Who Are You and What Are You Doing?

In our recent mailing, we asked to hear from you – how you ended up using Wikispaces, and what motivated you to stick around and keep using it. And hear we did. In several future blog posts, we will be highlighting some of the responses we received, showing you the diverse ways that you are using Wikispaces.

Troy Hicks, a professor at Central Michigan University, is using wikis to plan and teach his courses. He has been involved with wikis for over a year. Before joining CMU’s faculty, he and other teachers at the Red Cedar Writing Project at Michigan State University began their own project, a wiki “by writing teachers, for writing teachers.” A year later, their space is going strong. They have used it as a place to post workshop outlines, share notes from conferences, link to blogs they are following, and start book lists. It has become one of the primary spaces in which these teachers collaborate to plan workshops and events for the Red Cedar Writing Project.

Of his experience with Wikispaces, Troy says, “Wikispaces is a part of my everyday life as a teacher and teacher educator, and I thank you for the outstanding service that you have created.”

Check it out as a resource for writing or for getting ideas on how to expand your own collaboration.

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49 Comments

  1. Posted October 3, 2007 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    I am currently using this space for a place my students can discuss books we are currently reading in class. We are about to finish a book called the Sign of the Beaver. When we are done, students will go to the discussion page and answer several open ended questions. I am looking forward to hearing their replies.

  2. Posted October 3, 2007 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I’m Emma. I’m in the school, PIE (Partners In Education). It’s a ‘home’school program.
    My teacher sent this to us, thinking it would be a good way to get together with other homeschool kids. I think it’s pretty sweet!

  3. rgkirby
    Posted October 3, 2007 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    I am currently working on a presentation for professional development using web2.0 tools for the teacher. I hope to receive ideas from others in order to provide my teachers with the best of the web.

  4. rgkirby
    Posted October 3, 2007 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for suggestions from other teachers on how they use wikispaces in their classrooms.

  5. ldhurd
    Posted October 3, 2007 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I am a graduate nursing student in the Masters degree program. My educational focus is in Administration and Education. Participation in this WIKI space is part of a class project in which the instructor is introducing the class to the use of technology in education. I hope to learn more about the use of WIKI spaces and possibly incorporate them into my future teaching role and well as their use in my current nursing practice.

  6. Sticksaflame
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    I am a part time musical teacher, peformer, writer, full time truck driver. I am an older person with very little knowelge on the internet. I What to learn how to use a web site and the internet to expend my knowlegd. For example I know that people are using the internet to put there music out their for other with out Record Labels.
    I want to keep up on new things in order to keep up with my own students. I don’t even have a I Pod.
    Sticks

  7. Posted October 4, 2007 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    rgkirby,

    You can find more on educational wikis, how teachers are using them, their suggestions, and more on our Educational Wikis space: http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com. Cheers.

  8. karren
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I am a coordinator and trainer at an adult learning centre and we are using wikis for both staff and classes. For classes we are using them for communication as well as for posting class notes etc., so that when participants miss classes they can visit the wiki and keep up to date. We are currently developing some wikis as assessment tools for some of our classes. The staff of the organisation are using wikis also as a communication tool, but more importantly as a tool for reviewing policies and procedures. Draft policies will be posted for review periods and for comment (as a consultation process) that will be documented electronically. I really love wikis, and I can see the many different applications for their use, I’m really excited to use them in various ways in the future and I find it interesting reading how others are using them. Cheers

  9. Salmon
    Posted October 4, 2007 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I have just started using Wiki’s this past week. It was introduced by my English 12 teacher. She is using it as a way to incorporate technology into her lesson plans. It is still confusing, but I think once we get the hang of it, I will like and use wiki’s.

  10. Angela George
    Posted October 5, 2007 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    After attending a session on wikis at MACUL in Detroit last spring, I began introducing wikis this year. First I introduced wikis to our tech team and computer lab coordinators so we could put everything on one page so to speak rather than using dozens of emails.

    Next, I am working towards grade level teacher wikis for greater collaboration on sharing grade level best practices
    in integrating technology.

    Then a few days ago spend hours consolidating all of the notes coming out of our county-wide technology advisory committe and creating a special wiki to keep teachers, parent, and administrators updated on county-wide technology initiatives including items specific to our district.
    frasertech.wikispaces.com
    After completing this page, I discovered that wikispaces is blocked by Bess.

