Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wikis... Keys to "Working Together" in the 21st Century
The 21st Century Model of "Working Together"
http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/ A great first place to begin!
http://etoolbox.wikispaces.com/ A virtual toolbox of ideas for integrating technology into education. Be sure to follow the wiki link.
https://educators.pbworks.com/ (A great wiki with links to classroom wikis. Be sure to check out the section on Best Practices!)
http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/Web2TL/wiki.html (Saskatoon Public Schools Online Learning Centre offers tips and links for integrating Web 2.0 tools into your classroom).
One final idea that I had for class wikis was that of the Class Scribe, an idea that was shared at a conference a few years back. Students could have designated days to post a few of the big ideas from the learning for that day. Other students could then add and edit, completing a better recap of the day's learning. The added bonus: Students who were ill that day would still know what they had missed.
Wikis in the library:
Just as in the classroom, the library is a great place to use the technology of a wiki. I see this as a great collaborative space to post links, questions, discussion and ideas, especially related to inquiry learning and information skills.
As well, consider using your wiki for book advisory, schedules, book suggestions (see the Webinar with a great How-To for this).
I stumbled upon this great webinar and its corresponding wiki site: https://newtoolsforschoollibrarianship.pbworks.com/
I also loved the Children's Book Wiki and think this is such an excellent way for teacher librarians to build their knowledge of children's literature. Check it out at http://childrensbooks.wikia.com/wiki/Children%27s_Books_Wiki .
Wikis: the Key to "Working Together" in the 21st Century
In closing, let's learn to "work together" in new ways. Let's abandon the old, assembly line model of "working together" in favour of something new. After all, it's no longer 1903. Explore a wiki today!