UNIT 3: How are Wikis currently being used effectively in teaching and learning?
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How are Wikis currently being used (in the field of education)?
Wikis are being used across discipline areas from business to social forums. However, my interest with wikis for this mini course revolves around their use in the field of education. Wikis can and have transformed the teaching and learning process. From school newspapers and research projects, to language learning and journaling there are a variety of innovative ways educators have already implemented wikis. I think it is important to note that wikis can be successful in both face to face classrooms and online environments. There is a rich resource full of creative and innovative ideas for wiki use in the classroom. Wetpaint Wiki is a site that you should navigate through in an effort to see the contributions educators like yourself made on how they are using wikis in the classroom. Don't forget to hit the back browser to return to this page!
Furthermore, many educators have shared their success via the internet/ youtube. To "see" the wiki way in action check out the following ways in which wikis are innovative teaching and learning tools:
- For Group Work:
The following video will introduce you to the benefits of using a wiki for group work. In this video, the participants share how they use wikis to facilitate effective group work for face to face and online teaching and learning.
Click here to view the video. Please remember to hit the back browser to return to this page and continue the course.
- For Enhanced Peer Communication:
The following video demonstrates a group of ninth graders who access their English course's wiki the moment they step into the room. It is fascinating to see how involved a group of students can be in conversing about poetry and such via their wiki. Their notes are visible to their peers and commented on by peers as well. How much authentic conversation might be initiated in a typical ninth grade classroom by raising hands? Through a wiki, students make notes, see what their peers are thinking and saying, and can add to one another's notes. This, in essence, is knowledge construction.
Click here to review this group of ninth graders explore poetry with a wiki based course.
- For a New Kind of Hands-On Learning:
Practical learning is certainly at the forefront of education. What is learning? It seems as if it is a fairly easy question but when you really address "learning" you need to dig deeper. Through my most recent coursework I have defined learning as a "change in state". When we have real practice, experience, we learn. When we are able to create, we learn. Hence, hands-on bring learning to its effective state. Wikis offer a new kind of "hands-on learning" in this technology rich world. Technology fosters learning through programs and forums such as wikis because one has to create, manipulate, change, address, and practice-- thus, LEARN. Click Here] to read more about how wise wiki use gives young students practice and experience via hands-on learning. Don't forget to hit the back browser after reading the article.
- Collaboration among Faculty:
Wikis allow for easy and practical note-taking and idea sharing among faculty. Not only is a wiki an obvious place to compile information, wikis allow for notations, comments, and further collaboration, post meeting. Furthermore, the meeting notes remain on record to review at a later date for ongoing faculty input.
- E-Portfolios or Wiki-Folios:
Artifacts can be shared via a wiki as well. The wiki itself can be used as a presentation tool and embedded within the wiki-folio could be powerpoints, and other artifacts to share with professionals.
Are you ready to start your very own educational wiki?
How are you planning on using wikis to support your teaching and learning? Will it be predominantly for your own research? Will it be with your peers for collaborative efforts? Will it be with your students?
Whatever way you decide to launch into the wiki world, it will be an exciting practice.
If interested in experimenting with creating your own wiki you may choose a variety of wiki places. Remember, THIS is a wiki! You can begin right here, with KNILT. KNILT is an open learning network created FOR teachers BY teachers. If you are interested in beginning another way, feel free to explore WetPaint.
Please click Here and let WetPaint (a leader in the field) get you started.
Finally, wikispaces.com might be for you as well. Click here to start your own wiki using wikispaces.com
You have completed this unit on teaching and learning with wikis. Please return to the K-W-L Chart now, and periodically so that you can see how your knowledge of wikis (and others) has evolved. Through the process of recording our learning, often reflection is best achieved. Furthermore, it is through the information on the 'Learn' part of the chart that I will assess if the objectives of this course were met.
Thank you for your participation!
Feel free to provide me with feedback via the "discussion" feature (above) on this page and on any other page in this wiki mini course.