    Has anyone encounter this problem in their district?

  11. Posted October 5, 2007 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    I learnt a little about wikispaces at an etime workshop yesterday. I see there are quite a few ways I can use it with my NESB students, especially in helping them keep their families up with what they are doing at school.

  12. Posted October 5, 2007 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I see some good possibilities for using wikispaces in my teaching.

  13. Posted October 5, 2007 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I am cameron Franklin and I have been an educator for over thirty years.
    I am taking this class in technology to help enhance my teaching performance in physical education and health education.Technology is a new tool for me an other physical education teachers. Most physical education teachers do not have access to technology in there daily setting.

  14. Posted October 5, 2007 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    When I started using wikispace it was confusing. I will continue to practice or should I say use it until it become easy.

  15. lemoda
    Posted October 5, 2007 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I am a 2nd Foreign Language department Head in a Private school and we are using wikis to integrate technology in our classrooms, to maximize our lesson time and to build resources on line :

    1) We have wireless internet and LCD projectors in every classroom and therefore we can use our websites as a digital platform. Everything related to the class is on the web such as Word documents, powerpoint, Student’s recording, authentic text or pictures used in class. In French German or Spanish call we record our students (individual or group ) and we can place the recording on line so that they can listen to it again. They can give feedback on their performance.

    2) We do not have enought time in class. Time cannot be bought. Therefore using a web platfrom create curiosity and excitement as it is a continuation of the classroom in cyberspace. Students can place their homework on line such as powerpoint presentation. For example on Monday morning I do not need to collect powerpoints presentation on CD’s students place them online themselves. If they are absent they can see what we have done or they can still turn in their project without coming to school

    3) We can store our own resources created by us. Students are given more responsibility and they contribute to our web and to their learning. They have access to more resources. Students can reflect on their work. We gain a lot of time.

    Ä°stanbul Turkey

  16. Posted October 5, 2007 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Im Kristian. I have been using wikispaces to engage students at Tauntons College (16-19) studying on a sports course. We have a number of different projects currently running. In addition to the academic aspects of the course, we are using the wiki to coordinate a charity concept called the ‘Panini Project.’ Students are trying to gather old football/soccer from the English Premiership teams shirts to send to Tanzania football/schools soccer teams.

    So far I have been very impressed at how the students have tackled the project and taken ownership. The wiki is then used to track, record and market their ideas.

  17. Peter
    Posted October 6, 2007 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    I work as an instructor at a trade school
    Saw ‘Shift Happens’ video earlier this year.
    Finally had to join wiki to get download version.
    Our establishment has you-tube blocked.
    I submitted URL to assistant director but did not get reply to my suggestions.
    Haven’t been told not to show it (I’ll ask for forgiveness later if I need to)
    Not sure what I’m going to do here yet as its new to me.

  18. Posted October 8, 2007 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    I have been using the space for a high school professional development development grup at the high school where I am based – but I’m actually from higher ed (NJIT) and have used wikis for various projects.

    I have my grad students using one in a course right now.

    I started with an installation of Mediawiki at http://devel2.njit.edu/mediawiki/ whic becamse a kind of metawiki – a wiki about wikis in order to introduces instructors about wiki use.

    The Wikispaces use I’m excited about currently is at http://endoftheessay.wikispaces.com/ It’s a wiki I created for a colleague at NJIT, Norbert Elliot, in order to complement a podcast series we have done. We are trying to turn the podcasts into an interactive project. Anyone who uis involved in writing in a school setting might be interested in checking out the podcasts and contributing to the conversation online.

  19. Posted October 8, 2007 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Hi, I am Janet and I am a professor at Point Park University. I teach Educational Technology to pre-teachers. The districts surrounding our University (where my students will student teach) have changed their curriculum to use wiki’s more than they use websites. For this reason I have integrated wiki’s into this course to update our coverage of what teachers know in order to be the most effective teacher.

  20. Posted October 8, 2007 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    I teach senior high school science in NZ. This subject does not have many textbook resources, so I set up a wikispace so that teachers at other schools can share the stuff I put up and I am hoping they might contribute in their areas of expertise. I have an interest in geology, so I have put stuff on this part of the curriculum that I hope is useful for others. I am hoping that other people with particular interests might help e.g. it would be great to have someone with expertise in NZ flora and fauna or in astronomy to help.

