The single weakness that most wikis have had in the past was the requirement for using a simple, but often unfamiliar, mark-up language. Learning how to use yet another kind of system to post material on the web has been a ...
"...One of my take-aways from the day's conversation is that most of the technologies that we want to use to make textbooks interactive and meaningful for students already exist, we just need to organize and utilize them in a way that makes sense for teachers and students. I've combined that take-away with a recent request from a reader to delineate some ways that teachers can use Wikispaces to create this list of ideas for using wikis in classrooms..."
In the study, conducted by Justin Reich for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities Project, a sample of K12 wikis created by teachers for use in their classrooms were examined and rated on a scale of “wiki quality.” As someone who has worked with wikis quite a bit in my own work, and even written a book on the use of wikis for educators, I have a very big interest in studies of this nature...
I have been too busy lately to share this great new development at Wikispaces, so I want to take a few minutes this morning to do just that...
Wikispaces has announced a wonderful new feature for educators called Wikispaces Classroom. Wikispaces was already a powerful and easy-to-use tool for collaboration, but now it includes features that teachers will find even more useful for using the Wikispaces platform for a wide variety of learning experiences.
This blog post on the Wikispaces blog provides some essential "getting started" information and I encourage you to explore how to use Wikispaces Classroom with your students today!
For more information about Wikispaces Classroom, check out these recent blog posts directly from the Wikispaces team:
Wikis, Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and Collaborative Writing 3/10/2013. March 10, 2013. This week I used ScreenR to present how to use Wiki's in the classroom. I have never used ... It was very easy to learn and fun to work with.
"...Whatever your plans are, have you considered how you might be able to share what you are learning with your colleagues? If you are an administrator, have you considered how to organize all of the learning in which your staff will participate so that everyone in the organization can benefit from the new skills and knowledge?..."
"Last summer, we introduced Projects to make it easier to organize group projects on your wikis. This month, we’ve made Projects even more powerful by adding a scheduling component we’re calling Events.
Events are an easy way to automate calendar-related actions: for example, you could set a due date that locks a Project, or send out automated announcements."