M4 Learning Log 3 – Elementary Wikis

July 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

I don’t know what grade or subjects I’ll be teaching in future, so I looked up various elementary examples.  I figured these would vary by grade level, content, and computer access.

5th Grade Vocabulary Wiki: 5th graders post where and when in the real world they have seen or heard one of their vocabulary words.  A page exists for each letter to help keep them organized.

Mr. Webb’s 3rd Grade Class: Mr. Webb uses his wiki as a regular website to post HW reminders, grading policies, announcements, various content and activity pages.

Mrs. Anderson’s 3rd Grade Class: Mrs. Anderson uses this as a collaborative site with her students to share their various projects, activities, and digital portfolios.  Each ‘creator’ has a link to their page to see what the student has done during the school year.

Terry the Tennis Ball: A 3rd/4th grade class contributed to writing a story through this wiki.  It begins with the same few sentences, then has multiple endings.  Students had the ability to list the next word/phrase which will lead you to the next part of the story with more options to continue along.

Mrs. Hopkin’s 2nd grade class: Mrs. Hopkins’ class space for students to write stories, share/discuss books, share photos/videos of projects and experiments.

3rd Grade Oregon Trail Project: A collaborative project for students to share what they have learned about the westward expansion, trailing on the Oregon Trail.  Pages link to share information from timelines, supplies, hardships, animals, native americans, weather and more.

 

While searching for various educational wikis, I can see how they are a beneficial tool, but I also see how they require a lot of time and organization.   Some wikis were really hard to figure out their purpose or where to click to the student work, etc.  Other wikis you could see a lot of time was put into organizing the layout of the site, its purpose, and how to use it.    There were teachers who had pages to describe how to use the wiki, create pages, edit appropriately, etc.    You know they had a real purpose for creating the site and really wanted the students to get value from using it.   The classroom wikis and very much like class blogs to me, they are a create way to open communication, set expectations, and share news and projects with the students, families, and community.  It shows that the teacher wants everyone involved, not just a few students or parents; its a learning environment for everyone.   For projects/activity collaboration, I think it is a great tool for students to learn how to work in groups; a necessity for the real world.  It requires them to determine the rolls within the group, the steps that need to be taken, how to create/organize and display a product that represents them all.  I definitely think it will take a lot of time from teachers to set up, organize, and keep updated, but most of the tools we’ve looked at require that too.   The wikis seem to be a great way to give students a new option for sharing what they’ve learned, not just pencil and paper or for the teacher and a good grade, but for themselves to take pride in the knowledge they’ve created.

 

 

 

 

 

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