Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Wikis used in education

How can you use a wiki in your classroom?

There are many ways to use wikis for educational purposes. A teacher could use a wiki for projects in their class. The teacher could also use a wiki as a form of communication to the students and parents. Teachers could collaborate easily with other teachers in their school, county, state, etc.

I think a teacher could also use a wiki to organize a field trip. The teacher could post important events that are occurring during the field trip. The teacher could also make a list of suggested items for the students to bring with them that day. The parents could access this information very easily as well. Then when the field trip is over the students could post information about their day. The students could each create their own wiki about their field trip day as well.

I teach a biography unit with my third grade students. A wiki would be a great way for my students to gather and publish their information. I also like the fact that anyone student in the class can add details or edit a classmates' wiki. The students would be able to read about every historical person studied in the class. I could assign the students to add two new facts to another students' wiki. If my students worked together with a partner then each student could have their own wiki, but each student could add information to their partner's page.

Wikis help get the parents involved. Parents could add and edit the students’ pages. This would be a great way to gather a lot of information quickly.


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