Wikis in the Classroom

June 28, 2007

Using Wikis in the Classroom by Vicki Davis with Adam Frey

Wiki is a webpage with an edit button.
-history (see what has happened, old versions, and see what each kid did)
-access control (the collaboration you want) (wikispaces will set up anonymous accounts for teachers)
– lots of help here
– the live generated wiki from session

let wikis be about facts, let blog be conversation with opinion and fact

>double brackets makes new page [[ with title in..
>you can paste any widget in with insert media button (looks like youtube)
>work in small chunks, not a word processor,
>use the discussion tab
>show students right up front that the history will show exactly what each member posted
>allow students to control not only content but also structure

more help at

Her 2 big projects – look for rubric and lessons etc here.


Excellent session by Will Richardson

why do classrooms function today much the same way they did 75 years ago?

On Location: A Comparative Study of Countries in Africa and Asia by Linda Patterson

Set up Problem based learning: Where in Africa and Asia should we film the action adventure movie?

title = survival
groups will make presentation of their opinion of the best location for the script
elements of project include:
database sort and filter of african countries
write letter of interest to locations
persuasive essay

Information Fluency Meets Web 2.0 by Joyce Valenza and Ken Rodoff

All I can say is WOW!!!

I want to be a librarian after seeing this presentation. Joyce has so much positive energy and is taking things in a direction I want to go with speed and momentum that I feel tugging me along.

Resources from session, on information fluency

and Great Resources on New Tools

Weave web 2.0 and info lit on funky loom… with threads of the old country…

old threads include the information fluency > information fluency needs to be in the classroom now not just the library…

ISTE NETS S refresh

horizon = social networking and creating content…

starfish and spider, bk re no leader

stone soup metaphor of collaboration
but what about the soldiers??

>Accessing information

We must guide students to good resources, so
>Create pathfinders> use wiki pathfinders >allow all to participate and add to, students and teachers

[look at coopersmith research re what terms in library people understand]

>link to google directory….

>clusty can help with search when you don’t have the vocab

> > check this for resources

etc…….. check links above

A few ideas to capitalize on web 2.0 and online collaboration tools

>students maintain blog in voice of character as you read, maybe teacher take role too..
>have opinion and back it up with ‘evidence’ from text…
>post comments to other characters in voice of your character…
>make avatar for character


>define expectations for blogging early, set norms, define traits of good post and good comment


>Use copyleft and creative commons stuff for student projects, students are continually confused about what it is OK to use and not use…

I now have a personal goal to build an avatar for wikispaces, etc — tektek dream avatar tool?

[check out social networking in NING]

>require citation and use of online databases in projects

Supporting Nonfiction Vocabulary and Comprehension Using Visual Learning and Inspiration by Eric LeMoine

>On the CD start with the Start_Here document.

>Big diagram? use collapse / expand

>Quiz Diagram, use expand to show answer, or use notes of answer and proof

>paste symbol into note

>version 8 has online templates, look for globe symbol in the templates

>crtl e = fit diagram to screen

>throw a bunch of words up, give directions to group into related categories, come up with symbol (label) for each new category
>also do this with words that could be grouped in multiple ways

>view – notes – hide all

>vocab template (from web)

>once the kids learn to use, force them to create in outline view

>arrange, use auto arrange, now new elements will continue to be arranged

ACCESSIBLIZING non-fiction text — make accessible [scaffolding vocab and ideas]
>diagram info, ideas, concepts, texts
>before, during, after reading
>shared reading
>Diagram with all hidden,
-uncover level 1
-uncover one bubble
-continue like that
[group note taking]

>focus in /focus out with ctrl e
will take ‘child’ and show only that stuff
so from big…. select shift ctrl x then ctrl e to go to part, to go back to whole, shift ctrl y then ctrl e to see whole again

>hyperlink to scaffold research project [big6???]
-put links to sites and questions on isf file
-kid goes and work on it, enters answers in note.
-link to work doc to make their written work

>inspiration now has templates per state standard on their web site

This is another great tool for managing complexity. The way to have a very complicated web and zoomed in to part of it really helps me see this as more useful.

The REAL Work of 21st-Century Skills by Ed Coughlin

It is not all about web 2.0, etc, but really about

Let your goals be about teaching and learning, not technology use.

