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Educator wikis

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Educators Tips

 Add yourself by clicking "Edit page." The password is "edu" Thanks! Kristine



Name PBwiki Address How have you used your Classroom Wiki?  What was the result?


Email Address
Shawn Brandt
 http://npsdd.pbwiki.com Have you ever attended a workshop and thought, "I wish I had a copy of that presentation" (or handouts, links, video, etc.)? New Prague teachers have been sharing best practices at our annual Staff Development Day for a number of years. This year, we are using this site to archive presentation materials. The Staff Development Day is January 14... I'm looking forward to hearing teachers' feedback.  sbrandt@np.k12.mn.us
Amanda Workman



In our middle school library kids go online to recommend/ review books, find and add resources for the science fair, and add to the "wish list.'  It is a great tool for me as the librarian to know what they are reading, and what we need to get in the library.  Also, we started a bookclub where kids pick books to read outside of school and comment/ post questions online.  It's a great, safe place for them to go after school. amanda.workman@ksd.org
Chris Beaven http://pachanga.pbwiki.com We use pbwiki to plan a weekly sing-along / assembly at our school.  A number of people contribute to the planning.  The site is a great way to keep everybody informed and also to look back at what songs we have done through the year.  The name of our Pre-School through 5th grade gathering is Pachanga. chris_beaven@waynflete.org







"I use the Mrtelles site as a communication link with students

and parents. There is a section for daily homework, weekly spelling,

and long term assignments (and fun things as well).

PBWiki is easy to learn, quick to update, and always improving!



Mary Ann



"...very impresed with how easy it was to set up their wikis."





"I think the product is terrific, really easy. I actually had

a teacher walk into the training who had already created

his pbwiki before any training. (And he'd linkedit off his

podcasting blog...) Probably the first teacher to use it from

the training will be the chair of the English Department - she's

going to create one for her Department members."








"I choose PBwiki because it was visually attractive.impressed with

how much cleaner and more attractive it looked than another, easier,

wiki I was using. Its appearance impressed me so much







"I ALWAYS have my PBWiki open whenever I am on the net, so

I can easily paste in linked pages and articles from magazines,

newspapers, publications and other websites into different

categories in my Wiki. I have a large article archive that

I am constantly revisiting. The nice thing is anyone can

use it, they don't have to be computer saavy."







"I loved that it was very easy to edit and since this was my first

attempt at a wiki, easy was important. I also appreciate that it is

free; we are a non-profit with an almost zero budget, yet I have

a ton of information that has to remain organized and accessible."





"PBWiki was the wiki of choice for several colleagues of mine teaching

ICT to staff and students. I looked at others and felt PBWiki was the

easiest to use. I originally thought wikis would be hard to use but

taught myself the basics in about an hour by looking at the code of

other wikis, saw the potential and took off from there."








"There was about 50-60 people (standing room only!) The response

was very positive..."





I used this wiki for a presentation to help participants learn about

Web 2.0.What better way to learn a new tool than by USING it!





I created the wiki for a library workshop on social software. I found

that the wiki provided more flexibility as a presentation tool than a

PowerPoint-style slideshow and allowed me to demonstrate the

application in an organic way. The added benefit was that the students

had a ready-made reference resource to take with them-- no handouts

to lose or misplace, just a simple URL to jotdown. I only recently taught

the class for the first time and will teach it againin a couple months. I

hope that my students will take the opportunity tocontribute to the wiki

as they play around with the technology on their own time.


kelleyj at cod dot edu

Rosa Ochoa






Web 2.0 for ESOL is a Wiki initially created for the ESOL section at my TAFE

college. It is a repository of sites for both students and teachers. There are

many tutorials wikis and podcasts on blogging, podcasting and wikis in education.


Kogarah & Liverpool wiki is the beginnings of a collaborative wiki for two ESOL

classes in far away suburbs. Students create their own pages and will collaborate

in joint projects which will allow them to improve their English in a new context.



JL Ang


I've set up wikis to allow my students to post questions on physics

topics they are preparing for the Cambridge O level exams. This will

form a FAQ repository of answers to help all students with their

revision. Also set up are wikis for me to post physics

revision resources by topic and permanent FAQs (posted online or

asked inthe classroom).

Ms. Shubitz http://staceyshubitz.pbwiki.com

I just moved from a class website to a class wiki this year. Right now there are lots of documents on there that students can download in case they left their homework at school. To that end, I have a weekly homework page so that students/parents can view the weekly assignments.

I'm hoping to get an LCD Projector so that I can teach my students how to edit the wiki and add to it in the months to come.

sas2174 at columbia dot edu




I like to use the wiki to post static information and as a supplement to our classroom blog. I am especially please with the easy of introducing students to writers in the community. When we get to our Lord of the Flies unit, I create group assignments and each is responsible for editing their own page on the wiki.

