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Wikis, Blogs, and Web Publishing

  1. 1. Wikis, Blogs, & Web Publishing<br />Final Presentation by Susan Naples<br />
  2. 2. My first Wiki Experience<br />This was my first real experience with creating and using a wiki. I wasn’t sure that I would really use it in my classroom since I do use Moodle already. Then I went to the wiki “Perk Up Your Projects” and I changed my mind.<br />Before I could even get my wiki “finished,” I found that I was enrolling my students, so anxious to share my new tool.<br /> I am looking forward to how it will enable my students to share their 4thquarter projects. I think the Wiki will also allow them to connect to the course.<br />
  3. 3. What was challenging about a Wiki?<br />Making a wiki is not as “user-friendly” in some ways as Moodle. Yet, I do remember that I was frustrated with Moodle when it was new to me last fall. Each have some things to learn in order to be able to use them.<br />I also found myself trying other new programs because I wanted my wiki to be even better. So then I learned about added some wordle creations.<br />My wiki address is<br />
  4. 4. What about Blogs?<br />This was a completely new experience for me, though I had tried the use of forums in Moodle. I feel as though using a blog in the classroom gives me yet another tool to engage students in the 21st century.<br />The students have enjoyed what we’ve done so far and I see very real potential for the use of a blog over the course of a year. Like anything, some students took to the experience more easily than others.<br />Blog address is:<br />
  5. 5. Which was my favorite tool?<br />RSS READER iGOOGLE WINS<br /> It is giving me more control over the information that I want from the internet. I think I will begin each year with my students creating an iGoogle account.<br />I have already worked with other people, like my eleven-year old and my husband, to set theirs up. They love it. I think it is easy to use and it has a lot of fun widgets.<br />
  6. 6. What about Moodle?<br />This is my first year using Moodle at school. For me , it was a big departure from a structured notebook that I usually required in my classes. I have learned a lot through the assistance of our tech person, Beth Hampton. I feel very comfortable using Moodle now.<br />This course using a Moodle was a great experience for me. I enjoyed having time to work at my own pace. It is interesting to look at all the fine ideas that have been shared by my classmates.<br />Overall, the course was challenging though because I was new to most of the content. I felt overwhelmed at times, but I survived!<br />
  7. 7. What about other Web Publishing Tools?<br />Short of money and time, I was feeling as though web publishing was not going to happen for my cake business of 18 years.<br />Through the use ofMixbook, I was able to accomplish something that would give brides access to my cake designs. There are still some things that I would like to improve about it, but I am on my way. The best part is that I did it…with, of course, the help and advice from Beth Hampton.<br />My web publishing address is:<br />
  8. 8. What was my personal experience in this course?<br />I have been teaching 34 years and so I have seen many changes in education over this time period. I am lucky to have been given the opportunity to learn and grow into using more technology. Sometimes I must be honest that it wasn’t always comfortable or easy.<br />I was very upset when I was short Act 48 hours and that I needed to take a course. However, now I realize how much this course has changed my teaching. I am not the same person. It was a wonderful experience.<br />