Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wiki Walk Through

Learn more about wikis by going through this Wiki Walkthrough.
Hover over each question with  your mouse within the blue bordered box... Basics, What is a wiki?, Who uses a wiki?, wiki vs. blog to read the text..then click the right arrow at the bottom of the bordered box to move to the next screen where you roll over the next set of questions...How to use a wiki, choose a subject to look at, then read the text...click the right arrow again to move to the next page, and continue until you come to the end of the walk through.

What are your thoughts about wikis? Did you learn anything new or interesting about wikis?

9 comments:

Lori said...

I knew what wikis were, but I never knew (or realized) I could start my own wiki, nor have I ever added information to a wiki. There were a lot of good ideas on ways to use a wiki but I would like to see examples of them in use. I checked out The Aristotle Experiment and didn't understand the purpose of the wiki.

MDD said...

Blog vs Wiki, interesting the blog is limited to comments and post while the wiki is open so that the visitor to the site can change or add to the post and comments. Looks like an idea student would LOVE, this a generation of tech natives and for some” ALL ABOUT ME/LOOK AT ME AND WHAT I CAN DO PEOPLE”. The idea of sharing knowledge and resource is great, what a great to learn and collaborate on ideas. The wiki I see as a tool to get students involved and learning as they use technology WHICH THEY LOVE TO USE. The wiki could be used to share research compare findings and debate the findings based on faced, research and personal experience. An application in my discipline could be compare and debate fitness practices using facts, research and personal experience. It’s all good BUT would like to see the wiki experience in action. I think that in some cases it could be misused “like anything” and used to hurt/harm/damage others, is there a way to filter the post before they go out to the web?

Debbie Ostas said...

Alright, just wrote a comment and typed in the verification code and my comment disappeared???????

Lets try again.

The difference between a Blog and a Wiki is the editing piece. Would be concerned that a student could edit anothers students comments or work but with all technology comes some risk. Have work with a class Blog because for math I think it is more useful. Feel like a Wiki is more useful in English or History class was opinions might be shared.

Debbie Ostas said...

Figured out the problem, didn't sign in, and closed the sign window too quickly.

anearlgirl said...

we will look at examples of blogs and wikis in class this week so by the end you should have a pretty good understanding of the differences and how people are using them. Because a wiki is an editable web page that is used for collaborative work, yes, students can delete others work...however, there is a history feature embedded into all wikis that shows who was logged in and what they did on the page. A wiki can be restored back to a point in time as well so even if content is changed, it can always be retrieved.

Pamela said...

I had heard the term wiki prior to this reading but knew nothing about it. Now I can see the differences between a blog and a wiki though I'm still trying to process all of it. I like the collaborative aspect of a wiki, but I am unable to grasp the practicality of it when it's so difficult to schedule the use of a computer lab for 5 classes for a time period. Really, I'm not sure about the feasibility of using this with my students at this time. I am, however, curious about learning more about it's use in an ELA classroom. How do we get everything done that we need to inorder to cover the CCS and then implement some of this new technology in our lesson plans especially when we don't have daily access to computers? I'm trying to get comfortable with the basics of using the interactive white board with my students...at least that is available everyday.

Pam said...

I've had a wiki since 2008. Mostly, aside from a few honors projects, it has been a view-only page with homework logs and resource pages. The article inspired me to try to do some collaboration again with my students, so, we'll see how it goes. The first thing I'm going to try is to have students complete the Caesar study guide as a class. As we read the play, they will need to respond to at least two questions per act, which I have posted as a page on my wiki space. They can also check each others' answers and disagree or add material if they wish. I'll make comments on their responses with the note feature, and I can grade it by looking at the history of the page. They don't have to sign their names. So, instead of grading 70 packets that everybody copied anyway, I'll have one document to deal with that they will hopefully put some time into.

Mr. Hurley said...

I like the wikis. I think it is a great way to collaborate. I could also see this being used in conjunction with a staff meeting. If i were to use a wiki, I would want it in a closed community though. Are there a lot of staff members using these at BPS?

Pamela said...

Pam, I'd like to talk to you about how you are using the wiki in your English class. Perhaps it's something that I could incorporate in with my English classes.