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Wikis for everyone is RIGHT! Anyone and everyone can create, maintain, and use a wikispace.
 
What can you do with a wiki?
    • Post, Publish, and Share with Ease - Unlimited pages let you and your students share text, images, files, and more.       
    • Set Privacy - You can decide who has access to your wiki's content.       
    • Create Student Accounts - Our easy, three-step process doesn't require email addresses.       
    • Embed Media - Video, audio, images, and more add impact to multimedia assignments.       
    • Customize Your Look - Our library of wiki themes and fully customizable colors and logos let your personality shine.       
 
 Wikispaces can be used many ways in your classroom. Collaboration is the biggest use. Summarizing the days events, posting podcasts, posting Powerpoint projects, posting questions for students to respond to, having students create pages, and posting links for research projects are other ways eduators have used a wikispace in their classroom. 
 
Here are just a few wikispaces you can check out:
 

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Resource from learnweb2.0 wikispace:

Wikis in the classroom

Please review the resource links, then list strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the table below. Leave a space between each new SWOT item.

Resource links:

Wikipedia
Using Wikis in the Classroom
Basic Wiki Walk-Through
Examples of Educational Wikis
Webquest About Wikis
Project Ideas
Library Wiki
TeachTech K-12
Wiki Teaching Success
Teachers First
Wikibooks
Library Success
Wiki Becomes Textbook in College Classroom
Maintaining Legacy with Wikipedia (Podcast by Alan November)


Wiki Sites

Wikispaces
PBworks
Wikispace
Wetpaint


Strengths:

  1. Everyone has a voice.
  2. Emphasizes teamwork.
  3. Gives students time to think and respond.
  4. Available anytime: day or night
  5. Documents can be added to or edited by anyone with permission
  6. Documents and reports can be worked on collaboratively without face-to-face meetings
  7. Allows teachers to track participation.
  8. Encourages critical thinking/organizational skills.
  9. Allows for using the internet in a positive, constructive manner.
  10. Empowers students
  11. Reinforces word processing skills
  12. Sharing information world-wide
  13. Often reflects recently updated information.
  14. Responsibility for contribution to the wiki can be shared by inviting multiple users with similar interests.

Weaknesses:

  1. Editing requires some practice.
  2. Students might want to post/edit at the same time.
  3. Ensuring that every student has proper access.
  4. How do we prevent plagiarism or copyright infringement?
  5. Could consume too much class time.
  6. Some students do not have access to the internet at home.
  7. Difficult to monitor proper editing
  8. The editing process could become all consuming for the teachers of younger students
  9. One key value of a wiki is collaboration, but it is difficult to design meaningful collaborative projects, especially beyond the classroom.
  10. There are a lot of incomplete or empty wikis out there when you search under specific topics.
  11. Usage of additional sign on passwords can become troublesome
  12. Seems better for older students that can read and write; Difficult for kindergarten
  13. Many of the wikis are set up more like a webpage. They are not taking full advantage of the collaboration feature.
  14. Older students may have freedom of inappropriate anonymity unless steps ensure otherwise.
  15. Validity of information posted cannot always be assumed.

Opportunities:

  1. Collaborate with students from other schools on topics of common interest.
  2. Collaborate and learn with other students around the world.
  3. Work can continue from home seamlessly-students don't need to go to someone else's house
  4. Extension/enhancement of technology use
  5. Develop a tool to update curriculum amongst several teachers
  6. Collaborate schedules for parents volunteering (times/dates)
  7. Teachers have an opportunity to achieve tech proficiency in order to help students or others learn to use this social networking tool.
  8. Teachers have the opportunity to learn from their students as well, through student postings.
  9. Ability to experience and maintain cutting edge technology
  10. Is a creative venue that may help motivate the reluctant learner.
  11. Efficient tool for planning and completing an extensive, time-consuming project;
  12. Sharing ideas with others in your field is rewarding at both ends
  13. Provides opportunities for students to discern the importance of questioning web content
  14. Wikis are great for teacher collaboration.

Threats:

  1. Anyone can change content unless proper security settings are in place.
  2. Discussions of editing etiquette needed.
  3. Need to make sure students are protected to the level of the parent request (ie. publications permission sheet)
  4. This type of teaching format may be expected of all teachers.
  5. Could my information be tracked down by others who could send me viruses, etc

IDEAS FOR THE CLASSROOM

  • Build a story by having each student add to the existing story line.
  • Build a wiki about the seven continents. After reviewing, each continent ask students to post two facts about what they have learned.
  • For a grammar lesson, have the students edit a paragraph inserting all punctuation and capitalization.
  • For any Middle or Upper Division written project, this is a great place for students to save and collaborate on work.
  • Continuous updating of curriculum and lesson plans.
  • Sharing ideas between grade levels and divisions.
  • K-1: Create an animal alphabet wiki
  • Elementary grades create a spelling wiki that could become a virtual word wall.
  • Create a classroom Wiki to communicate with parents and teachers. A teacher can use a Wiki to list homework assignments, grades, lessons. class pictures, class news letters, etc. The teacher can also create a classroom wiki for students to write daily reflection and attach links for the classroom blog. (M. Fernandez, 2/15/09)
  • For a science research project, have students create a wiki to collaboratively outline the steps of the scientific method.

Links to Examples



This is a screen shot of my wiki. You can see at the top that there are options to help manage it. Having an organized side bar really helps visitors find what they are looking for FAST. Learn to anchor sub-headings so you can link them in your sidebar. 


Here is a basic wiki with the sidebar on the left. You can make your wiki as plain or as jazzed up as you want. The next screenshot is a very jazzed up wiki. The buttons on the sidebar are buttons and not just links. Design away! 


