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Pre-Activity

  • Have your technology facilitator invite you to the Wiki's that are relevant to your curriculum area.
  • When you receive the invitation, make sure you can sign into the Wiki before you begin this activity.

Module Activities

What is a Wiki?

According to Wikipedia's definition, "a wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites."

1. View the Common Craft Video "Wiki's in Plain English"

2. Watch These Video Clips about Wikis:

3. Read through the lessons in the PBWorks Training Website . You do not need to complete the homework assignments on the pbworks site. Your homework is listed below.
4. View these examples of classroom wikis

Exploring your Curriculum Wiki

    1. Sign on to the Curriculum Wiki that is in your curriculum area. If you did not receive an invitation or are having trouble logging on, contact your technology facilitator for assistance.
    2. Read the Wiki. Before making changes, read the content that is already present in the wiki.
    3. Make a Contribution. What resources do you have that would be an asset to the wiki community? Upload a file, add a link, or add/revise text. (changes are made in the Edit mode. Click on the Save button when you're finished editing.)
    4. Email Brenda McCombs. Tell her what wiki you joined and send a short summary of what you changed/added on the wiki.

Post-Activity

Create a Classroom Wiki

    1. Create a new wiki. Go to pbwiki.com and create a wiki for your classroom to use.
    2. Develop guidelines and a focus for your wiki. Clearly present these guidelines to your students so there will be no misunderstanding.
    3. Set up a framework. Create a basic outline/framework to support the wiki project. Project collaborators can add new pages if needed later on.
    4. Develop a timeline. Do you have a rubric for grading purposes? Are there mini-projects with shorter deadlines that need to be met? Is the wiki open-ended? Have this decided before you begin.
    5. Include References and Resources. Teach your students this skill. Remember your copyright and fair use guidelines.
    6. Enjoy the collaboration. The wiki is one of the most effective tools for collecting and sharing information, whether it is locally or globally. Your students will produce better work when they have a larger audience than just you!

Additional Resources

Check out the Wiki Workshop CD from Brenda McCombs
Golden Paint Awards for Excellence w/Wikis
EduPlan
How to use Wikis in K-12 Education
Clif Mim's KCS Wiki page

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