Student Wiki Work!

It’s really here. Here are some samples from work our students have recently done using wikis:

In the next couple days, I plan on bringing on the teachers I have been working with to talk a little about their experiences doing the project and the differences they have noted in student learning.

What strikes me is something that you hear all too often nowadays, and yet still not enough: it’s all about the conversation. The learning going on “outside the lines,” is unprecedented for me. Watching these students delegate, make informed choices, and offer up lines like this one to help the group accomplish a task:

“NEEDS FIXING, PLEASE READ
We, need to have some place for other imformation, those questions were only supposed to be a rough outline. I suggest having a section for any miscellaneous info any may have found. I am setting up my own. I suggest you make your own.”

Rumors have been circulating around the community that the 7th grade is up to something that has the kids being forced to stop working on their schoolwork and go to bed. That’s got to be good.

Check out one of them that is public: Country in a box

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2 thoughts on “Student Wiki Work!

  1. Patrick
    These are great examples. I will look forward to the teachers reflections you promise too. I came to your blog through a comment you left on Remote Access…which leads to a question. I will be downloading Will’s presentation so I can listen to it but I would also like to enlist your help. As I guide my staff to RSS and blogs I am having more trouble with content area stuff. You say you started building pageflakes for content areas during the workshop…Any suggestions.

  2. At first I just started drawing on my experience as a history teacher by pulling in news stories from Google News on particular current events topics that I liked. And that worked well for me. But after a couple of meetings with teachers, especially reading teachers, we started pulling together resources for “The Diary of Anne Frank,” like videos uploaded to YouTube, and simple searches using Google and RSS feeds to tie into other schools who are doing the same readings.

    My advice, and the practice I am following, is to do some reconaissance in terms of what the teachers are doing in their classrooms before I meet with them. That way I can do some preliminary page-building in PageFlakes to see where the research takes me. So much fun that they pay us to do this!

    Thanks for finding me and I look forward to finding your work out there.

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