What do employers hire?
-self-directed and adaptable
-thinkers and problem solvers
-collaborate well

Start a zoo as real learning, project, has been done a long time, but now more needed. 21 c skills are hard to do and tech makes scalable / easier

harvard Iron project? writing around world

updated 21 century skills

1. 21 c themes (content more needed now)
-global awareness -civic lit
-financial lit -health lit

*70% adults do not understand that science is based on evidence based research

2. Learning and Innovation

3. infor media and tech skills
-info lit
-media/visual media lit
-tech lit

4. Life and Career skills

Are these personal qualities or acquired skills (for self directed)?
-self directed role model of same sex parent
-chances to be self directed before school
-easy to build

real work is hard work

advocacy – leadership development – pd – change processes – research and assess and loop back

advocacy and vision building – people need to know what this stuff looks like — for teachers, parents, leaders, etc and KIDS – they often don’t know and don’t necessarily really know how to use tech well.

leadership – prepare administrators first, and teacher leaders [because teachers listen to other teachers best], leader solves problems with 21 c skills, consider coaches, use teams

curriculum redesign – change context [personal narrative to digital storytelling // expository to writing for media // persuasive writing to writing for the web]; explicit instruction [thinking skills, info lit, goal setting and self monitoring self evaluation; scaffolding and support [project planning checklist, creative process, teaming and collaboration instruction, how to work together]; professional develop [“student achievement through professional development” joyce and showers – do some kind of real follow up – observation, peer review, etc, need 25 episodes of reinforcement to get it into practice — coaching and mentorship, integration into curriculum — model units, building leadership teams]

[this american life has comic book of how to do ‘this american life’ style story]

opportunity does not equal building

need explicit instruction

project based, problem based learning research says often not very successful, because students don’t know how to plan.

21c skills assessments – iste has some, ncrel has some, self direction assessment – edward deci, also dearfield community

barry zimmerman bk michenbaum biemiller self regulated learning, maurice gibbons

denise pope “miseducating our children”

opportunity is not enough

reward progress, not effort > presentations, it will be there…

praise strategies, effort, not “your intelligent”

thinking classroom from harvard

carole dwek on npr – failing 7th grade math – remediation not as good as class on work = more learning &bk mindsets

stories of effort and progress

fred newman about how to do authentic units

Staggeringly Good Things Integrating Media and Google Earth Hal Davidson Discovery Education Network

Incorporating media and making tours in Google Earth (GE)
Hal’s blog with info covered, presentation, docs with code and kmz files
From Discovery Educator Network Media Matters Blog

>Google Earth Pro free for educators… contact debra kettmann at to get unlock code to pro trial.
Pro allows you to make movies of your stuff in GE > then publish, add music, etc

>GE is best when you give it scale. start with known so they can understand new

>use quick time pro to copy music chunk, then “add to movie”

>Image overlay to imbed or link video
>turn on flickr layer for stuff tagged with geographic data
>check out geographic web… panoramio…
>image overlay in toolbar. add picture, browse or use url. rotate, resize, etc. you can annotate images too. use snap shot view to zoom in???

> this site googlelittrips. is a excellent example of how to use tours with annotated placemarks. all organized around literature, but easy to see other uses. Really great stuff hear about organizing the complex.

>link in video , from say org or unitedstreaming or whatever. You can put in link and play view from browser that opens, or,
>set placemark, download video local, then play from hard drive or flash and don’t worry about internet…

baloons off?
3d veiw etc, exagerate if you want
show web results in external or not…

>right click on placemark, get info. paste in your own code….
>save place as …. kmz file .. that makes it portable.

>save as kml so you can open in word… edit code… change img src etc… word can save back as kml… then change kml to kmz… file open in GE (file open)

directions on his blog….

don’t be scared to show kids code. Google earth is friendly way to get big pay off for a bit of code. another chance to get at complexity, organizing the complex.

>add network link… I don’t know what this is, maybe set default GE open location remotely for network or something?
(flikr is example)
change the on server.

>you can also copy images into overlay, you will need the images on drive.

TOUR how to
make folder
fill with place marks
click folder, then play
preferences can control speed.
link up webcam in tour… as img src.

to and from
becomes tour
click play for fly over tour

>curriculum link
jones family path in grapes of wrath
you can make path with pop up boxes and fill with content.

>post sounds in location for habitat study, etc

Use series of place mark as geographic quiz