  21. Brittany
    Posted October 9, 2007 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I have joined wikispace because I understand that through this site I can recieve a better understanding of the materical that we go over inclass, as I communicate with other wiki users. Together everyone accomplishes more.

    “In all you getting Get understanding”

    IAAH
    It’s all About HIM

  22. Trudine
    Posted October 10, 2007 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Good Morning Everyone,

    This oppotunity sparked my interest as I have education in the Social Science field and currently am a professional participant with a Faculty of Human and Social Development in B.C.

    As a mother of a middle adolescent high school daughter, I am interested in the curriculum that is provided to her. Although we are proud she is an A student, I am feeling that curriculum does not challenge her enough in some aspects.

    I am interested to hear from other teachers how they are feeling about high school curriculum from Grade 8 to 12.

    To close, I live in Northern Canada.

    Trudine

  23. Posted October 10, 2007 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Hello Everyone,

    How exciting to see all the ways that others are using wikis in their work!

    Angela – have you asked your tech director at school to lift the filter for just your domain? Sometimes that is an option. Sorry to hear that it didn’t work for Peter, but perhaps you can give it a try.

    Sarah – I will share your educationalwikis wiki with my pre-service teachers in class and other teachers in professional development sessions.

    Good luck to all of you in your teaching and learning with wikis.

    Troy

  24. marcus the great
    Posted October 10, 2007 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    i’m just getting started but interested in how our school can use it to supplement mtgs or keep people up to speed w/ issues.

    mtg

  25. melina
    Posted October 10, 2007 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I learned about wikispaces when my teacher mrs.french and miss locklear gave us a sticker that tells us how and where to go to laern about this program.I love this program because you get to make a space and learn things.and i get to talk to my friends at south veiw middle school {where i go to school}.all my friends told me about and when i got on i LOVED IT.

    MELINA HENRY{AT SOUTH VEIW MIDDLE SCHOOL/HOPE MILLS NC}

  26. Posted October 10, 2007 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m Robert Rozema, and I’m an English education professor at Grand Valley State University. My students (pre-service English teachers) use Wikispace to review Young Adult texts they are reading for my course. The site has been around for about six months now and it is improving all the time. One question: can we get some additional templates? The options are a little dull!

  27. Reuven Werber
    Posted October 11, 2007 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    This is the second year we are using wikispaces wikis at Neveh Channah HS at Gush Etzion, Israel.
    Last year we carried out a collaborative learning project with a class at Lower Canada College – From Jerusalem to Montreal – http://jerusalem.wikispaces.com/.
    Two 10th grade English classes wrote their English Language matriculation project on a wiki – Movers and Shakers – http://movers-and-shakers.wikispaces.com/

    This year we have begun to run a collaborative project with Weber Jewish School in Atlanta – Faces of Israel – http://israel-faces.wikispaces.com/

    Our tenth grade classes have begun to write a book on the weekly Torah portions (in Hebrew) – http://nc-parsha.wikispaces.com/ .
    Our social activities staff has created a wiki to plan and coordinate their activities for the whole year.
    Our wikispaces wikis have become a very important part of our school scene.

  28. leanna Stringer
    Posted October 11, 2007 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I’m Leanna Stringer, an assistant principal at Lumberton High School. I set up a wiki to have a place the staff can ask questions about eduphoria and help each other. Hopefully relieve a tech person from answering the same question over and over again in a thousand emails. I will let you know how it goes. I did have to ask my tech department to unblock wikispaces.

  29. Posted October 12, 2007 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I teach American Government and American History at a school with all laptops and no textbooks in Tucson, Arizona. I’m working to get up to speed with Wikis and Blogs (one of my wiki attempts is at http://historical-inquiry-and-edtech.wikispaces.com/) and my blog linked through my name.

    I am looking to collaborate with anyone — ANYONE — who is interested in leveraging technology and solid teaching practices… I see the two as working together in the best situations.

    Drop me a note if you’re interested.

    jdg

  30. Jan W
    Posted October 13, 2007 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    This is my first day using wikispaces….. I am a teacher in Rangeley Maine and just attended an awesome conference (ACTEM) http://www.actem.org/Pages/index. I have learned about blogs, podcasting, RSS feeds, and screencasting. I can’t wait to get started yet have no one to guide me through this process so bare with me if my blog etiquette is incorrect. Thanks for listening and thanks to ACTEM I am on wikispaces.

