Using Wikis to create a dynamic learning experience Shane Brazile Vernisa Durden Frances Ohanenye
Wikispaces What is a “Wiki"?A wiki is a space on the Web where you can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media — and anything else you can think of. Wikispaces is special because we give you a visual editor and a bunch ofother tools to make sharing all kinds of content as easy for students as it is for their teachers. - Wikispaces.com
Inspiring education• How do educators bring excitement into learning and their classrooms?• Wikis offer an opportunity to create a dynamic learning experience.• Sharples, Taylor, and Vavoula (2007) found technology was “supporting and augmenting the semiotic activities, contributing a much richer experience” (p. 241). Sharples, M., Taylor, J., & Vavoula, G. (2007). A theory of learning for the mobile age. In R. Andrews & C. Haythornthwaite (Eds.), The Sage handbook of elearning research (pp. 221-47). London: Sage.
What can teachers do with Wikispaces?• Create student portfolios – Students create a wiki showing work/projects they’ve created.• Students can collaborate on project wikis – Set up groups to work together showing what they know.• Set up a wiki for your class information – Teachers can access from any computer or mobile device.• Deliver content to students online – Students could access lessons and support information from anywhere, at anytime.
How would students use a wiki?• Have students create online posters – Old displays can become dynamic presentations online with pictures, videos, and links.• Collaboration – Students can work together in a class online or students can work with kids across the nation/world online on wikis.• Assignments can be uploaded to their wiki – Go green! Less paper wasted.
Student Wiki Example (Embedded Video) (Important Facts)
Justification of CostFor single classroom use, Wikispaces are absolutely FREE. This means thatteachers can create a wiki for their class or classes if they are departmentalizedand not worry about spending their own money. With all of the budgetshortfalls, this is certainly reassuring to know.
Educators receive:An unlimited number of members can join their wiki Visual editing which allows text format, insertion of pictures and files, and educators can add links to other pages. Wikispaces that are ad-free Customized themes
Target Audience and ContentWikis are collaborative tools to exchange ideas, files, images, acrossany subject.Students need basic knowledge of PC and the Internet: mouse,navigating a website, logging on, posting comments, inserting imagesand files.Most effective for Grades 5-12 who can work more independentlydue to internet experience; embedded email is safe platform.Very appropriate for teacher/peer collaborationCollege professors tailor Wikis for high-level interaction/instruction.
Grade Level Stages for Using Wikis5th grade Introduction to wikis; learn the basics like how to sign up and log on; posting comments, uploading assignments and completing teacher-posted learning tasks.6th-8th Using wikis to collaborate with each other on large scale projects and assignments; Uploading assignments, pictures, files, and images; Higher teacher expectation to use classroom wikis as a primary source for class information and updates.9th and beyond Students begin creating wikis to fit academic needs; Teacher-to-teacher collaboration on Wiki
Summation 1: Appropriate Context for Wiki• Simple interface with a visual page editor• Very versatile: multimedia capable• Author/creator controls content or contextual constraints and language use• A virtual environment for collaboration, problem solving, peer editing, and electronic portfolio• Graphical user interface
Summation 2: Appropriate Context for Wiki• Digital storytelling/global conversation• Information literacy and 21st century skills• Pliable, scalable opportunities for differentiation• Inquiry-based learning for acquiring, processing, and synthesizing information• Instant monitoring and feedback• Inbuilt security feature to control tampering