This is a “Wiki”d Good Introduction on…<br />Using Wiki’s in the Classroom<br />
Why use a Wiki?<br />We’ll start with the most obvious reasons for why we (as teachers) should create and use wiki’s to use in our classrooms. Then we’ll move into the heart of the matter-<br />How will Wiki’s help our students?<br />Easy-it really is easy to create and use a wiki, I’ll show you soon!<br />Free-Pbwiki or Wikispaces. Free.<br />Engaging-Let’s meet our technologically native students where they are and broadcast on their level!<br />Organized-all of your information is stored and accessible in one place.<br />Connected-to students, to parents, to the school community.<br />
Wikis enhance the class for students<br />Cooperative Learning: students work as groups to discuss, collaborate, create and share their work. When the group succeeds, the individuals succeed.<br />Organization: students have access to directions and clear instructions for assignments, projects, class rules, and resources.<br />All learning styles: using different mediums in your wiki will reach all types of learners and extend the classroom beyond the school day and classroom walls.<br />Community Building: having a shared space that houses student’s work and classroom information builds a community of learners who learn to trust and respect each other.<br />
Wikis enhance the teacher’s role and responsibilities.<br /><ul><li>Collaborate with your team teachers: create a wiki for your grade level and share lesson plans, assessments, ideas and concerns
Get organized: have all your content, forms, documents, web links in one place. Great for you, great for your students.
Give feedback: report back to students on work that they’ve done and incorporate your ideas and concerns collaboratively on classroom pages.
Peace of mind: your students know what to expect, know where to go to find information, and know how to work with their peers to create wonderful material!</li></li></ul><li>So, “why use a wiki” you ask again?<br />Diagram courtesy of<br />http://www.slideshare.net/coolcatteacher/wikis-in-the-classroom<br />Wiki<br />
I know teachers are busy. I know you have more than your fair share on your plate. <br />But I also know how easy it is to create and use a wiki and how beneficial it will be to your classroom and your students. <br />Creating your wiki can be as simple as filling in your personal classroom information, such as assignments, links, syllabus, and discussion topics, into a template I’ve created for you:<br />
The future of technology in the classroom is here! The wiki is a perfect place to begin the journey to meet our students and bring them the 21st Century Skills they need to achieve and succeed in the classroom and beyond.<br />
Please go HERE to see the example of the PBWiki Template<br />Please go HERE to see a PBWiki that is ready to use in the classroom this fall!<br />
For more ideas on how to use wikis in the classroom, go to<br />THIS SITE<br />