.2.2 Demonstrate confi dence and self- direction by making independent choices in the selection of resources and information. 1.2.3 Demonstrate creativity by using multiple resources and formats. 1.2.5 Demonstrate adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achieve success. 1.2.7 Display persistence by continuing to pursue information to gain a broad perspective. 1.3.1 Respect copyright/ intellectual property rights of creators and producers. 1.3.3 Follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information. 1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community. 1.3.5 Use information 1.3.5 Use information technology responsibly. 1.4.2 Use interaction with and feedback from teachers and peers to guide own inquiry process. 1.4.3 Monitor gathered information, and assess for gaps or weaknesses. 1.4.4 Seek appropriate help when it is needed. 2.1.1 Continue an inquiry- based research process by applying critical- thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, organization) to information and knowledge in order to construct new understandings, draw conclusions, and create new knowledge. 2.1.2 Organize knowledge so that it is useful. 2.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information. 2.1.5 Collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems. 2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings 2.2.4 Demonstrate personal productivity by completing products to express learning. 2.4.3 Recognize new knowledge and understanding. 2.4.4 Develop directions for future investigations. 3.1.2 Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners. 3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess. 3.1.6 Use information and technology ethically and responsibly. 3.2.2 Show social responsibility by participating actively with others in learning situations and by contributing questions and ideas during group discussions. 3.2.3 Demonstrate teamwork by working productively with others. 3.3.2 Respect the differing interests and experiences of others, and seek a variety of viewpoints. 3.3.4 Create products that apply to authentic, real-world contexts. 3.4.1 Assess the processes by which learning was achieved in order to revise strategies and learn more effectively in the future. 3.4.2 Assess the quality and effectiveness of the learning product. 3.4.3 Assess own ability to work with others in a group setting by evaluating varied roles, leadership, and demonstrations of respect for other viewpoints.e of ideas within and beyond the learning community. 4.1.4 Seek information for personal learning in a variety of formats and genres. 4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience. 4.1.6 Organize personal knowledge in a way that can be called upon easily. 4.1.7 Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information. 4.1.8 Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning. 4.2.1 Display curiosity by pursuing interests through multiple resources. 4.2.2 Demonstrate motivation by seeking information to answer personal questions and interests, trying a variety of formats and genres, and displaying a willingness to go beyond academic requirements. 4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person. 4.3.4 Practice safe and ethical behaviors in personal electronic communication and interaction.
Wikispaces are pages or a collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who has permission to contribute or modify its content. Wikis are collaborative in nature. They are a type of social software that make it easy to communicate online. (McLaughlin, 2010) Wikispaces will be found in the “cloud”.
What in the world is a cloud you ask?
The cloud is a virtual parking lot. This “cloud” allows you to park your media and gives you an embed code so that you can park your media anywhere for free. (Valenza, 2009) Google apps are parked in the cloud as well. You don’t know about Google apps? We are going to learn about those as well today. Briefly, google apps allow you to use a word processing system, spreadsheet, presentation format, etc. (applications that are compatible with the Office software), however, these apps are stored in the cloud so that you can access the files from any computer, at any time, without saving to a flash drive or emailing the documents. These applications allow for collaboration in real time as well. (Johnson, 2009)
Mr. Stone wants us all to be able to use, contribute to, and build a wiki for use in our classrooms. We are going to go through the steps of setting up an account, using a wiki, and in just a bit you will be on your way to creating your own wiki. We will also discuss different uses for a wiki that you think would be beneficial for your classroom as well.
I know you have all heard of Web 2.0 tools, but many of you probably have no idea what they are. These are tools that are most often located in the “cloud” as well and work well with wikis so that you can use many of the tools in building your wiki. Once we get the wiki down, we will dig into the Web 2.0 tools to determine which tools will work for you and will benefit your students. Creating a wiki is like working a jigsaw puzzle, except that the pieces want to fit together and in the end create what is called a mashup. (Valenza, 2009)
First, we want to get your account set up on Wikispaces so that you can USE the software. Is there anyone who already has an account. If so, please go ahead and sign in with your user name and password. If you don’t have an account, let’s get started.
Where it says “Get Started”, you will type in a user name. This can be anything you want it to be. I used my first and last name: ginalarkan with no spaces. Next choose a password. Then type in your email address. PLEASE USE YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL. If you already have an account and have used a different email, please let us know so that we can make sure that you are added to the list.
