The last few weeks I've been having a look at wikis and thinking about how I can use them both for teacher development purposes and also for students.

The last few weeks I've been having a look at wikis and thinking about how I can use them both for teacher development purposes and also for students.

I'm in the process of preparing a course for teacher trainers in Morocco and I really wanted to look at how we could use these within the course (it will be a blended learning course run over the space of some months) to support the trainers and also I wanted to experiment witha couple of ideas I had for using them with students for collaborative writing.

So far I've set up two wikis. The first one for teachers interested in using learning technology is here:

http://technogogyelt.wetpaint.com

  • So far I'm developing a list of FAQs ( frequently asked questions) that teachers have regarding technology. Anyone can add to or answer the questions.
  • I also added a glossary section for anyone who wanted definitions of IT related terms.
  • The final part, for the moment, is a section on defining key skills for teachers using technology.

Please feel free to have a look and register and participate.

My second wiki is aimed at students and is based on the story of Cinderella:

http://cinderella-their-story.wetpaint.com

The idea is that anyone can add to the story and enhance it. I've also added pages so that the story can be told from the perspectives of different people in the story. Ever wondered what the Ugly sisters felt about their sister? I'm hoping that students will start to add to and fill in the different parts of the story.

Again if you want to get your students to contribute please get them to register and get involved.

Both of these projects a pretty experimental for me so I'm not sure how well they will work, so if you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it.

There's a video tutorial here showing you how to edit a wiki (it's very simple) if you haven't used one before.

http://www.technogogy.org.uk/wetpaint/editing-text.htm

Look forward to your feedback and participation

Best

Nik

http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/

 

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