Wikis: Introduction Regina G. Chatel, Ph.D. Saint Joseph College West Hartford, CT 06117 May 15, 2008 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Personal Web Site: http://www.sjc.edu/rchatel www.oddmuse.org/.../oddmuse/What%20Is%20A%20Wiki Workshop Agenda What’s a Wiki? Purpose of a Wiki Create A Wiki
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Explore the following wikis:
Take a few minutes to look at the wikis to the left. As you look at some of the wikis, discuss the following with your group:
What common features do you notice among the wikis?
Are there some features common to some, but not all, of the wikis?
What primary differences do you notice among the wikis?
Are there differences in the number and types of authors for the wikis?
Are there differences in the purposes of the wikis? How are the wikis being used?
How might you categorize the different types of wikis?
Working with a partner, note your observations to share with us.
Use these sites to see how educators are using
wikis in their classrooms:
How I use wikis. What do you do? from Cool Cat Teacher Blog (August 24, 2006)
Hardagon Podcast on Wikis in Educationfrom 2 Cents Worth (August 26, 2006)
View at least three of these sites to see content specific wikis in action:
AP World History Review
Bud Hunt's Wiki
High School Online Collaborative Writing Wiki
Holocaust Wiki Project
Westwood School's Wiki
WikiVille: Project Global Village
Writing Frameworks Wiki
Now that you have investigated what a wiki is - we need to think about how we might be able to use it in our classroom. As with any technology - there are pros and cons to it's use, so those differing viewpoints have been included in the list below.
Again - working with your partner, investigate how wikis are being used in classrooms. As you view these spaces, you will want to consider what would work at your particular discipline.
After about 30 minutes - take a stretch break and meet with your partner to share your thoughts so far.
Here are some other free educational wiki hosting sites you might want to investigate:
PBwiki: Helping educators educate
PBwiki Documents for you to download and share with your class or during your presentation.
Use the following sites to further investigate wikis:
Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not by Brian Lamb in Educause Review
Seven Things You Should Know About Wikis from Educause Review
What is a Wiki (And How to Use One for Your Big Projects) by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb in O'Reilly Network
Wikipedia : Search for "wiki" to read the entries and links to information on wikis.
WikiHow : Search for "wiki creation" to discover how to create a wiki.
Education guru Kathy Schrock's musings on Wikipedia
It's A Wiki, Wiki World by Chris Taylor in Time Magazine
Wiki Controversy: http://onewisdom.pbwiki.com/WhatsaWiki
Not all sites that you visit will be wikis - they may instead be informational articles for you to digest.
Some guiding questions:
How is a wiki different than a traditional website?
What common features do you notice about wikis?