Wiki While You Work: An Introduction to Wikis in Education

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Opening Questions:

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1. What is the Read/Write Web?

An Interactive Blackboard...?
Add your answers here!Multiple users able to share information and make changes to on-going collaborative documents
-- enables anyone to edit a page. coordinates the ideas of different people to create a document
--making the web your own
--not just reading, but creating new content
--a place to read and write collaboratively on the web
--A collaborative learning space.
--No clue, learning for classroom use.
--Don't know. I've never experienced it, although I've read wikipedia in the past.
It is the web I grew up with (well from 19 year old and on...) we could see and search but not really interact.
This is. Put simply, the read/write web is using the http protocol and www interfaces (such as a web browser) to not only disseminate static information, but also to allow (require?) each user to add their own information.
Simply put you read, think about your reading and interact some how by displaying your knowledge. You are required to interact.
--Interactive websites that allow people to exchange information, respond, and dialogue; rather than static reading of a posted page.
It is a Web that includes online applications, like Flickr and Writely.
---2nd gen web - 1st was more passive, user reads webpages to use information, 2nd (read/write) is interactive, user reads and writes to both gather and share information, opinion, perspective --- just like we are doing here.
Web 2.0!! Where we go from following links and reading information to INTERACTION!
It is an open-classroom-online ( for those who remember open classrooms).
I'll take Web 2.0 for $500, Mark.
I would say, as the name implies, it is the web that not only allows reading but writing as well. (I do remember open open classrooms)
- web space where the majortiy of content is user contributed.
It's a change from the old web that presented information for us to consumer to easy to use systems that allow the users to become producers of information.
-I didn't know but I read all of the answers above and now I think I know (at least better than I did.)
-It enables web users to not only be a passive reader, but an active writing participant
-Web2.0 aka "User generated content" the biggest impact of user generated content are wikipedia (editable) and myspace (networking, blogging and "sharing"), new revolution is the "web democracy" shown at the latest issue about the HD-DVD "crack" when users forced to stay uncensored PS: Web1.0 was the old internet until approximately 2002 (search, read and look, receive information) Web2.0 is now receive AND send information
-I think it is refers to new web technologies starting with the blog, including wikis and social networking. These technologies make the web interactive, ie the user can add content in the form of a response to a post or their own post eg own blog post. They can edit the page as we am doing here. The read/write web is anothe name for Web 2.0. These applications tend to store content in a database rather than in a flat html file. (Does it matter that I wasn't at the workshop? I'm in Brisbane, Australila, and happened upon this site while researching wikis in education).
- I just tuned into the conference and am trying to catch up on last weeks goodies :) Read/Write Web is all about interactive communication, collaboration and creation. I too knew the web when it was only read information and follow links. I wanted to be one who could add my stuff to the world wide highway, so I learned html so I could be contributor. WOW how far things have come!
- I don't know...I think it might have to do with blogs and wikis.
- I would say it is the ability for Internet users to create and edit content in a collaborative nature.
- A good way to keep my inbox clean.
I'm hoping this tutorial will tell me
- I'm new to all this but I think it's being able to respond back to what you just read online.
-you can comment
-you can consume and create the material
2. What is a wiki? Add your answers here!Collaborative, shared documents.
-- I'm still not sure. it seems very confusing to me- lots of jumbled information, not always organized well. Also don't understand who can edit or see it- what are the different levels of membership and what rights go along with them?
--a place to work with others
--working at a "table" with a group of people to accomplish a task
--place where you can collaborate with the rest of the community that is you are a part of
--no clue, but i am learning. It is a tool for sharing information. Our tech teacher LOVES wikipedia! In fact, he has it saved on his pda and reads random articles to me when I least expect . . I suppose it's an encylcopedia that anyone can edit. Something that my tech person says I need to know about because it is so exciting. I don't really know. That is why I am here A wiki is a type of web page where anyone (or any member) can add, delete, or edit the content. This is as opposed to a blog, where only the author has rights to edit or delete content, and other users are restricted to commenting. What I Know Is-love those acronyms. A place where a group of people can interact together. --A web page that can be altered by the readers as well as the originator. A page that can be edited by users anywhere in the world. --- I like to think of it as creating instant webpages - or - a place to collaborate on a topic by write interactively -- like here. A wiki is a special type of website which is edited, corrected and embellished by a community of users. Some wikis will require a login or registration, many do not. A wiki is a web forum (could be beaucoup de pages, I reckon) that allows the masses, or a select group of the masses, to edit it. I think. This is a wiki! A collaborative 4 dimensional webpage of text, images, sound, ideas, conversation etc.! A wiki is a website or similar online resource which allows users to add and edit content collectively I would agree with all of the above.h%h, and by the way "wiki" means "fast" in Hawaiian. (did I spell that correctly?) -A page that permits collaborative efforts of data/research effort. -First it only contains information in the Wikipedia style. Second it is interactive and allows user to add new information and correct false pieces --Yet another pre-packaged array of web-based services--similar to, but not identical to, blogs, bulletin boards, and other content-management systems. -A site that allows users to edit pages, and keeps a history of those edits. -a page on the web anyone can add to or otherwise modify - It scares some people...
- I think it is a place where people write read and edit thoughts and information.
-- a collaborative learning space
  • I think it's a digital collage.
  • interactive communication tool
  • community can take part and describe a topic
  • online notice board
  • lab report
  • coordinate assignments and assessments
  • grade level wiki
  • recieve student input and hypotheses to solve problems
  • A way to interact with community members
A wiki is an on-line tool that allows people to share their work, contribute, and edit the project as needed. The wiki creator can allow people to contribute to the wiki page or can have it be a read alone resource.
- A wiki is a web site that allows multiple users to create content around a specific topic.
-A blog where everyone who is invited can write something.
-A page that everybody can contribute their thoughts and ideas?? I guess. :-)
-collaboratively authored text
-An interactive Blackboard, within schools it allow students to respond to instructor's questions while learning and interacting with peers. Instructors can grade and respond to students' inputs/answers/journals.

