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Web 2.0 and Wikis in Education
This page was created to support the CFF Summer Virtual Camps in Pennsylvania during the summer of 2010.

Session Dates/Times:

Number of Sessions: 5

Information for accessing the webinar is provided below:

Please arrive early to test your connection and to ensure you are admitted prior to the start time. The webinar will be active approximately 30 minutes prior to the start time. If this is your first webinar with us, please do not arrive at the last minute - plan to log on a full 30 minutes prior to the start time in order to test your connection.

Contact:
Mark Wagner: mark@edtechlife.com or 949-639-9743
Instructor: Chris Bell : chrisbell619@gmail.com or 714-512-2355


Objectives: Develop expertise in using Web 2.0 tools in general and wikis specifically in the classroom to enhance the learning process.

Syllabus:




Session 1: An Introduction to Web 2.0 and Wikis in Education

Week 1 Slides
Week 1 Recordings

Welcome and Introductions

The Read-Only Web
  • Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
  • Information moves from publishers to consumers
  • Information cannot be edited
  • The One-Way Web
  • Web 1.0

The Read/Write Web
  • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
  • Anyone can publish, share, and change information
  • Two-Way Web
  • Web 2.0
  • This is changing our world!

Wikis
  • Websites anyone can edit.
  • If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki!
  • Visitors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions.
  • Visitors can discuss the page in a threaded forum.

Educational Uses of Wikis

  • Collaboratively Authored Class Texts
  • Writing Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Sharing Resources
  • Grade Level Teams
  • Subject Area Teams
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
  • Accreditation self-studies
  • ePortfolios
  • Clubs, PTAs, and events
  • Student research projects
  • Publish course resources
  • Knowledge base
  • Mapping of concepts, brainstorming
  • Presentation tools

Examples of Wikis

High School Wikis


Projects & Professional Development Wikis

More On Educational Wikis

Session 1 Activity
  • Locate three educational wikis relevant to your work. You might start with the more examples link above or with a Google search.
  • Evaluate each wiki based on the following criteria:
    1. What is a basic description of this wiki? Include such elements as grade level, subject area, or other educational purpose.
    2. Who is the intended audience for the wiki and what would they get out of it?
    3. Who are the intended contributors for the wiki and what would they contribute?
    4. How does this wiki accomplish something that only a wiki can accomplish? Or, what other websites or media could be used to accomplish the same thing?
    5. Is this a model you could implement in your own work? If so, how? If not, how might you change it for your own use?
  • Click on "discussion" above to post your evaluations in the discussion area. Be sure the subject of your post is "Session 1 - Lastname, Firstname"
  • Explore your classmate's evaluations. Post a reply to three classmates posts.

Final Proof-of-Concept Projects (Begin Week 2 - DUE Week 5)

Each participant will create a wiki that addresses a curricular standard or other professional purpose. The final product will serve as a model of something teachers and/or students would use. Ideally, it will also be something the participant will actually implement. Final projects will be shared with the entire class.



Session 2: Create, Edit, and Customize Your Wiki


Week 2 Slides

Week 2 Recordings

Welcome Activity
  • What was your biggest "ah ha!" moment as you explored other educational wikis?
  • What is the biggest question you have after exploring other educational wikis?
  • And what do you most want to accomplish with your own wiki?

Oranizing Your Wiki - Examples and Questions

  • Questions to consider:
    • The questions in the session 1 activity above. ;)
    • How much material do you want on a page and when should you create a new page? (Or how much should your users have to scroll? You might consider the table of contents feature too.)
    • Which pages should appear in the navigation, and which should only appear as links on a new page?
    • Who will have permission to edit your site?
    • How will you use the discussion feature?
    • Would a blog, Google Doc, or Moodle classroom be better suited to what you're trying to do? (Or how is this uniquely appropriate for a wiki?)


Create Your Own Wiki with Wikispaces.com (A Walkthrough)

Reflection Activity:
  • What feature (or organizational tip) are you most excited about implementing on your wiki?
  • What questions do you still have about creating your own wiki?

Session 2 Activity:
  • Create your own wiki. This can serve as the beginning of your proof-of-concept project (see below).
  • Post a link to your wiki in the "discussion" tab above using the subject "Session 2 - Lastname, Firstname." (Be sure to include the http so that the link is "hot" when others read your post.)
  • Evaluate three wikis created by your classmates. Reply to their post with your evaluation. Please include the following in your evaluation:
    1. An element of praise for the wiki your colleague has created.
    2. A question about the wiki (or how it will be used).
    3. A suggestion for potentially improving the wiki (or for how it might be used).
  • Read what others have written about your wiki - and respond to their questions. ;)
  • Note: You might need to revisit the discussion tab two or three times during the week to fully participate in and benefit from this discussion.

