Teachers: See Wikispaces Tomorrow at ETC

In the Sacramento, California area? Come see us tomorrow, Saturday 27 January! We’ll be presenting tomorrow at CTAP’s Educational Technology Conference in Roseville, California. Our 10:30 hands-on session will look at how wikis are thrilling students and teachers alike in classrooms around the world.

http://www.edtechnetwork.org/etc/

As always, we’ll be giving away free Plus wikis to K-12 teachers as fast as we can.

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13 Comments

  1. Posted February 8, 2007 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I wish there was a math editor built in.

  2. Posted February 9, 2007 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    David,

    There will be. Also, one of our users has come up with a plugin to use LaTeX to create complex formulas. Check out his page at:
    http://dbjlck.wikispaces.com/plugin+formula

  3. Susan
    Posted February 10, 2007 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Is there any way I can check who is on and/or for how long, in our classroom wiki even though the students might not contribute?

    I assess their wiki participation and I would like to base it on more than just what they contribute and what I see when I manage the space. True to classroom participation, some students participate by listening and taking in what they hear/observe.

    Some students were also asking me if there is any way to use varied fonts (like a handful of standard ones, ie: Arial, Times, Courrier, etc) like they do in emails, without having to know html.

    Nevertheless, wikis have certainly helped my students and I communicate with more ease and I feel like I am finally effectively available for them 24/7 outside the confines of the school.

    I will be putting on a workshop of my experiences with the wonderful world of wikis in a formalized setting to the rest of the staff and I will certainly be endorsing this method of educational collaboration.

    More than ever, I have been able to meet specific learning needs in a truly collaborative setting. The students dictate how to meet given curricular objectives. With a sense of contribution and ownership, students are more engaged in the learning process as a result.

    Thank you for making this free and easy and thank you for helping to restore my love of teaching!

  4. Posted February 10, 2007 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Susan,

    With regard to tracking when a student is “on”, we don’t track that because it’s very hard for us to give that information without any accuracy. Is the student at the web browser and reading? Have they just left themselves logged in while they are doing something else? We could theoretically tell you when they logged in and if they ever logged out but that’s unlikely to be particularly useful. It’s something we could investigate if we hear more teachers needing that kind of information.

    With regard to more formatting options like fonts, yes they are on our todo list.

    Great to hear things are going so well for you. We couldn’t agree more that contribution and ownership are keys to collaboration and therefore a productive learning process.

  5. George
    Posted February 21, 2007 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Susan,

    I am interested in hearing how your presentation to the staff goes. I am currently using the wiki to share documents among staff…trying to build an in-house best practice repository of sorts…slow out of the blocks but I think it will catch on.

    Good luck!

  6. Kendra
    Posted February 26, 2007 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I have a few classes and I’d like to keep them separate, but under one main wiki. Is there a way to organize discussions within each class? I don’t mind if they read each other’s posts, etc., but I would like to be able to move discussion threads around if need be.

  7. Posted March 12, 2007 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    How is it actually thrilling students?? ok they can edit and create new notes and articles.. but how is it thrilling?

  8. Posted March 12, 2007 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Have a look at http://www.wikispaces.com/Quotes
    There are some quick descriptions of how people have been “thrilled”.

  9. Posted March 15, 2007 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    It’s encouraging to see that there has been a good take up of the free Wikispaces so far. I would be interested in the demographics particularly to see how much coverage there is in the UK. We started using Wikispaces in October for a Foundation Degree course at the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. Since then I have piloted a wiki project with a group of Year 7 students in Calder High. And we’re now trying another wiki for students who are producing a school and community-wide newsletter.
    The students I spoke to found Wikispaces easy to use. They didn’t need any instructions on how to get started.
    I’m not a teacher. My role is more as an ICT Technician with responsibility for the school’s website and VLE. But I am trying to spread the word amongst teaching staff here about how easy wikis are to set up and manage (with the help of Wikispaces, of course).

  10. Posted March 15, 2007 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Diana,

    I can say anecdotally that the UK adoption has been very encouraging. We’re always open to idea of how to get things in front of more and more people though so if you know of organizations that could help, let us know.

  11. Posted March 18, 2007 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Here at Wedderburn, Victoria, Australia, we are finding lots of uses for wikispaces ranging from a portal for teachers and students to go to in order to access other wikis and educational information, to class repositories for work and lesson plans, to individual private wikis that are for students to use as their digital portfolio. We call them WikiFolios and we are trialling them this year with the Year 7,8 & 9 students. We too are very grateful to Adam and the team for allowing us the luxury of creating private wikis for our students. So far it has been a huge success and I am now run off my feet supporting teachers who want to use them in their class or have students add to their own. One teacher has just this minute come to say that she would like her students to create one on drug education in her Year 11 VCaL class. And she has already created a page from her class wiki to give all the instructions.
    Wiki-tastic !!!

  12. Posted March 26, 2007 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    i wish you would come and visit the MICCA conference in maryland some day! http://www.miccaonline.org/
    the next one is April 24th-26th…prolly too late for this year!~ but we LOVES the wikispaces here in MD! i use it with my teachers for PD and soon with my TV studio kids!
    http://mhmsmedia.wikispaces.com/
    keep up the great work!

  13. Posted June 16, 2007 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    me i use your website

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