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Using Wikispaces

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Derek Toth

on 3 September 2010

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Using Wikispaces Results Anatomy of a Wiki What is Wiki? Why use Wiki? A wiki enables communities to write documents collaboratively, using a simple markup language and a web browser. A single page in a wiki website is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire collection of pages, which are usually well interconnected by hyperlinks, is "the wiki". A wiki is essentially a database for creating, browsing, and searching through information. A wiki allows for non-linear, evolving, complex and networked text, argument and interaction.
A wiki is a collaborative web 2.0 tool. Unlike a website, the wiki does not have one, definitive author. Instead, all users may manipulate, contribute, and enhance information on the site. Cunningham and Leuf; The Wiki Way: Quick Collaboration on the Web (2001)
75% of Employers want workers to collaborate. "Are They Really Ready to Work?", Dec. 2006 tpack.org As educators of the 21st century learner, we need to combine our content, pedagogical, and technological knowledges. Examples Tips
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Random Thoughts I hear that Firefox is the best web browser to use.
Don't press the tab key when posting! I don't know why, but it will erase everything you write.
Encourage students to type their responses on Microsoft Word first and copy/paste the response into the post.
Only the creator of the wiki can delete posts, so remind the students to triple-check their responses before posting.
Have a minimum sentence requirement for each post. (I require 3 sentences for Reg; 4 sentences for GT)
Find a way to quickly grade participation.
When you have five classes with
200 or 300 discussion posts from each class, grading can be overwhelming. I suggest assigning a student to tally participation. But, if you're like me, you won't trust the kid and have to double-check his results anyway. Therefore, my remedy was to create a simple point system. Participation and work completion rose substantually. Quiet and reserved students in class were discussion leaders on some posts. A greater sense of community. I was able to monitor and encourage decorum in a digital discussion. Students' e-speak was positively affected. Student-facillitated discussions allowed ownership of ideas. Students are more invested in the curriculum. Flexible deadlines allowed for more student processing time resulting in richer and more developed conversations. Cultivated independence It may be a bit more prep work for you, but, by having a different wiki for each class, your students can have an easier collaborative experience. Just be prepared for a lot of copy/paste jobs. For more information or to sign up for an account,
email Julie Wray
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