Rick Reo http://byte06.pbwiki.com/ (private)

This is an introduction to wiki workshop for higher ed faculty/staff. I have used PBwiki for student group projects in an online class on social software tools with good results.

rreo at gmu dot edu
E. Fedderke




I love pbwiki. I learned about it at a Summer workshop at our A site
and use it DAILY to post weekly assignments, announcements, handouts, react and reflect, ask questions, awesome websites etc. I expect my students and their parents to check homework on-line if they are absent. The bottom of my page also has a blog link, and I do monthly blog assignments for each of my 9th and 10th grade English classes. So far the only problem I encountered was that one student accidentally deleted all the blogs prior to hers because they all use the same password, but I was able to retrieve them. Also about 10% of my students do not have access at home, and so the assignments are difficult for them to find time to do in study hall. My daughter is also a teacher, so I explained to her how to set one up, and she uses it for the same reasons other than the blog. Since this is my first year using this, suggestions are welcome:-) I plan to ask my principal about doing a quick in-service next August and encourage more of our teachers to set one up.


Gerry Whelan, MD www.medteam.pbwiki.com

Using the wiki to develop a comprehensive set of resources to help newly arriving doctors from other countries to learn about the Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams commonly found in American hospitals including the general concept but also who all the people are (nurses, PTs, social workers, etc.) and what they do. The wiki is being used by people all around the country and really facilitates long distane collaboration.

Erick Lee




I have used my wiki's to do collaborative projects in my math classes. The first page is an online portfolio of the curriculum outcomes for our math 12 class. The second page is a photo project we're working on for our precalculus class. The class really seems to like doing something where they can be a little creative.

Lisa Gordis http://professorgordis.pbwiki.com I've used a variety of wikis in the classroom. My latest addition is a simple wiki to allow students to sign up for office hours. It includes a 30 boxes calendar with deadlines relevant to students in my courses and to my advisees. I couldn't do this in any of the university systems, as they require separate access for students in each course and for advisees.  
Jim West http://idt516faq.pbwiki.com/ I set up a Frequently Asked Questions page regarding my online class on Internet Resources, then asked my graduate students to both ask and answer the questions. Believe it or not, the FAQ started as a blank page. Students provided all the questions, answers, and organization/classification themselves. ja-west2@wiu.edu
Andrew Hill


Here in the UK lots of staff development sessions in what we call Further Education Colleges are using a webtools site that I developed a year or so back. Rather than just having a 'catalogue' I used a pbwiki to provide a way for practitioners to comment on how they found a particular application and, hopefully, in time, provide examples of good practice. ahill@dunstable.ac.uk
 Ann Smith





 These web sites show a progression of usuage. The CTIP(Curiiculum Technology Integrartion Project) wiki is used for a year long teacher training program. The Perkins Elementary wiki is for our school. The Perkins 3rd grade wiki is for our third grade teachers and their 1-1 laptop curriculum.  The last web link is an individual teachers wiki. Make sure to check out the SideBar and Quickstart as we use them for more information. We love using the wikis. They are easy and fun! Teachers have  great success using them.


Andrew Hill




Am I allowed two goes here?! Since 1998 I have been sharing notes and things on-line with staff and students but the simplicity of doing so with pbwiki has made the job so much more fun than it used to be, and people can feedback and add their own pages. What particularly impressed, well amazed me actually, was how I could copy and paste complete chunks of web pages straight in to pbwiki and, with a bit of tweaking, they were ready to go! There's now a studyzone2 which is about to be launched for distance learning tutors for canine and feline behaviour degree modules. Some of these individuals are well known tv personalities in the UK, with superb pet behaviour knowledge but little by way of IT skill! So pbwiki was my first choice for such a public challenge! OK, I'll shut up now. Just love the application and greatly appreciative of the free, no-ads, availability. andrewx.com@gmail.com



Sherron Burns







Our site was started as a way to share information about Arts Ed projects in the division and as a place to highlight resources and PD.  However, the best project for us was when I set up the wiki as an online collaboration between teachers and guest artists. They live long distances apart and would not be able to meet until the day of the activity and so the wiki allowed them to plan together and to build a relationship prior to the class visit. It also gave us a way to exhibit the work and journal the process. I'm using it as the basis for some Action Research in my graduate studies as well. People were hesitant about new technology, but were pleasantly surprised to find it so easy to edit. Once they understood the purpose they bought into using it and ejoyed it.








