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WikiNodes is an app that can be purchased from the ITunes Store for a small cost. The idea behind WikiNodes is that it uses content from Wikipedia (hence the name) and presents the information as a mind map or nodes, enabling the user to go fro one topic to another related one.
Visually it is very appealing and great for those who learn with pictures and diagrams and not with great slabs of text, which is great for visual learners like myself.
Having experimented it for a few days, I am starting to both enjoy the experience and think about how it can be used in my own teaching environment for information literacy.
Using Wikipedia is somewhat contentious with students however in my own experience in teaching information literacy to first year students, rather than swim against the tide, I suggest that students use it as their first port of call in locating information (it is good for an overview of a subject) and then move across to finding scholarly, peer reviewed information.
In terms of SAMR, WikiNodes falls into the Augmentation level. Wikipedia is enhanced further by providing significant functional improvement and also by presenting the material in a visual format,
TPACK is a framework used to demonstrate the interaction between content, pedagogy and technology. (Koehler & Mishra, 2009) All are equally important however it is useful to see how they all work together with new kinds of knowledge can be found at their intersections (Koehler, 2011).
Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK) looks at how technology can enhance pedagogy and learning and includes technologies such as wikis and blogs. Technology Content Knowledge (TCK) looks at technologies such as iPads and finally Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) is the subject matter that the teacher understands and interprets and then decides how it will be taught. With all three intersecting, we get TPACK and a successful teaching and learning experience. WikiNodes has the potential to provide this.
Koehler, M. (2011). What is TPACK? Retrieved August 4, 2013, from http://www.tpack.org/
Koehler, M., & Mishra, P. (2009). What is technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK)? Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9(1), 60-70