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Blogs and Wikis. Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio, Inc. December 11, 2008 SOITA Dayton, Ohio. Rachel Lacy [email protected] Established over 30 years ago to provide Instructional Television Services to Ohio Schools

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blogs and wikis

Blogs and Wikis

Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio, Inc.

December 11, 2008


Dayton, Ohio

Rachel Lacy

[email protected]

Established over 30 years ago to provide Instructional Television Services to Ohio Schools
  • Eight Agencies serve the educational technology needs of over 1800 Public, JVS, Non-Public and Community Schools in Ohio

Over 2.1 Million Students Served

Over 150,000 Educators Served

Over 155,000 hours of Professional Development delivered to educators in 2007/2008

Ohio’s Ed Tech Agencies

Instructional television programming and delivery
  • Teacher guides and supplemental resources for use with instructional media
  • Distribution of licensed instructional videos
  • online learning resources
  • Digital resources including video streaming
  • Professional development and training programs
    • Face-to-Face Workshops ([email protected], Mount Vernon and New Boston labs!) offered directly to educators,
    • On-site professional development for districts
    • Distance Learning, Webinars and Online Classes

Our Services

What is Web 2.0?

I Didn’t know there was a web 1.0….

Collaboration in the Classroom:

Working Together=Working Smarter

The Interactive Web

The Social Web

What is a Wiki?

What is it?

  • Free online writing space
  • Allows multiple authors to add, update, edit
  • The process is the product


  • Group projects
  • Manage school and class documents
  • Use as a presentation tool
Make a free wiki as easily as a

Peanut butter sandwich.

In the classroom, a wiki is a free tool that empowers every student to participate in group projects.
James has assigned a team research project.What can he do to encourage the students to work together, share resources and create high quality work?
Three great ways to communicate

with students




CreatePublishCommentConversePost IdeasRespondShareEditCollaborateEngage

WritePublish Comment


Post ideas


“It's so easy to create a site to help guide students along with projects. I have found that it's a good way to make handouts available to students - I just point them at the web address. I post links to my PBwiki sites on Rockford's site so that parents can access project guidelines as well.”

Justin Wylie

Rockford High School

Mary wants to be sure her students are is protected from the wider internet.

How can she make certain her online site is off limits to child predators?

How can she be sure that her students won’t be drawn onto the web?

you control who sees your wiki
YOU control who sees your wiki

You set the password.

You choose who participates.

Jamie wants to make certain her students act appropriately on line.

Will her students write offensive comments?

How can she monitor her students activity?

no more dog ate my homework
No more “dog ate my homework”

Edits are time stamped. You know who made changes and when they were made.

Wikis are Free and Easy to set up

No IT department is needed!

Set it up and it works

just like typing in Microsoft Word

Just like creating a Word document

Just click and begin

Easily insert Images and Video

post a picture or a video in three easy steps
Post a picture or a video in three easy steps

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3 – You’re Done!!!

Teachers can make coursework and homework information easily available to both students and parents.

With easy to use plugins you can create a calendar.

Quickly create new pages

Templates designed with teachers in mind

Unlimited pages for free educator wikis!

For more ideas check out the PBwiki educator page. You can find tips, suggestions, templates and a community of fellow teacher users.

Join the more than 135,000 teachers who have used PBwikis for their classrooms, from elementary schools to Stanford and Harvard.

A Wiki Movie

Great Wiki Examples and Integration Ideas


  • Holocaust Page
  • 5th Grade Book Study Wiki
  • Collaborative Novel AvonMagnolia Wiki
What is a blog?

What is it?

  • Short for ‘weblog’
  • “Empty book”
  • Commenting feature


  • Columbus Academy PD blog
  • AP Calculus
  • 6th Grade Homework blog
Blogs in theClassroom
  • Access torelevantmaterials
  • Communicationwithabsentstudents
  • Increasedparentinvolvement
  • Continue discussions outside classroom
  • Q&A with guest speakers
  • Post prompts for writing
  • Publish examples of good student writing
Advantages of Using a Blog
  • Instant publishing
  • Free or little cost
  • Comment features
  • Work for any subject
  • Give everyone a voice
  • Promote ownership of work
  • Reflection on process
  • Comments incite excitement

Let’s build a blog and wiki