In the latest post by Sue Waters in the edublogger, Sue has asked for feedback from the readers regarding wikis. Here are her questions and below them is my response.
- How do you explain to people what a wiki is?
- Reasons why you use wikis
- How you use a wiki for professional learning or with your students?
- Examples of your favourite wikis
- Questions you always wanted answered about wikis
A wiki in simple terms is a web page that can be edited easily by one person or by many. It can be used as for a collection of resources, but its most powerful use is for collaborative purposes, where members can work in virtual teams to achieve a site full of rich material that can include text, links, images, video, podcasts and other multimedia etc.
My first use of wikis was to keep all the online resources that I have found in one easily accessbile website. However, since then I have used wikis with global staff and students. The flatclassroom projects use wikis for the collection of materials from the virtual global student teams. The netgened project was a fabulous project that has just finished.
The flatclassroom and digiteen projects are work in progress at the moment and their wikis can be seen from the preceeding links. Look at this example of a great student developed wiki page for the netgened project.
Our grade 3-7 students are involved in the es1001tales es1001tales.wikispaces.com and the ms1001tales where students are grouped together with two other schools from two other countries. They each write astory, place it on the shared wiki and their group members read it, provide feedback and positive ideas for improvement. After two more drafts their work is complete, images are added etc. In 2008, my year 9/10 students answered questions for Susie Corbett’s USA students so that they could accurately complete travel posters for Australia. Here is her final comments on the wiki, once the project was completed:-
“Thanks to all you people who contributed to this wiki, especially you Aussies, you are AWESOME! We learnt much about you and your country. Collaborative tools such as wikis offer a way to travel and communicate beyond backyards without even leaving the classroom. This was a whole lot more fun than researching with an encyclopedia!”
Grade 4 and 5 added a podcast to globalexplorers
My year 8 students are the sounding board for a project on Africa I am also starting wikis for each of my subject areas as resource collections initially. I love the work that Vicki Davis does with eportfolios and her students. I tend to use blogs as e-portfolis, but Vicki uses wikis.My students have had to learn how to tag, add discussions, write in the history tab etc. Wiki wars have occurred and it has been a steep learning curve.
I would love to know how to add RSS feeds from delicious and diigo.