Sheri Edwards




Kids love to work on wikis.  I've finally started to figure it out:


Start Page:

I have homepage set up on each computer in the classroom (http://msedwards.pbwiki.com/).  That lists current lessons for each class with links to lessons and resources for parents and students -- students begin and end their computer period on this page.  Students need written work ready to type before accessing the computer, so our class period of about 50 minutes is blocked into sessions (lesson from me, writing period, computer time) and students move through these time/activity blocks. 



We have completed some work on our collaboration wiki: coyote talks.  For Halloween, the students practiced compound sentences; final teams posted work at: http://coyotetalks.pbwiki.com/Compound+Scares


Teams: For the fifth grade, I set up  team wikis for team collaboration.  We're just getting this off the ground. 


Safety: I don't use student names; just student numbers, and all students sign a contract before participating.  Parents sign a release form at the beginning of the school year.




Jenna Carpenter http://calculuswithdrc.pbwiki.com I teach college-level mathematics and we are now using a number of different online resources - course management software, online homework, online tutoring, etc.  Last term my students complained that they had trouble keeping up with all of it - what was due where and when.  I tried writing daily updates on the whiteboard at the beginning of class last term.  This term I decided to put all of that info on our class wiki.  It's great because students can log on anytime to check all of their online assignments, plus I have put links to all of the sites, so they don't have to remember the urls for everything!  I also do podcasts for the class, so there is a link to our blog, where the podcasts are posted, as well.



Angela Cunningham





I teach high school freshmen, and we are using our wikis for a variety of purposes.  The "cougarpride" wiki is for our team to share news and happenings with students and their families.  From there, students can select the appropriate teacher.  On mine, "angelacunningham", students can access assignments--including PowerPoints and worksheets--and add entries to our online encyclopedia--the "cougarpedia".  The "bcsocialstudies" wiki allows my department to collaborate online.  angela.cunningham@bullitt.kyschools.us
Melinda Gregor



I teach AP English Literature, college-prep 11th grade English, and college-prep 10th grade English. I LOVE PBWIKI!!!!  This tool has everything you need to enhance the classroom discussion as well as extend that discussion beyond to students' homes.

I love it for PBL.

The link takes you to my juniors. On the home page, please scroll to the bottom to see the movemaking project they have recently completed. They are now using their pbwiki as we collaborate on color connotations in The Great Gatsby.

I also use their home pages to communicate changes in HW, to answer questions, and to survey what they like/learn/etc.


Dan Morris



























I teach a class called Leadership in the Digital Age for the administrator program at the University of Denver and have used this wiki to introduce current and future school administrators to numerous Web 2.0 applications.  I use the wiki to structure our work around the National Education Technology Standards for Administrators and Teachers (NETS-A, NETS-T) and participants in the class are usually getting their first "hands-on" experience with using and contributing to a wiki.

I have also used this wiki to support numerous staff development workshops I do with educators in the US and Australia.  I am now beginning to create wikis as "support" sites for presentations and workshops I am doing for educators and to support work related to creating new graduation standards in Colorado. Here are a couple examples.




Alona Senishch-Chmilewsky









My students (a group of 14 year olds) and I use pbwiki to run a cross-cultural project called 'Global Village'. For the last 5 months we have been collecting various data and facts about different countries around the globe. We see ourselves as virtual inhabitants of the 'Global Village'  and aim to share our knowledge about the countries we have been exploring both internally (among us) and externally with interested parties. Simultaneously we hope to change our own attitude and stereotypical thinking. I have offered my students to encorporate other free web applications into the project , like Gliffy, Pageflakes and Slide and in my opinion it added a new value (+fun). I am proud to mention that our pbwiki project has been nominated for BMW Award in Intercultural Learning, and though we haven't taken the  prize we are still happy to be noticed and children are very motivated to continue with their work. We are now establishing contacts with the shools from the countries we have been exploring and I hope that 'Global Village' will attract even more attention. 







Peter Daly http://dalylcmr.pbwiki.com I am an administrator in my district.  After witnessing what a wiki can do in the classroom at an Apple workshop I began to do demo activities in various classrooms.  The students loved, and the teachers that I worked with are taking my wiki workshop this summer.  I have used my wiki to do everything from Shakespeare translations, digital storytelling, and AP review sheets.   
Anne Gruettner  http://amaestra.pbworks.com

I am a HS Spanish teacher. My wiki is linked to my school's teacher listing so students, parents, and colleagues can access it, but it is also public so anyone can find it with a search of my last name (Gruettner). I have level-specific pages on my wiki that include instructions and downloadable copies of my Web-based class activities and projects, from which I post student work (on private pages). On my wiki I also have a vocabulary word wall, a guide to using Spanish diacritic marks on the computer, interesting links, a calendar and web etiquette in Spanish. I also have pages for my extracurricular activity and my Freshman advisory.



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