3. What do these things mean to you and your students?

Add your answers here!I'm still learning!
-- I hope I can use a wiki to engage my students in a more meaningful way. It will be a challenge and I need to think more deeply about how I might be able to use a wiki or if it even will work for me. I am an early elementary math teacher, so it's not at all obvious how I might use it.
--A new way to learn and live
Not sure, but it could make things more interesting. I hope it doesn't take a lot of work.
Again, learning to teach my inner-city kids, they have no clue either, I am also listening to workshop.
I don't know. That's why I'm listening to the wikiwhileyouworkworkshop. I'm new at this. Shouldn't I answer these questions AFTER the seminar?
It means more authentic, interactive learning for students.
It means it is going to change the way I teach!
This is the challenge! A wiki could be a long-term forum, an archivable and searchable discussion amongst the members of the classroom - teacher and students. Since anyone can add content, students may expand on topics as they see fit, and teachers may guide the discussion without imposing their own structure on the conversation.
--Since I teach students in classroom and online environments, it means I could set up interactive meeting place for all of us --sort of a class commons--for extension of discussions, exploring topics slightly "off" the main classroom topics but important to us, share work samples, resources or findings among students who would not get to physically connect with each other. Also opens the possibility of inviting others from around the world into our classroom as guests or participants.
I think school will be a lot more exciting for many of our students.
--- students want to be an active part of life and being able to express their feelings to others who will listen is a great motivator. This opens their ability to truly interact with others who have similar interests (even if for a day) as them.
Not much yet, but I'm trying to change that!
It%llll be easier to interface with than a blog, it will entice them and help me engage them.
I just don't know. What it means in reference to learning, as in all curriculum tools, depends on how the student engages.
That is the $65,000 question - and why I'm watching your video.
I think it will motivate them a lot more because they will be active participants in their own learning.
For me, an opportunity to use tools that interest students to create collaborative projects. For students, without direction, a chance to use Wikipedia.
-great opportunity to quickly gather information, on the other hand a great chance that false information spread easily
--Nothing. Without more direct oversight of who's editing and who's posting, I wouldn't introduce them in my classroom. It's too open for abuse.
-I think it opens the possiblity for new kinds of collaboration, in the classroom for small and large groups, and in the administration of the school.
-It forces them to become critical thinkers in action and reaction
-That's why I'm taking this class... want to know what it all means to my classroom.
-- a chance to learn how to work together on meaningful projects
- It means that students have the ability to share and collaborate with others in a method that is not traditional in nature.
- It is a way to do projects as a group.
-I'm a homeschooler of three young children, eventually though, I think I could see this as a way to help me keep up with my older students' work.

4. What... is the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow?

Add your answers here!Depends on the prevailing winds.\\

--hehehe ☺
I don't know????
--have to ask the bio teacher!
I'm more interested in one that is carrying a coconut.
It depends on the purpose of the flight.
African or European?
I don't know but there are some pretty vicious bunnies about!
"average cruising airspeed velocity of an unladen European Swallow is roughly 11 meters per second, or 24 miles an hour" quoted from **** p.s. Why do we want to know?
I don't know, . . . aaaaahhhhhhhh!!!
Ok, now don't skip ahead... too late, isn't it?
I'll get my physics teacher and his students to work on that.
I guess it realy depends on if it's before or after it's been cooked....
It depends on what is waiting for them in Capistrano.
I have no idea - but this question came up during the bus ride from Bristol Mtn. Ski Resort back to the hotel in Canandaigua, NY on 2/24/07. So I am also confused. Is this THE question of the year?
Faster than the nose dive of a peliated dragonfly perhaps?
Don't know, but I could look it up.
-shooooooot, should I go back in K12 and learn :-)
Ah. The Holy Grail...
It only matters to those who care.
-- wow, I should have seen that one coming!
- Pretty Fast! :-)
-It depends upon what is his(or her) quest and what is his (or her) favorite color.
-Can I look to wikipedia for this? Der-don't know!

That Thing I Wrote in Bed:

So... I'm writing this from my bed, in my robe, as I film the presentation. How'd you like that shot?
I agree! Nice blue! We have that in the guest room, but plan to paint it a lighter green. That's going to take quite a few coats!
I like the color of your room! What a nice blue!
The room looks very peaceful!
The decorator in your house is unafraid of dark colors; I like it!
Where I do 80% of my after hours work!
Did you use a tripod?
Tech Tip: Edit the volume levels of your videos for consistency. Thanks.
Very cool!
Nice Computer! The only one to buy! :-)
Pretty cute!

Presentation Notes:

Recording and editing video to deliver a presentation is time consuming! Any help collecting and sharing the links I mention during the presentation will be appreciated. Otherwise, I'll be back to do that... but feel free to pitch-in in the meantime!
Your contribution here!
TechTIPS (Technology Integration Projects for Grades K-3)
hmtech (Technology Integration Ideas for using Houghton Mifflin in the K-3 Classroom) by E. Wagner
Aristotle Experiment (Secondary) by David James Conlay, Estancia High School

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