Saturday, March 7, 2009

How are you using your wiki?

I started thinking about the wiki and the collaborative possibilities that it really has.

I think we have all seen the power of the wiki from the size and success of Wikipedia. The question is... how can we harness the power of the wiki for our classrooms?

Here are just a few ideas that come to mind and I know that there are so many more.

  1. Have students 'write' the textbook for your course based on your daily lessons over the duration of the course.

  2. Have students deposit thoughts for group projects and agree on a final deliverable.

  3. Have students gather information from as many outside sources as possible.

  4. Have students contribute to a fun way of connecting content to everyday relevant things.

  5. Have students collect notes for absent students into the wiki.

To expand on number 4 just a bit further... I stumbled upon this idea one day about a month ago or so with my meteorology students. Somehow we got to talking about a particular song that made some references to the weather in it. It dawned on me that there were an awful lot of songs with weather and climate references in them. I decided to create a wiki and encouraged the students to add songs and artists to the wiki as they thought of them to see how big of a list we could get by the end of the semester. Periodically I will take a few minutes and play one from the list. People really connect to music and I thought this was just one way that students could get excited about what we are learning.

These ideas are just a tip to the iceberg. What types of activities do you have your students do using a wiki? What wiki site do you use?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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