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Have students contribute to the learning process by creating a classroom wiki.
“Wikis are similar to websites in that they are ideal for delivering a wealth of content: pictures, text, hyperlinks to other pages, and multimedia such as sound. However, one important distinction between wikis and websites is that teachers can easily and frequently change the content of wikis, and grant permission to other people to change the content as well.” Wow – that one sentence helped me understand how powerful a wiki could be for me in my classroom.
This was an incredibly engaging article. I loved the resources provided, examples of how a wiki could work and implementing a unit using the wiki. I am still a little puzzled on how the work is actually turned in, but that is probably because I have never actually used a wiki hands-on. What an exciting new avenue for learning.
Sandy Gady (Renton, WA)
After learning about the importance of differentiated instruction this article discusses the use of technology that meets the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) technology standards for students with the use of wikis. A teacher can easily present and modify the content as needed. The article provides an excellent list of wikis hosting sites and provides an example of how to use a wiki for differentiation. This is an interesting idea.
Adah (San Antonio, TX)
This article offers a wealth of solid advice in how to set up wikis to differentiate science classroom content. The example described, however, is pretty simple for this age group, and lacks somewhat in its ability to demonstrate the true potential that wikis can serve in the classroom. Additionally, there appears to be an error in the final project instructions. The author makes up for this by offering numerous useful tips related to managing wikis.
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)
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