  31. Posted October 13, 2007 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I teach English in a private school in Brazil and I’m hoping to use some wikis to help my students to remember new vocabulary as well as have a place to post some of the activities they do with me in class. At the moment It is really me who updates the wikis but I hope as my students get used to the idea they will change it more themselves too.

  32. Posted October 14, 2007 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I use wikispaces for lots of things. Last year, I was in a multinational project called 1001 Tales of the Alien King. This Year, I’m running a multischool project called Monsters, and have wiki pages for comments, ideas, and general sharing among teachers. Besides teaching elementary, I also teach online educational technology classes and use wikispaces.com as an example of how to make great use of a wiki in the classroom.

    smithmonsters.wikispaces.com

    Terry

  33. Posted October 14, 2007 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m using wikispaces in a variety of ways. I have a space that serves as my primary method of presenting my teaching credentials, one for secondary schools (http://pastinson.wikispaces.com) and another for an adjunct higher ed position (http://stinson.wikispaces.com). I’m also using it as the primary website for a conference I’m responsible for (http://measurementsummit07.wikispaces.com) and as a place for organizational development interventions (see http://cgmlca.wikispaces.com/conflict).

    I have tried a few other wikis (PB Wikis and Zoho Wikis to name two), but I seem to gravitate to Wikispaces whenever I consider building a new wiki.

  34. Posted October 15, 2007 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Robert,

    More themes are definitely on the way. Stay tuned.

  35. Posted October 16, 2007 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    I am an MFL teacher in the UK and have established a few Wikis to help both student and staff delevopment. We have one Wiki linking us with a school in Mexico so that students of Spanish and English are able to communicate and share information about language and culture.
    I have also created a Wiki to help support colleagues in our cluster primary schools to access materials and share support with MFL teaching at Key Stages 1 & 2.
    A third Wiki is used within our school for sharing good practice with Teaching and Learning. It’s an amazingly powerful tool and I’m pleased to be spreading the word to my colleagues and students!!

  36. Posted October 17, 2007 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    I’m the director of an after school religious school program at a synagogue. I use the wiki as my major communication with parents. Each grade and teacher has a page that we update weekly. I also have links to community events, websites of interest,etc. I do send a weekly reminder to parents to check the wiki – but its SO much better than the lengthly e-mails I had been sending where everyone had to wade through everything to get the info they needed.

  37. Teresa
    Posted October 21, 2007 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    I am currently working with the PGCE ICT secondary programme at Reading University. We have used a wiki last year and again this year, to encourage the students to introduce themselves to one another, and to collaborate on a task before they start the course AND continue using it during the year to collaborate and exchange ideas when they are in their placement schools. They are currently using it as a central point to discuss and support one another to complete a set of advanced ICT practical tasks.

    I have introduced them to some of my own students at school and tried out a wiki, so that I can use them as collaborative spaces to continue learning beyond the school day.

  38. Posted October 23, 2007 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    I teach High School math for a huge distrcit in Southeast Pa. I just started using wikis this school year 07-08 and absolutely love it. We now have a wiki for our math dept which includes 30 teachers. 3 of our teachers have made wikis and one has some really great discussions on it.
    I have posted “notes” and “handouts” all on line. I’d like to get better at putting math projects on my wiki. I am currently searching for math projects on wikis, that would be beneficial to my students.
    Dept wiki – http://e134.wikispaces.com/
    My wiki – http://makematheasy.wikispaces.com/
    Stat teacher’s wiki – http://mrcstat.wikispaces.com/
    Math Coach’s wiki – http://ponderosa.wikispaces.com/

    Keep up the great work on improving wikis!!!

  39. Posted October 25, 2007 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    I am currently using the wiki space to inform teachers about new ways to use Web 2.0. It will contain basic Web 2.0 information, web sites, tools, research, and valued Professional Development. I plan to help teachers integrate technology with class lessons.

    my Wiki: Tools For Teachers marilynjb

  40. Posted October 25, 2007 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    I am running a wiki space for AP Environmental Science teachers around the globe. I am hoping to get other APES educators to contribute links, activities, and labs for other teachers to use. One of the powers of this space is that we can design non-geographically specific labs; have particapting schools carry out these labs and share data from around the world that could be analyzed in class or shared with AP Economic and AP Stats teachers.