Final Proof-of-Concept Projects (Begin Week 2 - DUE Week 5)

Each participant will create a wiki that addresses a curricular standard or other professional purpose. The final product will serve as a model of something teachers and/or students would use. Ideally, it will also be something the participant will actually implement. Final projects will be shared with the entire class.



Session 3: Integrate Other Tools With Your Wiki



Week 3 Recordings


Welcome Activity
  • What was your biggest success as you created your own wiki?
  • What is your biggest question after going through the process - and "playing" with wikispaces a bit?
  • Has your vision for how you will use your own wiki changed?

Questions from Session 2 Discussion
  • Creating Tables
    • Example
    • Answer: While editing the page, click on "Insert Table" and select the number of rows and columns. Then click in an individual cell to add text, images, or other content. The table will automatically resize and remain well-aligned.









  • Starting a Discussion Thread
    • Discussion
    • Answer: Each page has a series of tabs which also includes a discussion tab that can be used for a discussion. To start a new discussion, just click the tab and post your question.
  • Managing Navigation
    • Discussion
    • Answer: Your default navigation bar contains a Page List widget that lists the first ten pages of your wiki in alphabetical order. If you decide that you want to arrange it differently, you can click the Edit Navigation link and delete the blue Page List widget. Then you can edit the navigation bar just like you would edit a wiki page to add links and explanatory text. If you need assistance, our video tours will show you how to edit a page.

      If you want to get your default navigation back, click the widget tool in the editor bar (it looks like a little TV) then click Wikispaces, then List of Wiki Pages.
  • Upload file (image or document)

Embedding Content and Integrating With Other Tools
  • Images and Files
    • While editing a page, place your cursor where you want the image to appear.
    • Then click "Insert Images and Files" (which looks like a picture in a frame).
    • Select the file you want to insert, upload it, and then double click on the thumbnail of the image (or file) to make it appear on the page.
  • Embed Other Media
    • While editing a page, place your cursor where you want the media to appear.
    • Then click on the "embed widget" (which looks like a TV).
    • Navigate to the type of media you want to embed (for specific instructions), or else choose other.
    • Paste in the embed code provided by the service you are trying to embed, and then click save.
  • Demonstrations of Embedding Specific Media
  • RSS Feeds
  • Blogs
  • Other Web Tools (Including Requests, Time Permitting)
  • Note: Wikispaces help files may also be helpful, but are sometimes out-of-date compared to the latest version of the service. This workshop wiki may be out of date soon as well. Your best technical support is to "play" with wikispaces.

Screencasts From This Week



  • Embed




Blogs, Wikis, Docs: Which Tool Is Right For Your Lesson?

Reflection Activity
  • What content (or tool) are you most excited about embedding in your own wiki?
  • What questions do you still have about embedding content or connecting your wiki to other tools?

Session 3 Activity
  • Enhance your own wiki by embedding at least three kinds of content. (Note: This may be used as part of your "proof-of-concept" project.)
  • Post a link to your wiki in the "discussion" tab above using the subject "Session 3 - Lastname, Firstname." Be sure to include the http so that the link is "hot" when others read your post - and be sure to let us know the following:
    • What three things did you embed?
    • Were there any challenges? (And if so how did you overcome them - or what questions do you still have.)
    • Is there any other advice you have for your colleagues attempting to do the same thing?
  • View and evaluate the content embedded by at least three of your classmates. Reply to their post with your evaluation.
  • Please include the following in your evaluation:
    • Your assessment of how effective the embedded content might be.
    • A question about what they embedded or how they embedded it.
    • A suggestion for potentially improving the embedded content (or for how it might be used).
  • Read what others have written about your wiki - and respond to their questions. ;)
  • Note: You might need to revisit the discussion tab two or three times during the week to fully participate in and benefit from this discussion.

Final Proof-of-Concept Projects (Begin Week 2 - DUE Week 5)

Each participant will create a wiki that addresses a curricular standard or other professional purpose. The final product will serve as a model of something teachers and/or students would use. Ideally, it will also be something the participant will actually implement. Final projects will be shared with the entire class.



Session 4: Obstacles, Implementation, and Next Steps


Recordings
Audio & Video
Chat Log

Welcome Activity

Using Wikis For...
  • Engaging Students
    • Multi-media: Embed Audio, Video, and More! (Review: Embed Videos Directly into Wikispaces with "Insert Images and Files")
    • Participatory: "Edit This Page" and Discussions (Consider challenges and contests!)
    • Authentic Audience and Purpose
    • Self-Expression (Example: a student lounge for students to post anything they want)
  • Differentiated/Personalized Learning
    • Multi-Media (and other reasons listed above)
    • Meaningful Participation
      • Can come in many forms... writing, editing, embedding, discussing...
      • And in any amount... from one word to many pages.
    • Advantages of Online Participation
      • Everyone can participate... as many times as they like.
      • Provides more time for students to think critically before responding. Students can consider and compose their responses.
      • There is plenty of "wait time" and students can work in a comfortable environment.
      • Students who may not normally participate will often blossom in an online environment.
    • Scaffolding: Everything from setting up blank pages and providing links to resources... to actually providing content for students to edit.
    • Students can have their own wikis (or pages on the class wiki)... and assignments can be offered at different ability (or interest) levels.
    • Embed Quizes (Using Google Forms)
    • Formative Assessment: See the revision history or discussion tab.
    • Reflection: Students can write about their experience using the wiki. (They might even blog about it... or just write on their own reflection page.)

