Hattie Deraps, alternative education teacher at MT. Blue, comments on her use of the wiki for her students ...
"I've used my classroom wiki this year as a place where students and parents can go to find materials, links, and samples of student work. I've found that this wiki is a great place for storage of materials and that it works well with my classroom blog. I can ask students to read a description of what we're doing in class and then they can go to the wiki to view sample products and open blank documents. This eliminates the need for a lot of paper and it makes it easier for students to store work and materials on their laptops.
...and her colleagues.
If you think you might be able to use wikis in your classroom, here is a link to video tutorials wiki spaces has provided for teachers to help them learn to use wikis. They are simple to follow and teacher friendly. Remember, wiki spaces are free and access to them can be monitored.
Teachers First is also offering tutorials once we return from vacation. Here is the information you need if you are interested.
OK2Ask 2010 plans: a January doubleheader
January's offering from OK2Ask, TeachersFirst's series of free online "snack sessions" for teacher professional development and exploration, is a Guided Wiki Walk, a two-meeting offering to kick-start your own class wiki. Read the description (pdf) and pre-register now - but be sure to mark your new 2010 calendar. We cannot chase you in the January snow.
Guided Wiki Walk: Step by step to create your own classroom wiki
Thursday January 14 and 28, 4:00-5:15 pm EST BOTH days or
Thursday January 14 and 28, 7:00- 8:15 pm EST BOTH days
Choose one or the other or both! Enjoy!