Wikis in the Classroom Gail Corder Director of Educational Technology Trinity Valley School What is a wiki?



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Wikis in the Classroom

  • Gail Corder
  • Director of Educational Technology
  • Trinity Valley School

What is a wiki?

  • Web 2.0 – Focus on participation rather than simply looking at information
  • Web page that anyone (with permission) can edit
  • Creator of wiki has administrative control, can assign others to serve administrative functions
  • Collaborative in nature

Blogs vs. wikis

  • Multiple users can add to a blog, but only the owner can change it fundamentally.
  • Can subscribe to blogs via RSS aggregator; cannot currently subscribe to wikis.

Blogs vs wikis

  • “The key difference to keep in mind is that a true wiki is actively collaborative, that is, anyone can edit the document at any point in the document, whether that is to insert a comma, strike a sentence, or add an additional page. Blogs tend to function more like monologues, or pronouncements from the author(s) to which readers may append their own comments without the ability to alter the original blog text.” -- Wikipedia

Examples of wikis

Wikipedia – anyone can contribute

Administrators have control over content.

  • Administrators have control over content.

Examples of wikis

  • Collaborative Writing Project, SUNY Geneseo
    • Annotated Bibliographies
    • Dictionaries
    • Annotated Texts and Articles

Examples of wikis

  • WikiTravel
    • Collaborative travel guide
    • Phrasebooks
    • Discussion boards

Examples of wikis

  • WikiHow
    • How to do almost anything

Examples of wikis

  • Wikiversity
    • Initially part of WikiBooks
    • Main purpose – creation and sharing of learning materials and activities

Wikis in Education

  • Design Patterns
  • Bernie Dodge, creator of the WebQuest

Micropedia

  • Creating a mini-encyclopedia
  • Students in groups
  • Each group assigned one topic to research and post article
  • Each group must also validate two other articles
  • Could be done with AP essay

Micropedia

FAQ

  • Organized around questions and answers
  • Students are assigned a topic of any nature
    • Holidays in Spain
    • How to write an AP essay
    • How to survive Mrs. Whipple’s class
    • Any area in which students already have expertise
  • Students write a short summary article about the topic
  • Students generate and post questions about other topics
  • Reponses to questions are posted by those who wrote the articles

FAQ

Consensus Document

  • Students begin with widely differing points of view and goals; work collaboratively to create a document that reflects agreement by all parties.
  • Conflict situations. (e.g. peace treaties, union contracts, business contracts.)
  • Participants generate draft positions, read drafts of others, and then serially edit final document.

Consensus Document

  • UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Branching Story

  • Given a writing prompt, students generate pages to build a “create your own adventure” story.
  • Start in large groups which become smaller as groups branch off to take charge of a particular section.
  • Higher order thinking skills

Branching Story

  • Terry the Tennis Ball – A Choose Your Own Adventure Story

Tree Sim/Ant Farm

  • Tree Sim is a branching simulation that emphasizes decision-making. Students create a story where the character(s) must make choices that lead in different directions.
  • Differs from Branching Story in that there is no central story line/conflict to be resolved.
  • Can be used as a creative exercise by itself or as a tool for other students.
  • Ant Farm design complements TreeSim, by adding a collaborative element within a class or group.
  • Students must interact with other students within the branching simulation that is reflected in both final projects.

Tree Sim/Ant Farm

Exegesis

  • Students are given a poem or prose passage on the wiki.
  • Students create hyperlinks within the text to pages which give more information about a particular word or phrase.
  • Language or literary information (definitions, translations, grammatical explanations, use of literary devices, etc.
  • Individually or in groups

Exegesis

PB Wiki

How to Get Started

  • Become aware of wikis
  • Contribute to a wiki (WikiHow, Wikitravel, Wikipedia.)
  • Create a wiki for personal use.
  • Create a class wiki.


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