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Fancy a wiki?


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Using wikis with EFL classes.

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Fancy a wiki?

  1. 1. Fancy a wiki?
  2. 2. Wiki trivia <ul><li>The word wiki means: </li></ul><ul><li>“ humanity towards others” in the Zulu language </li></ul><ul><li>“ fast” in the Hawaiian language </li></ul><ul><li>“ beam me up Scotty” in the Vulcan language </li></ul>
  3. 3. Wiki trivia <ul><li>The word wiki is: </li></ul><ul><li>an acronym </li></ul><ul><li>a backronym </li></ul><ul><li>both of the above </li></ul><ul><li>neither of the above </li></ul>
  4. 4. Well-known wikis <ul><li>Wikipedia – online encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Wikicommons – copyright-safe material collection </li></ul><ul><li>Wikitravel – sub-division of Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Wikibooks – open content textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Wikibooks Junior – as above but for YLs and to be published in print </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispecies – free species directory </li></ul>
  5. 5. Listen to a wiki champion (Vicki Davis of Westwood Schools, Georgia) http:// /
  6. 6. What can educators do with wikis? <ul><li>Give students a virtual space for their work </li></ul><ul><li>Offer opportunities for online collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Publish the results of collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students to publish “knowledge banks” for their school / of their own </li></ul><ul><li>Give students the opportunity to contribute to existing wikis – e.g. wikitravel or wikipedia. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate with class blogs </li></ul>
  7. 7. Wiki points to consider <ul><li>blogs and/or wikis? </li></ul><ul><li>opinion vs. fact? </li></ul><ul><li>micro vs. macro? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Visit a wiki <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>5E4CS </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Westwood High School </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>