Archive for the 'wiki' Category

What if… Science and Wiki’s

Monday, May 8th, 2006

What if students, elementary through high school, were to develop their own research projects (new research, not something that every other student is doing in a science kit), and share their process and results through a wiki? Things I like about this idea: 1) it is learning for a purpose; 2) each team can work on a different research project; 3) teams can decide on what is meaningful to them, even if their topic revolves around a needed objective in the classroom; 4) the wiki component is not simply regurgitating information, but creating new knowledge and sharing it with others (and opening it up for other to contribute).

I believe this type of class project can meet classroom/state objective requirements, move students to a higher level of thinking AND work to bring relevant projects into the classroom.

Vocab Blog and other read/write web examples

Monday, January 30th, 2006

I wasn’t sure what I would find when I got an email titled ‘Teaching vocab with blogs’, but Byrd Vocabulary has an interesting concept. While my thoughts immediately went to flash cards, I was impressed that students were developing connections to the words they were working on. Blogging is all about linking and connections, so the use fits.

John Witter has JUST started blogging within his classroom environment in a High School history course. I love his beginning post where he is openly purposing his blog content to gather feedback from his students about his teaching and lessons. Another great example of using blogs for more then just ‘writing a journal entry’.

How about a Wiki? Vicki A. Davis (at Cool Cat Teacher Blog) has had her kiddos start up a Wiki on productivity. She talks about this here, and you can visit the student Wiki product here. The idea is to have the students develop guidelines about daily planning that will help them as they progress through the semester.

Moving on to Podcasting: Darren Wilson, an Instructional Technology Specialist in Irving, TX, has started putting podcasts from elementary students online. They podcast their daily video announcements (in audio form) and have started podcasting student writing examples (that the students read) as well.

Bob Sprankle really gets his students riled up as they produce podcasts and other content online. You have to admit that student engagement is entirely different when the students take stake in the content as opposed to ‘Your journal entry for today is…’.

To be honest, I am just putting together a collection of links that demonstrate how educators can use some of these tools in a classroom setting BEYOND simply writing a journal to put online. These are great tools for instigating the development of connections within a learning environment, after all. I’ll post some responses from our group that I share these with - it’s just a quick demo…