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How to introduce wikis in your classroom

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12 ways to get students involved in your wiki


Individual pages- Ask each student to create a wiki page, posting information about their interests and what they hope to learn from the class.  Be sure to comment on the pages, and engage them by referencing their personal interests in discussions. Use this as an easy icebreaker to have students get to know each other. 


Self Selection - List your weekly discussion topics on your wiki, have students select topic and to lead the discussion.


Group brainstorming - Have your students brainstorm possible discussion topics on the wiki and lead one discussion per week. 


Easy poll/ survey - Embed an online poll to create an easy online poll in your wiki.  Use the poll to make class decisions or share opinions anonymously.


Community problem solving -  Ask your students to answer a homework question on the wiki, providing only part of the solution.  Have each student respond and grade the final answer.


Asynchronous open-ended discussions  - Have a guest speaker in the class, ask your students to prepare a list of questions for the speaker.  Use the gabbly chat plugin to talk with everyone on the wiki page, or embedd a meebo chat to communicate one on one with your students. 


Class notes - Each week assign one student to write up the class notes, including important points and class discussion.  Be sure to comment on the notes, and add additional insight from the lesson. 


Wiki-pairs - Ask your students to partner with another student in class. These partners should comment on each others work, brainstorm new ideas, and generally help each other out.  Private wiki pages make it easy to create private pages that only two students can edit.


Wiki group work - Create a page that only members of a group can access and monitor their progress on a research task over time. You can give feedback immediately and see who is pulling their weight!


Publicize good work - Post student work online as an example or archive to show course expectations. You can easily create public wiki pages in a private PBwiki (this is a free feature of 2.0 wikis). 


Individual observations: Students record specific examples their internship and reflect how these experiences relate to current course material.  This can be private or include wiki-pair or teacher feedback. 


Web research - Students work on research project, summarizing their finding on a wiki page and list their web sources, articles, etc. on the wiki.  Peers can comment or add to the page