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Wikis in the Foreign Language Classroom. AATF 2007 Baton Rouge, LA. Gail Corder Director of Educational Technology/ French Teacher Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX. What is a wiki?. Web 2.0 – Focus on participation rather than simply looking at information

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Wikis in theForeign Language Classroom

AATF 2007Baton Rouge, LA

Gail Corder

Director of Educational Technology/ French Teacher

Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX


What is a wiki?

  • Web 2.0 – Focus on participation rather than simply looking at information

  • Web page that anyone (with permission) can edit

  • Creator of wiki has administrative control, can assign others to serve administrative functions

  • Collaborative in nature


Blogs vs. wikis

  • Can subscribe to blogs via RSS aggregator

  • Multiple users can add to a blog, but only the owner can change it fundamentally.


Blogs vs wikis

“The key difference to keep in mind is that a true wiki is actively collaborative, that is, anyone can edit the document at any point in the document, whether that is to insert a comma, strike a sentence, or add an additional page. Blogs tend to function more like monologues, or pronouncements from the author(s) to which readers may append their own comments without the ability to alter the original blog text.” -- Wikipedia


Examples of wikis


Wikipedia – anyone can contribute


  • Administrators have control over content.


Examples of wikis

  • WikiTravel

    • Collaborative travel guide

    • Phrasebooks

    • Discussion boards


Wikis in Education

  • Design Patterns

  • Bernie Dodge, creator of the WebQuest


Best Uses in Foreign Language

Any of the seven models could be adapted for use in the foreign language classroom; however the following lend themselves most easily to foreign language instruction:

  • Micropedia

  • FAQ

  • Branching Story

  • Exegesis


Micropedia

  • Creating a mini-encyclopedia

  • Students in groups

  • Each group assigned one topic to research and post article

  • Each group must also validate two other articles

  • Could be done with AP essay


Micropedia


FAQ

  • Organized around questions and answers

  • Students are assigned a topic of any nature - cultural, language oriented, or any topic which could be discussed in the target language.

    • Holidays in Spain

    • False cognates

    • How to survive Spanish IV

    • Any area in which students already have expertise

  • Students write a short summary article about the topic in the target language

  • Students generate and post questions about other topics

  • Reponses to questions are posted by those who wrote the articles


FAQ


Branching Story

  • Given a writing prompt, students generate pages to build a “create your own adventure” story.

  • Start in large groups which become smaller as groups branch off to take charge of a particular section.

  • Higher order thinking skills


Branching Story

Terry the Tennis Ball – A Choose Your Own Adventure Story


Exegesis

  • Students are given a poem or prose passage on the wiki.

  • Students create hyperlinks within the text to pages which give more information about a particular word or phrase.

  • Definitions, translations, grammatical explanations, idiom use, etc.

  • Individually or in groups


Exegesis


Online Discussion

My class - Previous years used bulletin board format (Turnitin.com)


Online Discussion


What does this mean for you?

  • Become aware of wikis

  • Contribute to a wiki (Wikibooks, Wikitravel, Wikipedia.)

  • Creating a class wiki – intermediate level computer user

  • See me if you are interested!


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