Blogs & Wikis. STAT21 & ESA2 September 29 th , 2009. ESA Region 2. Learning Targets. Learn K-12 applications for using blogs & wikis Create a blog & a wiki. Learn the basics of these applications.
STAT21 & ESA2
September 29th, 2009
ESA Region 2
Learn K-12 applications for using blogs & wikis
Create a blog & a wiki. Learn the basics of these applications.
Be able to identify the differences between blogs & wikis. Know which application to use to support your instruction.
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Communication and collaboration
Creativity & innovation
ICT Literacy (information, communication & technology)
The sum of human knowledge
From Hawaiian wiki-wiki, which means “quick”
First Wiki was created in 1995
A Website where anyone can edit anything anytime they want
76 word post on Wikipedia appeared 9 hours after the earthquake
24 hours later: 400 edits & 3000 words
48 hours later: 1200 edits & 6500 words
6 months later: 7000 edits & 7200 words
The power of the collective human knowledge!
There are vastly more editors who want to make it right than those who want to make it wrong
Alex Halavais experiment: 13 errors on various posts were all corrected within 2 hours (Halavais, 2004).
Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, has called Wikipedia one of the most accurate encyclopedias in the world (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs).
Each page on a Wiki has a “history” tab
Easily revert back to a previous page version
You may want to monitor wiki entries as a group (Wikipedia)
Giving students editorial control can instill a sense of responsibility and ownership
Wiki projects typically work best when teachers let students manage the content on the site
Some wiki sites feature password & login systems – edits may be restricted to “members only”
And on, and on, and on
Collaborative authoring tool (21st century skills)
Web based, can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection (web 2.0)
May be student directed or teacher directed
Peer editing and writing
Students publish content, develop collaborative skills
Students have to read critically to find areas where information is missing or disorganized
Students negotiate with others to agree on correctness, meaning, relevance, and more
Student begin to teach each other!
Even though the writing is not their own, they have to take it as their own because they have the ability to edit and make it better – this is a huge shift.
Online texts for curriculum
Resource to showcase best practices
Use amongst teachers or district to share information
Students create their own wikipedia (future classes may edit)
A multicultural cookbook
Discuss with a partner some ideas you have for using a Wiki in your classroom
Please, grant me the serenity to accept the pages I cannot edit,
The courage to edit the pages I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference
Short for Weblog
First blog(s) were created around 1997
(CNET, March 20, 2007)
Two new blogs are now created every second
You can create a blog in under a minute!
Students write better when they have a real audience
Promote open dialogue where students share knowledge and reflect on a topic
Combines the best of solitary reflection & social interaction
Powerful medium for increasing access & exposure to quality information
blogging across content areas
Communicate with parents using a blog
Truly a constructivist tool
Can expand the walls of the classroom
Blogs archive learning (facilitates reflection and metacognitive analysis)
Democratic tool that supports different learning styles
Enhances the development of expertise on a topic
Teaches students new literacies (research, organize, synthesize)
Language students (and Ell) can create conversations with native speakers
Phys Ed can log and analyze their workouts/diets
History students can construct sites for ancient civilization/conflict studyBlogging across the curriculum
Elementary school publishing
Teachers Communicate with parents
Daily chronicles of classroom
Find a partner – discuss how you would like to use a blog
Test it out by placing your ideas on
The following blog:
Links with analysis
Reflective, metacognitive writing on practice without links/commenting
Links with analysis & synthesis that show a deep understanding of the content being linked to
Extended analysis & synthesis over a long period of time (builds on previous posts & links)
Journaling (this is what I did today)
Elementary: (Teachers may need to do the writing) Ask authors, scientists, politicians, parents to join into conversations about ideas. Students can ask questions and reflect on answers.
Middle School: Students as “experts” on topics – compare and reflect. Structure ways to include reader response
High School: Extended studies and reflections upon a topic. Incorporate feedback from readers, synthesize information from a # of different sources, advance new interpretations of the topic
Even the New York Times can get it wrong
Bloggers will fact check your ____! (The Dan Rather incident)
How do you tell what is reliable when essentially every source can be incorrect?
Blogs are essentially unedited content
Find out about the author
Who owns the site? (internic.com)
Technorati.com - type in URL , how many links?
Take a look at the author’s blogroll (the list of blogs the blogger links to)
Find out as much as you can about the blogger’s personal agenda (read through other posts)
Do they seem credible? Is there an obvious political bias? Is something being bought or sold? Are others commenting?
Reflect upon your teaching experiences
Keep a log of teacher training experiences
Provide some teaching tips for other teachers
Describe how you use a technology in your own class
Explore important teaching and learning issues
Write about something you learned from another teacher
Post class-related information such as calendars, events, homework, etc.
Communicate with parents
Post prompts for writing
Provide examples of classwork
Create an online book club
Publish examples of good student writing done in class
Start by posting homework assignments and relevant links
Get the students reading blogs
Good blogging starts with good reading!
Let the parents know you have created a site
Models & examples
Let students respond to posts
Give each student his/her own blog
A search engine for media including blogs, photos, videos, and audio.
If you want to create more visibility for your blog, you may submit your blog to the technorati database.
A microblogging site
140 char max
Email or text messages to phone.
Messages are sent to all who subscribe
Messages are called “tweets”
Writing process: Blog
Cannot be edited by others
Collaborative writing: wiki
Can be edited by all
Changes are tracked
Create and Adhere to school technology policy
Review the entire policy with staff, students and parents
Communicate to parents what you are doing and why
Teach ethical and legal behavior for social softwARE use