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Using Wikis in lessons: Teaching and learning ideas

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by escha1305, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Has anyone had any success with using wikis in class? Would love to hear some stories!
  2. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    IMO Wikis are great where you have a subject that has a large BOK involving definitions or you want to teach a research kind of topic. For examples we've done - "Influential people in the Computing industry." "Companies in the IT Industry"; Dictionary of terms will be done this year perhaps.
    Students can contribute to the wiki and this help build their skills and teamwork, etc.
    Thinks I'd avoid:
    • Going public - that's a no-no as far as I'm concerned - keep the wiki internal otherwise people can post anything. We use MediaWiki* on an internal only server.(for now)
    • Keep it positive
    • Give ownership to the students

    *tried to use the Wiki in Moodle but not good result.

  3. Very interesting, thanks! I too tried to use wikis in moodle last year but didn't have a real purpose (and it was not v good in moodle!)

    I deliver BTEC IT, so I could easily use that idea in unit 2: working in the IT industry. They can look at different types of IT jobs and the characteristics needed for those jobs. I will take a look at mediawiki,
  4. clickschool

    clickschool New commenter

    Why would you want to use a WIKI? Sounds good, but once you consider teaching the syntax and everything else that goes with it...
  5. Part of the objectives for unit 1 of the BTEC is to allow them to experience a range of specialist communication channels. I show them podcasting/hosting/blogging - just wanted to show them some other bits and pieces.
  6. Done it with a load of year 8's and 9's. Best we got out of it was an innapropriate photo of Jordan, didn't work well. Can be difficult coming up with enough topics to make it worthwhile, and getting them to interlink is a nightmare. Will be avoidin like the plague! Forums worked really really well though.
  7. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

    I have used Wikispaces (all free for educators and can be private - so just your class) successfully with classes - simple to learn to use that. Editing looks like standard wp functions.
  8. Wikispaces looks pretty good. What projects did you use for your Wikis? I am interested to know any ideas, as I do a lot of cross curricular projects with other teachers, as well as teaching IT discretely
  9. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

    Wikispaces is very good - easy to use. I have always had prompt and courteous replies when I have had any queries (and I only use the free stuff!). I have used it with Maths classes (a) for a Maths space for a class (b) as a journal for a class - everybody gets their page(s) for reflection on their learning.
    There are no age issues because teachers can use the user creator to sign up students - no email required.
    A small number of other staff at school are also using wikis now - excellent for collaborative revision or any sort of collaborative project where a student or small group of students could take responsibility for a page.
    I put some links together here which may be of interest.
  10. I have used Wikispaces a few times and I'm using it again at the moment. I teach upper primary and have used it as a display area for topic work (word processed reports, scanned in art work, photos, links to videos and audio), I've also used it so the children can research at home and add information - depends on the children whether this is a good idea! I ran an Eco-club wiki where the Eco kids posted a questionaire and classes were invited to go on to the space and fill in answers, they were also encouraged to check the wiki at home or school for updates and news on what the eco-club had been up to. It's a great tool and so easy to edit, the kids are pro's at it.


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