Lesson 1- Wikis


September 13-19

Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1. Explain what wikis are and how they work.
2. Create a wiki.
3. Explain how to use wikis in the classroom.
Grading for Module- 1 hour credit=100 points
Journal entry on wiki- 25 points
Discussion participation- 25 points
Product- Wiki- 50 points

Description:

Wikis are collaborative, editable web pages. Multiple people can edit your pages, and each change is recorded so you can collaborate with everyone in your organization. Your wiki saves every version of each page so that if a mistake is made, you can just revert back to a previous version.

Assignment:

1. Watch the slideshows and read the websites below in "Section 1- What is a wiki?" to learn about wikis.
2. Create an account and your first wiki at http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers. Use the links in "Section 2- Create a Wikispace" for instructions. Your first wikispace will be your portfolio for this class.
  • Name it "digitaldozen-yourname".
  • Set the permissions to "Protected" so that only you can edit the page but we can all see it.
  • To the Home page, add a brief introduction to yourself (your campus, what you teach, what you hope to gain from this class).
  • Add a new page called "Wikis". As we work through the course, you will create a page for each module for embedding your work and journaling your ideas.
  • On your "Wikis" page, write a definition of "wiki" in your own words (imagine that a fellow teacher asks you, "What is a wiki?" What would you say to explain wikis to him/her?)
3. Fill out the form on the "Participant Wikis" page (http://digitaldozen.wikispaces.com/Participant+Wikis)
4. Explore the websites and wiki examples in "Section 3- Ideas for Using Wikis in the Classroom".
5. Answer the discussion questions found on the Discussion tab of this wiki page.
6. On your "Wikis" page on your Wikispace, write your ideas for using wikis in your classroom (either teacher or student created).
7. Read the answers to the discussion questions posted by your fellow Digital Dozen classmates. Respond to at least 1 post.


Section 1: What is a wiki?

Wikis in Plain English


Teachers First- Wiki
http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/

Best Practices for Using Wikis in the Classroom:
http://itcboisestate.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/10-best-practices-for-using-wikis-in-education/
http://teachertipstraining.suite101.com/article.cfm/using_wiki_technology_to_engage_students
http://expertvoices.nsdl.org/middle-school-math-science/2008/08/26/teacher-tools-that-integrate-technology-wikis/

Section 2: Create a Wikispace

Site
Tutorials
Wikispaces
Create an account-
http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers

Create new wikispaces-
http://www.wikispaces.com/t/x/teachers100K
GCISD Training Manual:

Addendum:


Click the HELP link in the top right hand corner of your wiki
or
http://www.wikispaces.com/help

http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/file/view/wikispaces+v2.pdf

Customizing the Theme, Colors and Logo on Your Wiki


Section 3: Ideas for Using Wikis in the Classroom

50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom
http://www.smartteaching.org/blog/2008/08/50-ways-to-use-wikis-for-a-more-collaborative-and-interactive-classroom/
Steps for Creating a Wiki
http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2010/05/tips-for-teaching-wikis-how-i-explain.html
Wikis and WebQuests
http://makeawebquest.wikispaces.com/
Little Known Ways to Integrate Wikis into a Science Classroom
http://www.teachscienceandmath.com/2010/04/28/little-known-ways-to-integrate-wikis-in-science-class/
Getting Students Involved
http://pbworksadmintraining.pbworks.com/Get-students-involved-in-your-workspace


Tips for Managing Wikis in the Classroom

Rules for Kids:
http://wheretostartwithwikisandblogs.wikispaces.com/Wiki+Blog+rules+for+kids
Handouts:
http://digitallyspeaking.pbworks.com/Wikis#Handouts
Engaging Students
http://teachertipstraining.suite101.com/article.cfm/using_wiki_technology_to_engage_students
"The Wiki Teacher"
http://www.edutopia.org/wiki-teacher
How to Grade Wikis


Examples

Social Studies
US History- http://woodward8.wikispaces.com/
http://wa7.wikispaces.com/Middle+East+Podcasts
Collaborative 50 States- http://50statesproject.wikispaces.com/
Science
Chemistry Experiments- http://chemicalparadigms.wikispaces.com/Grade+9+Chemistry
Periodic Table- http://salksperiodictable.wikispaces.com/Periodic+Table
http://scs8wikinotes.wetpaint.com/
http://teachertipstraining.suite101.com/article.cfm/using_wikis_in_science_classes_for_collaboration
5th Grade Science- http://acftscience.wetpaint.com/page/Student+Created+Pages
Endangered Animals Webquest- http://endangeredanimalswebquest.wikispaces.com/
Math
http://teachertipstraining.suite101.com/article.cfm/using_wikis_in_math_classes
Middle School Math Wiki- http://langwitches.org/blog/2010/05/28/middle-school-math-wiki-students-thoughts/
Language Arts
http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/2957
http://mslinder.wikispaces.com/poetryexplication
http://fa-english9.wikispaces.com/
Collaborative Story- https://writeyourstory.wikispaces.com/
2nd Grade Fantasy Writing- http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-stw-s.carolina-differentiated-instruc-example-lesson-fantasy-writing.pdf
2nd Grade Fantasy Writing- center help sheet (pg 4)- http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-stw-s.carolina-differentiated-instruc-example-weekly-lesson-plan-grade2-language-arts.pdf
Various subject areas
http://wikisineducation.wetpaint.com/page/Wikis+in+the+Classroom
Research Project-http://blufordstudentwork.pbworks.com/Research-Project:-4th-Grade


Enrichment

You can embed things from many other sites into your wiki to increase fun (and functionality!)
http://mrssmoke.onsugar.com/Best-Embeds-Educational-Wikis-Blogs-3082114