Wikis as teaching tools

| May 4, 2011

“Mr. Netzley, whose students include Mr. Desai, started using wikis as a teaching tool in 2007. This semester, he asked the students in his Digital Media in Asia class to document the digital communication landscape of a given country, build a wiki page, and then conduct a one-week public relations campaign to promote it.” (Reference Link to New York Times Article).

On May 1st, a New York Times article about a professor’s use of wikis  as a teaching tool caught my eye.  Ever since I began to write blogs for the Gottesman Library, something that I had little experience with before, I began to see how powerful wikis and blogs could have been in my classroom.  As noted by the professor, the wikis were helpful because they allowed students, particularly those who were on the quieter side, to work at their own pace and voice their opinions in a once, non-traditional manner.

As I read this, I began to think…How do I get started?  How could this work for elementary school kids?

Books

Click here to search for books about wiki creation found at the Gottesman Library.

Amazon: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms

On the Web

Smartteaching.org has a great list of 50 ways that one can use wikis in the classroom

Example of second grade wiki

Example of middle school wiki