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Why Wiki in Education?
Transcript of Why Wiki in Education?
Students need to communicate at higher levels, as this will lead to collaboration, creativity, deeper understanding, and higher test scores. Development Commercialization: The website Wikipedia, a free content encyclopedia, was launched in January 2001, and quickly became the most popular wiki, which it remains to this day. Its meteoric rise in popularity played a large part in introducing wikis to the general public. Compatability:
Issues have been raised with the compatipility of wikis with privacy needs and network security. Wikipedia is perceived by many people in education as too unregulated to be reliable. This has had a large negative impact on diffusion. Observability:
This attribute is variable depending on the users preferences. Wikis privacy settings allow for different degrees of visiability from completely private to open for anyone to see and edit. Complexity: Attributes of Innovations
Relative Advantage: (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr Research Utilization The first wiki, or user-editable website, launched on 25 March 1995 by Ward Cunningham as part of the Portland Pattern Repository. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiWikiWeb "The concept was based on the ideas developed in HyperCard stacks that Cunningham built in the late 1980s" (Wikipedia, 2011). RESEARCH http://www.google.com/trends?q=%28blog+%7C+blogs%29+%2C+%28wiki+%7C+wikis%29&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0 http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/doi/10.1109/HICSS.2008.10 UTILIZATION
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr Centralized vs. Decentralized "High degree of user control over these key decisions means that a decentralized diffusion system is geared closely to local needs." (Rogers, 2003, p. 308). High School Principal
These people have wide reaching personal networks that encompass at least 75% of the total staff. Key Change Agents Critical Mass was reached in 2004. http://www.hughesmarino.com/resources/steelcase-how-the-workplace-can-improve-collaboration/ "Seven “roles” for a change agent:
(1) to develop a need for change on the part of clients,
(2) to establish an information-exchange relationship,
(3) to diagnose problems,
(4) to create an intent to change in the client,
(5) to translate intentions into actions,
(6) to stabilize adoption and prevent discontinuance, and (7) to achieve a terminal relationship with clients" (Rogers, 2003). "Tools, such as wikis, that allow learners to work together in
writing a document or creating a story help students to master collaboration and writing skills, which will transfer to a challenging and dynamic workplace" (West, 2009, p. 126). This is the answer to the question....
Wikis Blogs Trailability:
Wikis are free online programs. With no costs to schools and no software to download, it is easy for teachers to try this innovation on a limited basis.