Monday, January 31, 2011

Technology Update: Wikis

Middle school teachers are now incorporating wikis into their lessons. A wiki is a website that allows students to create and edit any number of interlinked web pages based on a web browser (definition found on Wikipedia, where else?). This means students can collaborate from wherever they can get the Internet to develop a web page, comment on edits, or post changes in real time.

Tony Carrick, 7th and 8th grade literature teacher, has incorporated this technology into an almost daily exercise in his classes. After the 8th grade visited the Carolina Renaissance Festival, they created a video and shared them with each via their class wiki.

Cynthia Nielsen, Karen Niegelsky, and Carolyn Lamkins will be using a wiki throughout their Cameroon elephant project (see Curriculum Corner) so students can reflect on the things they’ve learned from their peers in Cameroon and Massachusetts.

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