Wiki 2: Collaboration Station

Wiki, Wiki, Wiki! So you've set up your own wiki? Now what? Come learn how to use a wiki and all the bells and whistles to make your classroom rock! Learn how wiki's are a catalyst in transforming 21st century classroom learning by engaging students through collaboration and getting connected outside of a 4-wall classroom. NOTE: Participants should already have at least one wiki started prior to taking this workshop. For Professional Staff Only

Enduring Understandings:
Participants will understand how to use Web 2.0 Tools to enhance their wikis.
Participants will understand how to engage students through collaboration.

Essential Questions:
How can a wiki enhance the learning experience in my classroom?How is a wiki an effective collaborative tool?

Knowledge and Skills:
Participants will demonstrate an understanding of collaborative power of wikis.Participants will share how wikis pertain to their subject area(s).Participants will integrate Web 2.0 Tools into their Wikis.

Assessment Evidence/Instruments:

Learning Activities:
Navigation of Wiki
Wiki Discussion

Required Materials/Resources:
Technology Workshops Wiki
Internet Laptop
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Workshop Navigation:
1. What is a wiki?
2. Who uses wikis?
What is the difference between a wiki and a blog?

4. Wiki Four Basic Functions Classroom Management
Teachers can use wikis to post assignments, outlines for class lecture and discussion, notes for class assignments, Web links for units of study, and WebQuests. Teachers can lock a wiki to prevent changes to their pages if they choose.
5. Wiki Four Basic Functions Collaboration
Peer editing can be effective with a wiki. Students can work together to produce a document and discuss the organization as they work through the process. Students can also write individual papers and receive help from other students and adults. Producing a piece of writing that can be viewed on the internet gives students a wider audience. When the audience expands beyond the teacher, students feel that their writing is more significant and they will take more ownership for their work. Friends and family can participate in this process and be sounding boards for the work. Wikis can also be shared with classrooms across the world. One wiki is shared between one class in Camilla, Georgia and another class in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The cultural exchange possibilities are excellent.//
6.Wiki Four Basic Functions Discussions Because a wiki provides a means for discussion, the constructive criticism received can help students to think through the process of writing. Discussions can also give students positive feedback and stimulate higher-order thinking. Discussion can facilitate healthy exchanges of opinion on controversial topics. Students will motivate each other to think about current issues because they will have the chance for lively interchange of ideas.
7.Wiki Four Basic Functions Students Portfolios Wikis can be a repository for student projects. Students can keep all their brainstorming ideas, research notes, and links in one place. This can be a hedge against plagiarism, and also help students to stay organized.
8. Wiki Concerns to Consider Inappropriate Conduct Some students may try to disrupt the normal flow of information on a wiki by posting inane or even defamatory content. Wikis can be set up where the teacher can control who is allowed to post. This should eliminate the problem because the teacher will know who has created the post. Another caution is to make sure that not more than one student is posting to a page at one time. Several students can work on one site on different pages at the same time.
Acceptable Uses Most schools districts have an Acceptable Use Policy(AUP) with regard to computer use. Any teacher wanting to use a wiki with his/her students should understand all the policies. A teacher should have students and parents sign the AUP and make sure they understand what it means. Many AUPs suggest to not list students’ first and last name for Web pages that are viewed by the public. Students also need to avoid statements or media that are libelous, or unethical (copyright violations and obscenity).
Technical Considerations Space allocations and bandwidth are a consideration when choosing the host for the wiki. There are many wiki hosts available for free on the internet. The problem is that many of them only offer 25 to 30MB of storage space. One wiki host does offer a special deal for teachers: site provides teachers with 2GB of Web space, the ability to make your site private if you choose, and no advertising on the site.

9. Preparing Students for Wikis
  • Determine that all students' AUPs are in place and up to date.
  • Inform parents of procedures and secure parental permission.
  • Teach students safe, acceptable, and sensible behavior as online authors and readers.
  • Review policies and guidelines pertaining to student access.
  • Teach the non-posting rules of no complete names, e-mail accounts, or references to reveal location.
  • Set clear expectations regarding tone, respect, and consequences.
10. What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 Tools: PollDaddy, TeacherTube, Flickr, Word of the Day RSS, PageFlakes, Voki
11. Web 2.0 Search Engine
12. List of Web 2.0 Tools for Educators & Cool Tools for Educators
13. Math Wikis
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14. English Wikis
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15. Go to wiki2collaborationstation
16. English Ideas
17. Math Ideas
18. Take a Wiki Walk
19. Benefits of a Wiki
20. Cool Ideas for any Classroom Wiki
My Wikis:
UPenn Upward Bound High School Wiki
UPenn Veterans Upward Bound Lit 200 Wiki
UPenn Veterans Upward Bound LangLab 200 Wiki
Mister Fritz's Classroom Wiki