Helping teachers integrate technology into instruction

This week, we’re going to take a look at another way to write and share content, but this time in the form of wikis.  First, though, let’s look at what makes blogs and wikis different.  With a blog, there is generally one poster (writer) who then allows comments to the post – like we’re doing here.  No one is allowed to make changes to a comment or post made by someone else.  With a wiki, anyone with access to the wiki has permission to make changes to the content.  If you choose not to limit access to a particular group or membership, anyone in the world can make changes.  Here is a short video on Wikis in Plain English.

In MCS, both the K-4th and the 5th-8th grade math leadership teams are using wikis to share resources with each other as we transition to the new Alabama College & Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics, as well as new textbooks.  You can look explore the 5th-8th wiki here

Other interesting wikis (don’t worry if they haven’t been updated in a while, we’re looking at format and content!):

Learning Latin America (9th grade)

AP Literature & Composition

Take a look at this list of 50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom.  Try to find at least two ways that look interesting to you that might work with your curriculum.

Let’s Practice!

Visit the Instructional Tech Tools for MCS Wiki and add your name to the list.  To do so, simply click on the big EDIT button at the top right of the page.  Make sure you click SAVE when you are finished typing!  (The instructions are also on the wiki page.)  As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me!!

That’s it for this week!  What do you think about wikis?  What are your thoughts about blogs vs. wikis?


Comments on: "Week 3, May 16th: Wikis" (11)

  1. okarrdms said:

    I love using wikis in the classroom. I have found that wikispaces is very reliable, and I am able to invite students to join my wiki. This saves me a great deal of time (so I am not waiting on them to set up the account), and they have the invite email in their box for later reference. I think it is a great way to collaborate.

  2. The EL teachers created a Wiki for information sharing with classroom teachers. We also used it to provide a book study for classroom teachers. Check out our MCSLearners Wiki 🙂

  3. I use wikis in my classroom a couple of different ways. I try to incorporate a wiki project each semester. Some projects include a novel wiki where students from each of my classes choose a novel and collaborate to create a wiki for it. This usually involves one or two students from each class – no more than six to a group – who usually do not know all the members, but must communicate, design and put pertinent information about the novel they’ve read on the wiki. Here is the link if you would like to check it out:—novel-wiki-fall-2011/home. This semester, instead of the novel wiki, students had to create an online newsletter. They are completed, but I am still in the process of grading them. They can be seen at:—novel-wiki-fall-2011/home. You must have permission to log into the MCS gateway to view this work.

    The primary complaint students have with the MCS google sites is that they feel they do not have enough control over formatting. The other problem with the MCS site is that this work cannot be moved off the site as far as I can tell. My goal is to find a safe way for students to create work so they can share it with others. I plan to look at Edublogs for this purpose during the summer.

    This is definitely worth taking the time to do.

  4. I have not used Wiki before. I printed the 50 Ways to Use Wikis in the Classroom. I found many ways I can use this in my class. I enjoyed reading the novel newsletter from Shelia Hadden’s class. I can apply this to my class. I liked the Multi-author story. I do this and let students move from computer to computer to add to a story. Wiki will be great for this and students can peer edit. This is a way to get feedback. Let students post comments on what they need more help with.

  5. I like this idea, but need info on how to incorporate into elementary school. The younger kids here don’t use their school email and I’d like to get them to start. Then we could make a book review wiki for next year!

  6. I worked with the ELL wiki and participated in their book study. I also created a wiki for my golf team. We did a book study also.

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