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Using Wikis to support Teaching & Learning : 

Using Wikis to support Teaching & Learning James Harrison & Stu Lowe Beacon Hill School

Purpose of today: : 

Purpose of today: To learn what wikis are To learn how wikis can support teaching and learning To learn how to start a wiki To try out a wiki

What IS a wiki? : 

What IS a wiki? A tool which can be used to create simple web pages that groups and friends can work on and edit together

What IS a wiki? : 

What IS a wiki?

The biggest wiki…Wikipedia.org : 

The biggest wiki…Wikipedia.org

The biggest wiki… : 

The biggest wiki…

So WHY use a wiki? : 

So WHY use a wiki?

Annette Lamb and Larry JohnsonSchool Library Media Activities Monthly, April 2009 : 

‘Wiki projects help young people shift from being consumers of the Internet to creators on the Web’ Annette Lamb and Larry JohnsonSchool Library Media Activities Monthly, April 2009

Read / Write web….Will Richardson : 

Read / Write web….Will Richardson

What are some BENEFITS? : 

What are some BENEFITS? Collaborative – create a sense of community Accessible outside classroom walls Allow students to share their findings Everyone’s ‘got a voice’ Build an online archive of class / group activities Connects learning in class with independent learning at home

Using a wiki warranty : 

Using a wiki warranty

What is available? : 

What is available? www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers

Some ideas of ways wikis can be used… : 

Some ideas of ways wikis can be used… Collaborate as a class as they research Build on their own ideas Collaborative storytelling As a central storage space Peer editing and reviewing Project / inquiry planning Within / between classes With parents / among schools

The inquiry process… : 

The inquiry process… Wikis encourage learners to think about how information can be organised They used a wiki to organise and synthesise information during the inquiry process http://csi.wikispaces.com

Wikispaces.com : 

Wikispaces.com Features We are going to look at the following features: introduction: setting up a Wikispace overview and using the edit toolbar setting up new pages adding images adding links adding YouTube videos look and feel of your Wikispace

Creating a wikispace... : 

Creating a wikispace...

Create a Wikispaces account : 

Create a Wikispaces account http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers

Creating users : 

Creating users Up to 100 accounts in bulk.

Editing a page… : 

Editing a page… Colour & style Headings (ToC) Add / Remove link Add image or file Add widget Save

Make a new page… : 

Make a new page…

Discussion tools… : 

Discussion tools… provide feedback note a connection explain changes that have been made to a page

History functions… : 

History functions… Contributions and comments made by each student can be viewed Additions and changes can be tracked

Permissions… : 

Permissions…

VoiceThread : 

VoiceThread

Editing your Wikispace : 

Editing your Wikispace http://esfcpd.wikispaces.com/

Stu – his experiences : 

Stu – his experiences

What makes a successful wiki? : 

What makes a successful wiki? Unique content – not recreating Structure ‘big picture’ AND elements / wood AND the trees shared in an appealing and organised way Agreed consistent structure Flexibility – begin incomplete Synergy – working together toward joint goal often more comprehensive results Enthusiasm – questioning Provide time IN school Use of online tools, embedded

Now… : 

Now… Explore ESF CPD wiki Create own wiki account Try out Google sites

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