Now we are sending you an invitation to join the AmboyElementarySchool wiki. At the top it gives you the option of accepting or declining the invitation. Sorry, but you don’t have a choice today. You have to accept.
After you have accepted the invitation, you should be here and you should have a message stating that “you have been added as a member of AmboyElementarySchool. On this main page, you will find the letter that Mr. Stone wrote at the beginning of the school year last year. This was located on your flash drive (those things that kept going out and everyone was losing hours worth of work on lesson plans…..yeah those things) You don’t have to worry about that anymore because we are now working in the “cloud”. Soon there will be another letter from Mr. Stone and any other pertinent information that he wants to give to us. He is still playing with this, but we believe that the new information will be added to this front page of the wiki so you need to check it often.
Next, if you remember on your flash drive there was a folder called “District Forms”. You have this same information on the wiki. The only difference is that you can get to this information from any computer that has internet access (as long as you remember your user name and password for wikispaces ) All you have to do is click on the form that you want and the file will pull up. It is now located in the “cloud” rather than on a flash drive that you may or may not know the location of. Let’s look at the SPRINT request first.
If you are at home or out of your classroom during a special, you can now pull up this document and print. Pretty cool, huh?
Now lets look at “Lesson Plans”. This will probably help most of us when we get home only to find that our flash drive is at school. Here you will find all the forms needed for completing lesson plans. Mr. Stone will be looking at options for you to send him the lesson plans through Web 2.0 tools as well, rather than giving him the flash drive. This will save time as well. We will get to that later on today. Let’s look at the “Word Study” document. If you are working on lesson plans at home, you can pull up the word study document and either print it off or save it to another part of the cloud (which we will discuss in a bit as well).
Here we go. Here is the word study lesson form ready for you to use. This will be a good time to mention that you won’t be able to save your word study lesson plans on this wiki. Let’s just say that I save my lesson plans on here then another teacher comes along and saves theirs, the latest changes would be there and mine would be gone. That is why we are working on where we will save the lesson plans. Right now you have access to make changes as a member of this wiki, but you will lose that privilege. That is not because you did anything, it is because Mr. Stone will be the only one to make changes.
Next, let’s look at the Staff Handbook and Information. This page will contain all information about the building as a whole. Fire drills, lunch schedules, special schedules, the master calendar can all be found on this page. There is also a copy of the staff handbook. If you forget what you are supposed to do or know, you always have this at your fingertips if there is a computer with internet access nearby. Another item that will be helpful to all of us is the Staff Call List. When we had snow days earlier in the year, Mr. Stone had to call everyone on staff to make sure we knew to stay home (ha, like we didn’t already know). No one knew where their staff list was located. As long as you have a computer and internet access, you can get to your call list.
All you have to do is find your name and you call the person right below your name to give them whatever information needs to be passed on. This could be a death, an illness, an emergency, or SNOW!!!!!!
Although you probably won’t be contributing to this particular wiki as it will be an information wiki, I’m confident there will be wikis popping up that you will contribute to. You will want to contribute to your own wiki of course and these are fantastic ways to collaborate on your own time. For example, I have begun a library wiki where you can contribute various lesson plans or web sites for different subjects and themes. If you know of any Arkansas history websites, please feel free to add your information. I’ll show you how to do that in just a second. If you just need Arkansas history websites, you can browse the sites already listed.
Another way of contributing is on the discussion board. For example, if we are all supposed to read a certain book, almost like a book club, we can discuss this on the discussion board. You can reply to others’ posts as well as posting your own responses. You can also select to monitor the discussion so that you will receive email updates when a new post is made. Something tells me that Mr. Stone will have us doing a book club soon so we will get to learn how to do this in a “sink or swim” situation!
Let’s talk for just a minute about how people are added to the wiki and who has permission to edit or make changes. If you click on “Manage Wiki”, this page will come up. If you look down under “People”, the “Members” section will tell you who is a member. Permissions will tell you who is able to make changes. If this is a wiki where you have editing rights, then you can invite people by clicking on this icon and typing in the person’s email address. If you no longer want to be a member of the wiki, you just click the icon “Leave Wiki” to be removed.
