Wikid Wide Walls Workshop

Wiki Workshop

Wikid Wide Walls Workshop
Professional Development - Wikis
Time Frame:
1-2 Days
Small groups of teachers will complete a number of individual, pair, and group activities designed to help the explore a wide range of wikis and consider what role they might play in their students' learning.
  1. What is a wiki? (Jigsaw) - Teachers' create own definition
    • Jigsaw Resources:
    • Process:
      • Step 1 - Each teacher gets a different resource
      • Step 2 - Each teacher adds bullet notes to their resources' notes page
      • Step 3 - As a group of 4, Draft a definition on main page (have notes show up at the bottom of the main page)
      • Step 4 - Brainstorm affordances/constraints (make sure they know they'll come back to this later and only need a few ideas)
      • Step 5 - Handout Affordances/Constraints (Teachers/Students) - 4 quadrant chart for teachers to add notes to as they work on other parts of the workshop
  2. How have others used wikis?
  3. Wiki Basics - What project could they do? Profile?
    • Learn/Practice wiki editing skills in pairs
    • Practice 5 minute timer for switching
    • Practice "soccer rule"
    • Skills:
      • Create a new wiki (skip and do later?)
      • Have someone else join (skip and do later?)
      • Make page
      • Add text
      • Format text
      • Add images
      • Add other files
      • Links (internal/external)
      • Tagging?!
      • Recent Changes
    • Revisit affordances/constraints
    • Discuss affordances/constraints of students working with a partner
  4. Project Design Time - Modify Existing Plan/Project
  5. Classroom Wiki Design Time
  6. Q & A - Make sure participants know that this should be going on throughout the workshop, not to save their questions for the end. If there are questions that can't be addressed in the moment, model the use of a ThinkTank.
  7. Notes - as written, this is a very fast paced day long workshop. It would probably be better run a bit slower as a two day workshop. This would allow for more depth and time to collaborate on project development. Below are modifications to consider for a two day workshop:
    • Give teachers more time to look at existing uses of wikis and have them annotate 4-5 wikis/projects
    • Give teachers time to create the home page of their wiki, welcoming students, parents, and other educators
    • Demonstrate the use of tags for the navigation panel and give teachers time to implement this technique
      • Demonstrate the use of tags as a way to quickly create a list of wiki pages
    • Have educators work in pairs to create two projects, one for each classroom. Having a partner/editor can generate worthwhile discussions, interesting questions, and projects more likely to succeed the first time. It also will result in less technical questions and more time for the facilitator to focus on the projects being designed.
    • Have educators create a sample project. (They may or may not use this to help the students see what their final project might look like, but it will help them see where students might struggle and need more support or time.)
    • Have educators determine how they would assess this project and the students' process. (They may not want to assess the students very first project with this new tool, but it could be used for students to reflect on their projects at the end.)
  • To understand how wikis can be used for curricular projects
  • To understand the affordances/constraints of wikis
  • To learn basic wiki editing skills
  • To modify/create a project to use in the classroom in the next week or two
  • To observe a few pedagogy/management methods
  • You could assess the projects teachers design
  • You could assess the implementation of teachers' projects
  • You could assess the teachers' reflective editing of their project upon completion with the students
  • Links to teacher or student examples.


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