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There are 70 million blogs online today • 120,000 new blogs every day *Technorati
Participatory Culture • More than one half of all teens have created media content, and roughly one third of teens who use the Internet have shared content they produced. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century - Henry Jenkins 10/19/06
Teacher blogger • Communicates with parents/community • Classroom happenings • Student work published • Communicates with students • Homework assignments • Upcoming projects or events • Respond to reading or prompt
Student blogger • Fosters ownership and choice • Interacts collaboratively • Creates enthusiasm • Encourages students to write • Feedback from multiple sources Blogs Wikis Wikispaces Blog Examples Wiki Examples Blog Tools
Open a dedicated Google Account • Gmail ~ manage passwords, activity • Google Reader ~ review posts • Open a blog account • Teacher blog • Classroom blog • Student blogs
Username and Passwords • Same for blog and Google • Never use your banking or financial PIN • Be consistent • Example: • Username: yearninehistory • Password: ********** • Make a note of it somewhere if memory fails you
Bookmark the 2 sites… • Class Blog • Gmail account (Add them to a bookmark folder either on your computer or at del.icio.us)
start small • You ~ administrator • Another ~ co-author • Change roles according to your needs or comfort level
Individual Student Blogs are a challenge • Teacher as administrator • Student ~ author or contributor… editor? • Create via class blog • Ask the students • to open an account • Invite you to be an author • Manage Posts • Subscribe to each blog via dedicated Gmail account Blogs Wikis Wikispaces Blog Examples Wiki Examples Blog Tools
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Use Wikis for… • Group-based learning assignments (work as a team) • Collaborative writing • Teachers see progress • Students learn to work collaboratively • Glossary/Knowledgebase • Meeting notes • Coordination and to do lists • Planning Events
Use Wikis for… • Collaborative handout for students • Writing: student created books and journaling. (i.e. Wikibooks) • Create and maintain a classroom FAQ • Classroom discussion and debate area • Aggregate web resources • Choose a topic on Wikipedia, break the topic into facts, students verify the facts using their information literacy skills, and make changes accordingly (Citing sources). http://www.teachinghacks.com/wiki/index.php?title=Wikis
Advantages • One unified document • All work on same page(s) • Always see the latest version • Versions are tracked • Access anywhere with a web browser Blogs Wikis Wikispaces Blog Examples Wiki Examples Blog Tools
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Wikispaces in Education • Wikispaces is offering its Plus account to teachers for FREE ($50/year value) • The Plus account offers the following: • No advertising • Enhanced privacy features • Increased storage space • http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers100K
Registering & Creating Your First Wiki http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers100K
Creating a New Wiki • Make sure you are signed into Wikispaces • Go to: • http://www.wikispaces.com/t/x/teachers100K
Educator FAQs • I am already using Wikispaces and am a K-12 teacher. Can I take advantage of the free Plus space offer? • Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us the names of the spaces you need us to convert and mention that you're using those spaces exclusively for K-12 (primary and secondary) education. • If you want to create more K-12 spaces, you can do so here: • http://www.wikispaces.com/t/x/teachers100K .
Registering Students • Is there an easy way to create accounts for all of my students? • Sure - if you don't want your students to have to create accounts themselves, just email email@example.com with a list of usernames, email addresses (if you have them - if you don't just leave them out), and passwords in the following format and we'll create the accounts for you. • user1,firstname.lastname@example.org,password1 • Length of Usernames and Passwords • Please make sure that usernames are at least 3 characters long (we allow letters, numbers, underscores _, or dashes -) and that passwords are at least 6 characters long. • Which Space? • Finally, make sure to let us know which spaces we should add them to as members.
Sign In To Wikispaces Use the user name and password you created or were assigned.