You now have a wiki account, you know how to use it, and you know how to contribute to one. Let’s build your own. This can be for your classroom or for your own personal use. Mr. Stone does want each classroom to have its own wiki so that parents can see what is going on in the classroom. Let me say that as you are building your wiki, you must have permission to use pictures of your students. If the parent says it is ok and you have the signed form from the handbook, then all is well. If the parent has NOT given permission, DO NOT USE PICTURES OF THE CHILD. We will also talk this afternoon about images from “Creative Commons” areas that are copyright free, although, you still have to give attribute to where the image came from. PLEASE DO NOT INFRINGE ON COPYRIGHT. OK, onto building your wiki. We are going to go through the steps, then you will have time to work on your own and I will be here to answer any questions that you might have.
Go back to your home page. Up at the top, there is a link that says “CREATE A NEW WIKI”. Click on this link.
Here you will give your wiki a name. There are 3 different “wiki permissions”. If you choose public, everyone can view and edit your pages. Not a good idea. A protected account allows everyone to view pages, but only wiki members with permission can edit. A private account allows only wiki members to view and edit, however this has a fee attached. I would choose protected. On the drop-down box by wiki-type, choose K-12 Education and this gives you “more” in the basic plan. Then click on create.
Now you have the home page of your new wiki. Another thing to remember is to keep the wiki updated, especially if parents are going to use it. It is very frustrating for a parent to look at a wiki and find information or homework assignments from six months ago. Remember to UPDATE! Now let’s add some pages to our wiki.
Click on New Page over on the left hand side. Type in the name of the Page. I named my first page Schedule. I want my parents to know what my schedule is everyday. Then click Create.
I started typing in my schedule and you will put your own schedule in. Over on the right hand side, there is an “EDIT” button. On any given page, you have the option of changing your font and the look of your characters. You can add links, files, widgets and tables.
Let’s just say that I want to add a link to National Geographic to my Animals page. I am going to click on EDIT, then Insert link, then external link. Under Link Text, I will type in the text that I want to show for the link. In the address, I will type in the address to the website where I want the link to take me. Then click on Add Link.
If I want to add a file, I have to go to Manage Wiki, then click on “File”.
This page will come up and I am given the option of browsing through my computers files to add any files I deem appropriate. This may be a rubric, a worksheet for a particular lesson, or a powerpoint that was used to teach in class. For demonstration purposes, I chose a Thanksgiving powerpoint that was used in class. Once I find the file, I click on “Upload File”.
Now I have added the file to my wiki. I now have to go back to the “Thanksgiving” page on the left, then “EDIT”, then “FILE” on the editor, and click on the “Thanksgiving” file that I want to add.
Click on Save for the powerpoint to be viewable.
After saving the page, when you click on “Thanksgiving” page on the left hand side, the powerpoint is now available for viewing. If a student needs to review for homework, the information is there for review.
You can also add widgets with RSS feeds for various newslinks or other information that you want students to view and keep updated on. You can add widgets for Table of Contents, videos, maps, RSS Feeds just to name a few. I’m sure you are on overload right now, so we are going to stop and give you time to work on your wiki and digest what you have learned so far. We will work on the widgets this afternoon as well as some other powerful Web 2.0 tools.
We will create pageflakes and pathfinders later today…………………………………..as well as…………………………looking at these (and more) Web 2.0 tools.
Cloudy With a Chance of…………. Gina Larkan LIS5260 May 3, 2010 http://www.themaclawyer.com/uploads/image/clouds.jpg
A VIRTUAL PARKING LOT http://spacewithapurpose.wikispaces.com/file/view/wiki_Cover.GIF/43093665/wiki_Cover.GIF Google Image Result for http:// jedwinmedia.ca/home/images/stories/googleapps.jpg http://www.themaclawyer.com/uploads/image/clouds.jpg
Use, contribute to, and build: http://spacewithapurpose.wikispaces.com/file/view/Picture3.gif/43582969/Picture3.gif
Web 2.0 tools and wikispaces all want to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. (Valenza, 2009) http://www.worldofstock.com/slides/BGT2155.jpg
STAY TUNED FOR: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF: PAGEFLAKES and PATHFINDERS
Pageflakes Screencasts FLICKR ZAMZAR Moviemaker GOOGLE SITES Glogster Slideshare Nings MORE TO COME! SKYPE Valenza,2009
Continue to work on your wiki until lunch and we will pick up on Web 2.0 tools, Pageflakes and Pathfinders after lunch. ENJOY!
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