  41. Posted October 30, 2007 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    I am using wikispaces to put together a collaborative class notebook for my 8th grade American History class. I have a volunteer each week post the week’s notes to the site and an editor check for spelling and grammar errors as well as work on style and format. The note “poster” is also responsible for adding in links to appropriate and pertinent websites that provide additional/background information on the subject material. I have even had kids figure out on their own how to imbed video into our class notebook which is really exciting to me. This is my first year using wikispaces and it has been truly beneficial so far. I would love any comments or suggestions as to how to make my site better. Thanks!

  42. Posted October 30, 2007 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi
    I was attending the E-Learning showcase and other workshops sponsored by SITAC and wikispace came into the topic all the time.

    In the E-Learning Showcase, we were shown some of the topics discussed or presented on that same day – and it was good to see some of the presentations in our own time and pace (as some of the presentations were a bit fast due to time constraints).

    I decided to join wikispaces so I can view some of what happened in the conference and I can see the benefit for myself and my students.

  43. Mrs. D
    Posted October 31, 2007 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I am a principal who thought it was about time that I learned about wikispaces so I could keep up with the kids! One of our Science teachers has created a great space for kids to use to learn more about topics being studied and I wanted to be a part of it!

  44. Posted October 31, 2007 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Howdy,
    My name is Dr. Jesse Reich and I’m pushing the boundaries of teaching with technology in my chemistry class. I’ve already used this space to add videos, link to my blog, post my assignment, I’ve used it for a time line project, a PowerPoint project and I’ll keep thinking of more stuff to add. It’s been a real bonus to my class and I feel I’m helping to build a host of skills for and with my high school sophomores.

  45. Fe Dumapias
    Posted November 1, 2007 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Hi, my name is Fe and I am doing this as part of a class activity. I am a teacher who has never used WIKI before but it looks like it is something I would like to incorporate in my classroom and teaching.

  46. Fe Dumapias
    Posted November 1, 2007 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I would like to hear from other teachers who are new to WIKI and how they are incorporating it into their classes.

  47. Posted November 3, 2007 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I have just started a site to address the interests of teachers who work in jails and prisons.

    “This wiki site has been established to advance the interests of correctional teachers who work jails and prisons or with our high risk population everywhere. It has no political affiliation and no association to any government, university or policy department. It is owned, developed and modified by teachers like you.

    The purpose of this forum is to link correctional educators and to advance the interests of teachers, students and our community.”

    I am keen on promoting the site. thanks for such a great service wikispaces! christoph

  48. Posted November 30, 2007 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Greetings, my name is Baudelaire13, and I recently opened a space called Beatrix Baudelaire’s Gothic Academy. I love roleplaying, so I decided to make and manage a space where I could roleplay with other people.
    What is different about my roleplaying, is that when creating a profile, you must be very literate, and not use cyber-slang or slang, unless your character uses the latter in dialogue. Also, your character’s(s’) name(s) must have something to do with Literature, the Sciences, the Arts; enriching things like that.

    The purpose of this Wikispace is to promote more literate roleplaying, and to educate more people about famouse literature figures.

    So far, there is only one active member, and she is very enthusiastic! She already made two characters, and frequently submits continuations to the roleplaying post.

    I am very set on promoting this space and spreading the word around, so if you’ll join, i will be everlastingly grateful. My website is beatrixbaudelairesgothicacademy.wikispaces.com.

    By the way, thank you Wikispaces, for creating this network, and my roleplaying name is Beatrix(for Beatrix Potter), and Baudelaire(for Charles Baudelaire.)

    Baudelaire13

  49. Posted April 20, 2008 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I am an EFL teacher to speakers of Hebrew at a high school in Israel. I have a wiki space for each of my 6 classes as a supplement to Moodle and ning social network blogging. My students use their wiki pages as electronic notebooks instead of hard copy notebooks. They claim their writing has improved (and the result of their exams confirm it) because they are able to see their errors and the corrected versions side by side due to the highlighted features of wikispaces.

    I also use wikispaces to coordinate an online English journal for EFL/ESL teachers called the etnirag. Teachers are able to brainstorm, write articles, and edit collaboratively.

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