Steps to starting with wikis

  1. Think through authoring, collaborating, revising and editing. Three big decisions are:
    1. Who will author?
    2. Who will revise and edit?
    3. Who will read?
  2. Prepare and deliver lessons as appropriate on online safety, personal information, ethics and netiquette
  3. Post link to the wiki on your website
  4. Set up teacher account with (make sure to use the free for teachers offer)
  5. Set up wiki home page (and other structure as appropriate)
  6. Add students accounts to wiki
  7. Continually monitor student writing

Wiki Resources

July 25, 2008

The following website can be used to promote educational use of wikis. Carefully select resources for teachers to explore.

How to Links

Pedagogical Considerations

Example Wikis

What to do with a Blog

July 25, 2008

Blogs have great potential as tools in the educational process.

A blog is an easy to edit web pages that contain personal commentaries on issues or subjects the author chooses. Readers can post replies to the author’s original comment. Blogs started when early web surfers would keep a web log of interesting sites and is evolving into a new genre.

What to do with a Blog

Arranged by who post the blog entry and who is allowed to comment.

Teacher post, no comments

  • Electronic newsletter
  • List assignments
  • Keep a journal of your professional learning
  • Share teaching ideas
  • Communicate with parents

Teacher post, student comments **probably the easiest way to get students blogging**

  • Post writing prompts for students to respond to
  • Have students read an article or view content and then react in writing
  • Have students express opinions and provide evidence
  • Students comment on class activities and what they learned from them
  • Point of view – teacher posts scenario or situation and then students comment based on predetermined point of view (historical figures, cultural group or literature characters)

Students post, teacher comments

  • Students keep a journal of their learning
  • Showcase exemplary work
  • Become and expert and show growth in content knowledge

Students post, student or public comments

  • Create a literature circle where students take turns posting and commenting
  • Students publish persuasive writing and invite feedback
  • Students engage in conversation around a topic, comments provide feedback and resources that help the readers and authors better understand the topic.

Steps to starting with social bookmarking

  1. Think through posting and commenting. Three big decisions are:
    1. Will you use a private group or public?
    2. Who will view the group lists?
    3. Who will post sites?
  2. Prepare and deliver lessons as appropriate on online safety, personal information, ethics and netiquette. Diigo is social, it allows you to find “friends” based on what they have bookmarked on these sites. There is a potential for abuse here.
  3. Set up teacher account on
    1. Fill out the personal info or leave blank
  4. Post link to your classroom website or otherwise distribute
  5. Set up tool bar bookmark button on the computers you commonly use

Social Bookmarking is a website that allows an individual to maintain an organized list of bookmarks and view the bookmarks of others that share an interest.

What to do with Social Bookmarking

  • Build an organized list of websites that you can easily share with other
  • Multiple contributors generate a list of useful sites
  • Discover lists of websites other people decided to bookmark
  • Comment on the sites

What to do with a Wiki

July 23, 2008

Wiki is a web page designed to enable multiple users to accesses and contribute or modify content. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites.

What to do with a Wiki

Teacher writes the wiki, students read

  • Create a website
  • Share resources
  • Post student work exemplars
  • Post project resources

Students write and collaborate on the wiki

  • Each student creates their own page to put their “stuff” on
  • Groups of students share authorship
  • Multiple students modify one page
  • Take turns writing a story or poem
  • Showcase exemplary work
  • Students collaborate with other students to develop website on topic of interest

Resources for Blogging

July 22, 2008

The following website can be used to promote educational use of blogs and blogging. Carefully select resources for teachers to explore. The Support Blogging link below is a good starting place for the beginner.

How to blog links:

Pedegogical considerations:

Example Educational Blogs: