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Wikis in Education
This page provides an extensive list of sites that examine the use of
Wikis in Education.
What is a wiki?
Simply put, wikis enable anyone and everyone to create content online using easily understandable tools. The most famous wiki is Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia created by users from around the globe. Not surprisingly, K-12 schools are also taking advantage of the opportunities for "collaborative construction" that wikis provide.
articles about wikis in the classroom
wiki resources for teachers.
Wiki Hosts: the following links are examples of online spaces where you can join and set up wikis for your class.
If you are a teacher or student and you wish to create an advertisement free space that will be used for educational purposes then go to this link and join up for free.
If you would like to see more examples of
classroom wikis created with wikispaces go here.
If you want some online help or understanding then go to this link
pb wikis can increase student engagement using a safe online wiki. Create an online presence without having to wait for IT to make an easy-to-update web space. Create a no-hassle way to showcase students' work online.
Wetpaint wikis are "click-and-type" websites that are easy to start and even easier to expand, because you can invite anyone you like to add text, photos, links, and other content to your Wetpaint site. To add or edit content, all you need to do is click the EasyEdit button to activate an editing toolbar similar to what you'd see in programs like Microsoft Word. Then just start typing!
MindTouch Deki Wiki
is a free open source wiki and application platform for communities and enterprises. Deki Wiki is an easy to use and sophisticated wiki for authoring, aggregating, organizing, and sharing content. Deki Wiki is also a platform for creating collaborative applications, or adding wiki capabilities to existing applications.
, yet another wiki hosting service
Articles about the use of wikis in the classroom:
how and why did wikis start? Where did the name come from?
From the Department of Education, Western Australia-this link provides
discussion and examples of wikis in the classroom-
techLearning-Wild about Wikis
this article discusses the value of wikis and how they can take teachers and student collaboration to the next level. -includes links to real wikis created by teachers.
Wikis in Education:
wwwtools for teachers
, this article provides an overview of wikis and discusses their use in education. Has many links to articles and examples of wikis used in education.
Wikispaces about their use in education
provides some great ideas and links to wikis in education.
- A wiki that discusses the use of wikis.
Examples of how wikis can be used in classrooms
Wikis are an incredibly flexible tool. Think about how you might use them.
create in online text for your classroom
try creating a choose your own adventure
have your students use a wiki to publish information about a topic that they are investigating
create an online presence for your school
create digital portfolios for students and teachers
create collaboration opportunities between classes across the school and across the world
Wikis @ Wedderburn
we have a number of wikis that are used as online subject organisational tools.
acts as a portal to our class wikis and student wikis.
Years 11 & 12 ICT
maintain a wiki as a repository for class files.
each have their own page. This is where they upload work to be submitted for assessment as well as download work given out by their teacher. The Year 12 class iss taught via videoconferencing and the wiki allows students in the remote schools to access files in real time during each lesson.
Year 7 ICT
Year 8 ICT
- in these wikis teachers used pages as a type of
that was shared with students each week. This proved to be a very effective way to
keep track of lesson progress
as well as an after hours resource for students in each class. The wiki also provided links for students in classroom activities.
We are also trialling the use of wikis as a
personal digital portfolio
for students in
Years 7 & 8. This link
gives an example of the way we have chosen to structure the portfolio for this year - 2007.
What is a digital portfolio?
Grade 3/4 students and teachers maintain a
Wedderburn Grade 3/4 wiki
to use for links and small projects.
this is a project that
Year 8 students
in our school, Wedderburn College and students in Andale, Kansas participated in in 2007.
has been a major project for students in Year 8 at Wedderburn. Our students have collaborated with students from 6 other countries to build a wiki around the 9 areas of Digital Citzenship. The project involved online and off line aspects culminating in students preparing a presentation to teach another class about the area of expertise. Students used
a Digiteen ning
to communicate and share ideas as well as to discuss issues as they arose.
Other examples of wikis being used in the classroom.
