I teach at an online school and plan on implementing wiki's in my 4 courses next year. Im wondering if anyone has examples of effective use of wiki's in their courses. Even non-effective uses would help.
Interesting! Thank you. I want to start with a wiki for writing exercises and paper writing and one for reading art (artistic 'answers' from readers on books, literature, poetry, lyrics, strips and their makers). Just like Cory Plough I need examples and inspiration. I'll explore the sites you and Classroom-members gave up. I visited already Wikikids, a great project http://kennisnet.wikia.com/wikikids/wiki/Hoofdpagina in the Netherlands - a children's wikipedia (for and by children). And the wiki of Elke Das (also in The Netherlands, http://elke.wikispaces.com. Elke has much experience with wiki in her classroom.
We have been using Wikis in my gradutate courses as a way of tackling group projects. Our Wikis are set up as a place where we can share ideas, research, and generate documents so everyone can make changes to them. We find it cuts down on the amount of time we have to meet with each other, and saves on inbox clutter.
I don't personally have an example of an effective use of a wiki. But, I'm teaching a graduate course in the fall on organizational development and Web 2.0. I'm planning on having my students develop a wiki of Web 2.0, in which they explain X number of Web 2.0 applications and explain how they could support organizational development. I'm hoping that this could be a real resource.
Wiki - I like wikispaces. It’s free for teachers and simple to use. It doesn’t have a lot of formatting features but it gets the job done. I heard a presentation given by Adam Frey (the founder of wikispaces) at NECC on EdTechLive. It’s great to hear how wikispaces is trying to meet the needs of teachers and improve their product.You use wikis for any type of document that you want several people to access and edit. I have used them with my students when groups are planning and organizing projects - that way everyone can add their comments or easily participate. Here is a simple video from The Common Craft Show that will explain the basics of how wikis work.
Wikis aren’t just for planning. They can be the platform for classroom projects too. Let’s say that each student has chosen a specific topic in class. An easy way to share information is to place each project on a wiki and have every student’s project linked on the side navigation bar. This will encourage students to view each other’s work and even add comments if the pages are open for editing (peer review). I’ve heard of other teachers using wikis for cross-class collaboration - like the Flat Classroom project.
Wikis are great for staff development. By encouraging teachers to share their knowledge by using a wiki - you are helping to foster a community of practice where sharing is the standard and knowledge management is well organized and expected. Don’t just place a lot of links - document class/school procedures, share tips, collaborate on curriculum planning, plan staff parties, outlinefor staff development and more!
I teach a grad class on Emerging Technologies and the closing activity is students have to create Wikis on a new technology. The School Computing Wiki has kindly allowed me to keep the Wikis here - go to Emerging Technologies and GRAT 548 to see the Wikis http://schoolcomputing.wikia.com/wiki/School_Computing_Home_Page