Potential Obstacles and Potential Solutions

More Cool Features
  • Templates: Create time saving templates! (Useful for creating many similar student or group pages.)
  • Setting Permissions By Page (Useful for having locked "teacher" pages and unlocked "student" pages.)
  • Domain Name (Change your URL to something better - shorter or more meaningful.)
  • Wiki Info (Change the title and description of your wiki to something better... and select an appropriate license.)
  • Notifications (Set notifications to save time and stay in the know. Increase your "withitness".)
  • Badges (Get the word out - promote your wiki.)
  • Exports (Backup Your Wiki!)
  • Review/Questions

More Resources

Reflection Activity
  • How has your answer to the following questions changed after this session...
  • Where do you want your use of wikis to be in a year?
  • What do you need to do today to start down that road?

Session 4 Activity
  • Evaluate your own wiki for potential obstacles or concerns. Identify at least three.
  • Alter your wiki - or add content (such as permission slips) - to address the obstacles or concerns you identified.
  • Post a link to your wiki in the "discussion" tab above using the subject "Session 4 - Lastname, Firstname." Be sure to include the http so that the link is "hot" when others read your post - and be sure to let us know the following:
    • What three obstacles or concerns did you identify?
    • How did you alter your wiki - or add content - in order to address the obstacles or concerns.
    • Are there any additional changes you still want to make?
  • Reply to three of your colleagues' posts. Please include the following in your response:
    1. An element of praise for the changes they implemented.
    2. A question or "heads-up" about other potential issues... and/or an additional or alternative solution.
  • Read what others have written about your wiki - and respond to their questions and suggestions. ;)
  • Note: You might need to revisit the discussion tab two or three times during the week to fully participate in and benefit from this discussion.

Final Proof-of-Concept Projects (Begin Week 2 - DUE Week 5)

Each participant will create a wiki that addresses a curricular standard or other professional purpose. The final product will serve as a model of something teachers and/or students would use. Ideally, it will also be something the participant will actually implement. Final projects will be shared with the entire class.



Session 5: Sharing of Final "Proof-of-Concept" Projects


Each participant will create a wiki that addresses a curricular standard or other professional purpose. The final product will serve as a model of something teachers and/or students would use. Ideally, it will also be something the participant will actually implement. Final projects will be shared with the entire class.

During session 5, each participant will share their final "proof-of-concept" project. This can be done via audio in DimDim if the participant has a working microphone connected to their computer. If no mic is available, the text chat within DimDim can be used.

Be prepared to share answers to the following eight questions during the session:
  1. What is the URL of your wiki?
  2. What is a basic description of this wiki? Include such elements as grade level, subject area, or other educational purpose.
  3. Who is the intended audience for the wiki and what would they get out of it?
  4. Who are the intended contributors for the wiki and what would they contribute?
  5. What multi-media have you integrated into the wiki?
  6. What other tools have you integrated into the wiki?
  7. What is one obstacle or issue you anticipated and how have you addressed it?
  8. What future plans do you have for your wiki?

Also, be prepared to share some feedback on your colleague's wikis as well. Feedback might include the following:
  • An element of praise for the wiki your colleague has created.
  • A question about the wiki (or how it will be used).
  • A suggestion for potentially improving the wiki (or for how it might be used)


Session 5 Activity:

Please create a new post in the "discussion" using the subject "Session 5 - Lastname, Firstname." Include your answers to the eight questions above.



Additional Resources


Ways to Use Wikis in Education (Wiki in Education) http://www.wikiineducation.com/display/ikiw/Ways+to+use+wiki+in+education
Current and Potential Uses of Wikis (from North Carolina State University) http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/index.php/Current_and_Potential_Uses_of_Wikis_in_the_Teaching_of_Writing
Wiki Rules and Guidelines (North Carolina State University) http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/index.php/Wikitiquette
Advantages of Wikis** (North Carolina State University) http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/index.php/Wikis_in_Writing_Education_Research#Advantages_of_Wikis

More from Dan McDowell (2009):
http://sites.google.com/site/ clms2009technology
http://wikiadventures. wikispaces.com

More on Wikis from Erica Hartman

Please feel free to add more resources. :)