Wikis in Prep-4
is a wiki created by Sue Wyatt and her class in Tasmania.
is another wiki created by
and her students. Check out the entries by the students who were researching the area where they live.
This is a school wiki created by
Arborheights Elementary school
as an information portal for parents, students and teachers.
an cluster wide wiki created by teachers and students in the Williamstown Environmental Cluster in Melbourne, Victoria.
this is a group of students Moturoa Classroom from Appleby School who have created a wiki on waterways.
Primary Maths Wiki
- this is an example of young students and their teachers collaborating and sharing their understandings about maths in the real world
is a beautifully planned wiki that values and recognises the writing of students in classrooms around the world. Students can not only publish a "story of their world" but also are asked to peer review each other's work.
his is a wiki
created by Tom Barrett and his students and although it appears not to be active at the moment, it shows some ways that younger students can work with wikis.
- although now closed this wiki demonstrates another wonderful example of the use of literature as a catalyst for creating a collaborate space.
6 Words Wiki
a simple idea that would be a wonderful way to collaborate with other classrooms around the world.
Wikis in the Middle Years
The Flat Classroom Project
-co created by
(Westwood schools, USA) and
(Qatar Academy, Qatar) uses Web 2.0 tools to facilitate communication, interaction and collaboration between students and teachers from all participating classrooms. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on 'The World is Flat' by Thomas Friedman.One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working in isolation, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom.
Check out also
The Flat Classroom workshop site
which gives an insight into how Vicki and Julie created the concept.
Chemistry with Mr Olson
-students represent themselves as a chemical element and use a page in the wiki to describe themselves.
The Horizon Project- 2008
is another project created by Vicki and Julie. It is a sister project to the Flat classroom project
Using Wikis as a Resource for Teachers
Web 2.0 in Education is a wiki
created in the UK and explores the way Web 2.0 can be used in education.This site is designed to provide teachers with a directory of free webtools along with some suggestions as to how they may be used in the classroom. I have searched over 2000 websites and listed over 200 tools,
that's over 200 opportunities for you to use ICT in your classroom and all for free!
ePlanks is a wiki
created by two Australian teachers from Hawkesdale in Victoria. It has lots of practical resources and ideas for classroom use.
is another wiki created by Australian teachers providing links and resources for the classroom.
has been nominated for Best Educational wiki for 2008 and with good reason as it has a great list of resources around the use of higher order thinking in the classroom.
Classroom 2.0 wiki
is a companion to the Classroom2.0 ning that now has over 15,000 educator members. It has a wealth of links and ideas as well as announcements for upcoming educational programs.
This is a great wiki for
advocates for Digital Citizenship
. It provides links, ideas and resources for those who are interested in Digital Citizenship and it's importance in education. Put simply Digital citizenship is knowing how to behave safely and responsibly with regard to technology use.
is a wiki created by
, as a resource center for his presentations and workshops. Very comprehensive overview of Web 2.0 applications in the classroom
David Warlick has created a
using PM wiki which he uses in his presentations all over the world. Yet another example of how flexible and useful wikis can be.
is the 31 day comment challenge is a program to promote effective, meaningful comments run by several amazing edubloggers -- this is an example of something that those interested in facilitating effective communications should discuss and participate in.
created by Liz Davis, it has links for teachers (or anyone else who is interested) to technology tutorials. It contains tutorials on how to use applications like
, and many others.
Cool Tools for Schools
is created by Lenva (twitter)
is a wiki created by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod. the wiki discusses the changes that are occurring in education and the world in general. It discusses in particular the video that they created called
Did You Know?
Chris Betcher's wiki
that he uses for presenting at conferences. Chris is a teacher at Presbyterian Ladies College and is a leading light in the online educational world.
123 eLearning for life
wiki is created by Julie Lindsay ICT head of technology at Doha in Qatar. It has resources, links and ideas around using Web2.0 technologies in education.
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