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"Wiki wiki" means "quickly" in Hawaiian.
Wikis in the Classroom: Collaboration, Communication and Creation
Session Summary: How can teachers and students collaborate in an online global environment?
Why is a wiki an innovative and effective communication tool for my students, parents, and
fellow teachers? How can creating content empower students and encourage them to join
forces with others? Wikis in the Classroom will provide technology leaders and educators with
concrete examples of effective uses of wikis along with answering and discussing the questions
above. Join me in a journey to investigate the power of the wiki and how its use can impact
teaching and learning in the classroom.
Presenter(s): Marsha Harris, Instructional Technology Teacher, Trinity School, Atlanta, GA USA
Danielle Klaus, Academic Technology Coordinator, Galloway School, Atlanta, GA USA
Target Audience: Technology Integrators/Teachers/Trainers
Session Type: 1 hour
Day / Time / Room: Thursday November 3, 2011/1:15-2:15pm
What is a Wiki? Wiki's in Plain English- Courtesy of Common Craft Media and YouTube!
Examples of Collaboration, Communication and Creation!
How are these wikis different than traditional web pages? How are young people involved in the design and development of the wikis? What are the features you find most and least interesting?
This wiki was used for student research and novel study. They each contributed to a page to complete the resource.
The Monster Project encourages the development of reading and writing skills while integrating technology into the classroom. Using monsters as a vehicle, students exchange written descriptions via this wiki, and then recreate their partner's monster without ever looking at the "real thing". During the project, students create, discuss, describe, interpret, analyze, organize and assess their monsters as well as the monsters of their peers.
This is Trinity's Collaborative wiki that several teachers use. Each classroom uses the projectsource wiki and teachers add pages for their projects. The students all
have a username and password that is set up each year. This is a great resource for parents as well.
This is a wiki that's devoted to educational wikis and their content.
This wiki has been created to showcase the videos and information learned during our 50 States collaboration project. R.A. Mitchell Elementary is a K - 5 school located in Gadsden, Alabama. We would like to video conference with a K-5 school in each of the 50 states in the United States. We have already connected with schools in many schools but still have a BIG job ahead of us! We hope to learn about the climate, location, population, and culture/customs of each state.
Click on the Gingerbread Man on this page or on the Registration link in the sidebar to get signed up
for winter-themed technology activities with reading, writing, and math components for grades Kindergarten (5-6 years old) through 3rd Grade (8-9 years old). We realize that it is not winter in the Southern Hemisphere during December, January & February but the themes of the activities can still apply and we'd love to have classes from around the world participate in this project. If you can't participate for all three months of the project, you are welcome to join and participate when you can.
This project is open to first grade classrooms world wide. The purpose of this project is to collaborate with other first grade classrooms, learn math, reading, and writing skills, find out about each other, and have some fun.
21st century resources for teachers and parents.
HS English Example...
The goal of this project is to have students in grades K-4 share their creative writing and art work while giving teachers the opportunity to learn new tools. In order to keep this a safe environment only invited project participants will be able to post content. Participants will have their own page on this wiki and are welcome to link to their own web site, wiki, Flickr photographs, Teacher Tube, podcast, blog, slide share, etc.
What is a Flat Classroom™?
The concept of a 'flat classroom' is based on the constructivist principle of a multi-modal learning environment that is student-centered and a level playing field for teacher to student and student to teacher interaction.
What is the Flat Classroom™ Project?
Flat Classroom™ Project
is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and senior high school students. This project is part of the emerging tend in internationally-aware schools to embrace a holistic and constructivist educational approach to work collaboratively with others around the world in order to create students who are competitive and globally-minded.
Did you know????
– Wikimedia coordination
– Dictionary and thesaurus
– Textbooks and manuals
– Quote compendium
– Species directory
– News source
– Learning materials
Fun and easy to use, Wikis are also a great way to get students involved in the curriculum. Whether you are interested in encouraging participation, collaboration, or interaction, wikis are a great addition to any classroom.
So... how about some ideas to integrate wikis into your classroom? Check these out:
1. Create a Classroom Encyclopedia
The study of any topic can be enhanced if students work together to gather information and then synthesize their learning by writing and posting short articles about the concepts being studied. The wiki can be organized by topic, or even alphabetically like a print encyclopedia. Then use the wiki as a reference tool.
2. Capitalize on Parents’ Expertise
Share topics and concepts you plan to cover in class with parents. Ask for volunteers who have expertise or interest in these areas to contribute or edit wiki articles students will use as classroom resources. Create a special area in the wiki where these articles can be posted and reviewed.
3. Launch a Local Collaborative Project
Ask students to identify a local problem that needs to be solved, such as pedestrian safety or cleaner city parks. Challenge students to design a wiki-based project focused on solving the problem. Invite other classrooms or local schools to participate in the project.
4. Provide Wikitutors
Have a team of your strongest math students or math club members create tutorial pages on your wiki site. On these pages, other students can post questions, problems, and misconceptions. The tutoring team can then post responses -- from a student's point of view.
5. Create Science Materials for English Language Learners
Students who are learning English as a second language may have difficulty with higher level science vocabulary. Use an ongoing wiki with your classes to have students develop clear and succinct concept lessons and vocabulary that will help ESOL students grasp your science concepts. These pages reinforce learning for students who create them, too!
6. Collaborate with Another Class
Partner with another teacher at your school or in your district. Identify a topic you will be teaching at the same time and create a wiki to encourage students in both classes to complete assignments collaboratively.
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