YouTube Video


Here is the YouTube Channel for Wikispaces: http://www.youtube.com/user/wikispacesvideos?feature=results_main 

Blogs Versus Wikis
Blogs and Wikis have some common denominators:
 They are both websites
 They are both user-generated (the content of blogs and wikis is created by the actual people who use the blogs or wikis)
 They both allow users to comment on the content
Wikis are better than blogs for:
 Archiving information for easy access
 Gathering information from a group of people. For example, the wiki Library Success collects information from librarians around the world. (See this past MPLIC Tech Train blog post for more information about Library Success)
Blogs are better than wikis for:
 Quickly sharing new information
 Starting and maintaining a dialog between the publisher and reader

Student Teaching a Teacher How to Create a Wiki


 

Students Using Wikispace in Class


YouTube Video


Wikispaces own YouTube Channel with tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/user/wikispacesvideos?feature=results_main 

YouTube Video


Here is a video about how one teacher uses Wikispaces:

YouTube Video

Teachers Guide on The Use of Wikis in Education

guides,social networking tools,wikis in educationMed kharbach

Today's guide is about Wikis in education. This is the 14th guide we are publishing here and there are more coming on the way. We . in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, are very much hoping that by the time we finish posting all the series of guides we have been working on, our readers ( most of whom are teachers and educators ) will have already acquainted themselves with some powerful web tools to integrate technology into their education. As I said in earlier guides, we will also publish a free ebook containing all the guides we have written plus several other surprises for teachers, so stay tuned.
What is a Wiki ?

According to Leuf and Cunningham, a wiki is " a free expandable collection of interlinked webpages, a hypertext system for storing and modifyinh information, a data base, where each page is easily edited by any user." A Wiki can be thought of as a combination of a web site and a Word document. At its simplest, it can be read just like any other web site, with no access privileges necessary, but its real power lies in the fact that groups can collaboratively work on the content of the site using nothing but a standard web browser.

The Wiki is gaining traction in education as an ideal tool for collaborative work but there are more than just collaboration that makes a Wiki a promising web tool for teachers and students. Let us go through some of these features to learn more about the potential of this tool in education.

wikis in education


Reasons why Wikis are important in education

Here is a list of some of the most important features that make out of Wikis powerful learning tools in the 21st century education :
  • Most of the Wiki hosting platforms are free
  • Wikis are easy to create and do not require any tech wizardary to run and maintain them
  • They have very student-friendly interfaces
  • They can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection
  • Anyone can edit a wiki
  • Wikis are instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update information
  • Geographical borders are deleted and students from all around the world can collaborate and work on the same document
  • The Wiki software keeps track of every edit made and it is a simple process to revert back to a previous version of an article
  • Wikis widen access to the power of web publishing to non-technical users
  • Wikis are flexible and do not have a predetermined structure meaning they can be used for a wide range of applications

wikis in education


Tips for teachers before using a Wiki
Here are some points teachers need to keep in mind while using Wikis in their classrooms :
  • Select a Wiki platform that you and your students are fanilair with
  • Look for a video tutorial online on how to use that platform to share with your students
  • You can use Teachers Free tutorial making tools to create your own tutorial about how students can use the wiki you are about to set up and share it with students
  • Dedicate a whole session to just walking your students around the different features of a Wiki and get them to do some example posting before you
  • Teach them about copyright issues and ethics ( chekc these resources tostart with )
  • Give them the reasons why you are creating this Wiki and make it clear it is for learning
  • Talk to them about the benefits they can get from using a Wiki in their learning
  • Create a classroom FAQ page that will help new students learn about your wiki
  • Create a poll or do a kind of voting on the name to pick for your wiki
  • Don't forget to get parents permission and make sure to inform the school authorities about the presence of the wiki
  • Periodically brief parents about the proceedings of the classroom wiki and if possible get them to contribute too.
How students and teachers can use Wikis in the classroom
Here are some suggested ideas on how you can leverage the power of Wikis to your classroom teaching and learning :

  • You can share docs, media, and PDF files on your classroom wiki
  • Wikis can be used as a portal for all your lessons
  • Using the discussion feature in Wikis, You can connect with your students and give them extra help
  • Teachers can expand their teaching beyond the classroom walls
  • You can use your Wiki to share presentations with your students
  • Make it a class project to collaboratively write a reference book that others can use.
  • Post assignments and study guides on your Wiki for the class to work on
  • Get your class to create summary pages on every unit they learn
  • Encourage students to share links and other helpful pieces of information on your classroom wiki
  • Allow students to make drafts on the wiki and ask others to comment on them
  • Assign portfolio pages to each of your students and allow them to display and discuss their work
  • Use your wiki for peer editing , for example students can edit each others work for spelling, grammar, or anything else you want them to learn
  • Wikis are a great way to get feedback from your students. Ask them to post comments on wiki pages
  • Use Wikis to track projects allowing thus students to see which tasks have been completed and which have not
  • Create a news outlet on your wiki
  • Create an achievement page where parents can log in to see what their kids have accomplished
  • Finally teachers can also use wikis for professional development and to connect with other educators from other places to discuss, share and learn from each other.

Two Great Wiki hosting platforms to start with

Here are some platforms where you can start your wiki for free. They are among the best available for teachers :

1- Wikispaces :
This is a free wiki host providing community wiki spaces, visual page editing, and discussion areas. It is my favourite platform and it is the first one I would recommend you try for your class.

2- PBworks
This is another great wiki hosting platform that lets anyone sign up and create a new wiki but the free version is ad-supported.

Examples of Educational Wikis
1- Classroom Wikis
2- Student Created Wikis
3- Higher-Ed Wikis
4- Group Project Wikis
5- Global Connections Wikis
6- PTO Wikis
7- Teacher Peer Wikis

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