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& technology integration
– international collaborative project
This is an example of students using wiki pages to create test reviews -
. Follow the next link to read about how Vicki A. Davis created this project.
50 Ways to use a wiki to make your classroom more collaborative and interactive -
Wiki in Plain English
- Grade 5 Project example to Collaborate
Post instructions, manuals, glossaries
For a class or group project
For a letter or statement presented on behalf of a class.
For any project not requiring one responsible author.
To allow students to collaborate online.
As a group research project.
To manage school and classroom documents.
For writing purposes such as student-created books and journaling.
As a classroom discussion and debate area.
As a place to aggregate web resources
To collaborate with another class in your same district or in another state/country.
As a presentation tool that alllows those who participate in the training to contribute to future versions of the workshop.
As a medium for students to organize and present their work or research.
1. Have an acceptable use policy and review the expectations.
2. Create an Assessment (rubric0
3. Teachers must moderate and contribute. They can add content or make suggestions.
4.. Designate roles and a task
5. Create a Goal
6. Promote the goals of collaboration - Working together
The following List was Taken From:
50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom
Wikis are an exceptionally useful tool for getting students more involved in curriculum. They’re often appealing and fun for students to use, while at the same time ideal for encouraging participation, collaboration, and interaction. Read on to see how you can put wikis to work in your classroom.
Using these ideas, your students can collaboratively create classroom valuables.
Virtual field trips
: Have your students research far away places they would like to go on a field trip, and get them to share images and information about the location.
: Instead of using traditional presentation software, put presentations on a wiki.
Write a Wikibook
: Make it a class project to collaboratively write a reference book that others can use.
: Ask students to create study guides for a specific part of the unit you’re studying.
: Have your students create readers’ guides to share their favorite and most important parts of works you’ve read in class.
: Post difficult math problems, such as calculus, so that the class can collaboratively solve them.
: Get your class to create a glossary of terms they use and learn about in new units, adding definitions and images.
: Ask your class to create an "encyclopedia" on a topic, adding useful information that can be built upon through the years.
Create exploratory projects
: If you’re teaching a new subject, ask your students to collect and share information in the wiki so that you can learn together.
These projects are sure to get your students involved.
: Encourage students to share review notes and other helpful pieces of information on your classroom’s wiki.
: Allow students to draft their papers in a wiki, then ask other students to comment it.
: Assign portfolio pages to each of your students, and allow them to display and discuss their work.
: You can post a document riddled with mistakes, then have students compete to see who can fix the most errors fastest.
: Ask students to edit each others’ work for spelling, grammar, and facts based on a style guide or rules you’ve defined.
: Encourage students to submit words that they had trouble with, along with a dictionary entry.
: Ask students to post comments on wiki pages.
: Let your students share their collective information so that everyone gets a better understanding of the subject.
Allow wikis to facilitate group work by using these ideas.
: By asking groups to use central documents in a wiki, you can ensure that everyone’s documentation will be uniform.
: Have your students create a history timeline using Grandmas as units of time.
: Allow group members to post their ideas in a wiki, and you’ll cut down on duplicate ideas, while at the same time allowing them to build upon the ideas.
: Start fan clubs for your students’ favorite figures from history and ask them to contribute their favorite quotes, photos, and other tidbits together.
: With wikis, it’s easy for students to see which tasks have been completed and which ones still need to be fulfilled.
: Assign a wiki page to a group project, and then individual pages for each student to show their participation.
Get your students to work together on these projects.
: Use central documents to make sure that data collection is uniform and easy to manage.
: Pit two class candidates against each other and perform a debate on your wiki.
Study buddy matching
: Let students match themselves up into study buddy pairs.
: Start a creative writing unit, and get your students to write a short story together, each writing a small amount of the story.
Choose your own adventure story
: A twist on the multi-author story could be a choose your own adventure story, where each student branches out into a different path.
: Post articles for different movies, books, and TV shows, encouraging students to share what they though about them.
: Host a book club on your wiki where students are required to read the same book, then discuss it on the wiki.
For the Classroom
Use your wiki to create spaces that are special to your class.
: Make it a class project to create an FAQ for your classroom that will help new students and those that will come in years later.
: Share news, photos, and current achievements in your classroom on a wiki page.
: Create a calendar on the wiki and encourage students to add their own personally important dates.
: Create your own news outlet on a wiki.
Hall of fame
: Highlight students’ exceptional achievements on the wiki.
: Encourage students to draft rules and policies for the classroom.
Reach out to the community with these resources that everyone can appreciate.
: Get your class to take photos of your school and write about their favorite spots on the wiki, then share it with the rest of your school and your local community.
: Ask students to bring in their favorite recipes from home, then share them with parents and the rest of the community.
: Collaborate with a class from another country and share information about your culture, or even a day in the life of a typical student.
: Document historical buildings, events, and more from our community. You can ask students to perform interviews, and encourage parents and other adults to contribute their knowledge in the wiki.
: Ask students to create an FAQ for their community, then pass it on to your next group of students.
Community nature guide
: Have your students collect highlights of plants and animals in your community.
: Let parents log in to the wiki to see what their children have accomplished.
Here are even more fun and useful ways to improve your classroom with a wiki.
Let your students leave their books at school
: With a strong classroom wiki, you should have a wealth of information available, so much so that students can leave their books at school and access information online.
Use wikis as a hub
: Any time a student creates anything online, ask them to link to it or upload it to the wiki so that everyone can use it.
Make website creation easier for students
: Using a wiki platform, students don’t have to worry about web design, so they can focus on content instead.
: Save links, documents, and quotes related to units or your classroom as a whole.
: If you ask students to put their research on wikis, you can check in on their progress to make sure they’re on the right path.
: Work with other teachers to create lesson plans and track students’ success.
Create and pass a legislative bill
: Let students see the back and forth that exists in legislation by creating their own and attempting to pass it.
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