Sunday, July 12, 2009

Thing #16: Wikis

As always, I love the Common Craft videos. You would think that since I'm "young," I'd get all the technology stuff like that, but I definitely am a "watch and learn" kind of girl. As I mentioned in the sandbox, my husband and I have been debating different ways to get my students to submit reading responses over the internet. When I first started reading about wikis, I thought they'd be the perfect solution to my problem. However, after looking at the slideshow Wikis: A Beginner's Look and thinking about it, I have realized that my tween students may not all be mature enough to contribute to a wiki for an assignment without being vengeful and deleting their arch-enemy's post. Instead, I may use wikis for students involved in group assignments. They can use the wiki to create lists of tasks they still need to accomplish, who will bring what supplies, etc. Students could also use a wiki to brainstorm ideas or contribute to a test review. While exploring some of the wikis suggested by 23 Things, I came across a 10th grade classroom's blog. I'm even more inspired to start blogs for my classes, and this way, students can respond to a question without clogging my e-mail inbox and not be able to delete any of the other students' posts.

This will probably be my last blog post for a few days. I'm headed to the hospital tonight to be induced and will have a son sometime tomorrow! I'll post pictures when I get back. Goodbye for now!


  1. Sounds like you have some great plans for adding wikis to your class...
    and you truly amaze me...writing about wikis the day before you son arrives!!

    Congratulations ...enjoy EVERY minute of the next umpteen years of your life..even the hard ones! It goes by all too quickly.

  2. Can't wait to hear and see more about Trip!

    I think it does take some extra problem-solving to adapt our technology teaching to our particular set of students - they have special issues that require us to make extra preparations and lay a bit more groundwork.


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