A Classroom Wiki Webquest

50 Greatest Rockers

Michele Haiken’s class, an elective for 7th and 8th graders on the history of rock and roll music, first began using Wikispaces after being introduced to it from a school computer coordinator. For their first project, they created a Webquest about the 1980’s rock and roll scene. “Students were required to research about music in the 1980s and design a rock exhibit for a rock and roll museum. Students worked in groups to create various products – feature articles, press releases, teaching and student guides, and museum calendars – explaining the exhibit highlights.”

This led to another project on the 50 All-Time Greatest Rockers. Each student was assigned a specific rock and roll artist to research, and was required to design a wikipage highlighting the artist. In addition, the class used the discussion pages available in Wikispaces for students to critique their classmates. “There had to be an entire mini-lesson on what was an appropriate response in the discussion section. The experience was useful. Looking though the discussions you will find that a lot of the students had great insights to add. And this insight went beyond `great page, cool graphics.'”

rock_wiki2.pngMichele said that they learned along the way how best to have students work together online in constructive and educational ways. After the first project, she decided to design the 50 Rocker product differently so that each student could be responsible for editing his own page. “As for photobuckets and other widgets, the students really showed me how to do that. Once one student started it, I asked how to do it, then taught other students. We were learning from each other – myself included.” And the learning continues as Michele is beginning new wiki projects for her classes this semester.

For more on webquests, you can check out the Classroom 2.0 Wiki Resources page. Under the “Books and Articles” section, there is an article called “The Student Webquest.”

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  1. Posted February 8, 2008 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Wow cool! What is the space named?

  2. Posted February 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    It is the Rock, Write, & Listen Wikispace at http://rockwritelisten.wikispaces.com/ .


  3. Posted February 8, 2008 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    I can not access with my Blogger Open Id :o(

  4. Posted February 9, 2008 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Tengo un problema y necesito ayuda:

    Se me está desconfigurando el wiki, desde que wikispaces ha modificado su apariencia en el editor.

    Estoy perdiendo los enlaces, y hay error en algunas viñetas. No me admite los cambios… No sé dónde radica el problema, pero cada vez que lo abro para incluir un nuevo contenido, se va otro. ¿Será problema de espacio? ¿Cómo lo puedo saber?


    P.D: Mi wiki es http://educadultos.wikispaces.com/

  5. Posted February 10, 2008 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Super job. I have just started using the Wiki with my 6th grade classes this year. It is wonderful.

  6. Bruce
    Posted February 10, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    what is a photo bucket?

  7. Posted February 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm | Permalink


    Para clarificación, ¿cuando usted trata modificar una página, no puede? ¿Hay sus palabras en página o no? ¿Hay una barra a la encima de su página con las herramientas modificadas o no?

    ¿Cuál está su Internet browser y versión? ¿Internet Explorer 7? ¿Firefox 2?

    Si quiere, puede mandarnos un e-mail a help@wikispaces.com y podemos ayudarse más en esta conversación.


  8. Posted February 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Permalink


    If you’re having trouble with an OpenID login, email us at help@wikispaces.com with the details and we’ll sort it out.

  9. Posted February 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm | Permalink


    Photobucket is a site that allows you to host your images on the web. You can embed slides of your photos on that site into your Wikispace. Photobucket’s website is http://photobucket.com/ . You can also take a look at how the Michele’s class used Photobucket by visiting her space above.


  10. Ms. Coleman-Director of Technology
    Posted February 14, 2008 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Dear All,

    This is terrific!
    Very Web 2.0!

    Outstanding work!

    Ms. Coleman
    Director of Technology
    City School District of New Rochelle

  11. Posted February 24, 2008 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I am just now learning about wikis and would like to be able to use them in my 3rd grade classroom. I would love to do a project similar to this for my reading. Where do I go to get training to learn how to do a project like this with my classroom?

  12. Posted February 25, 2008 at 2:20 pm | Permalink


    One place you can go to to find out what other educators are doing is http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com . As it is a wiki, you can edit the pages or ask questions of the members on the discussion forums.

    You could also go to this address: http://www.classroom20wiki.com/Resources . Under “Books and Articles” there’s a link to “The Student Webquest.”

    And of course, if anyone reads this thread, and have information and advice to add, feel free.


  13. Posted February 28, 2008 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a great idea! Check out what we are doing. Vean lo que estamos haciendo con los wikis en espanol!

    My Spanish classes are doing something very similar to this… we are using our wikis to learn vocabulary and grammar for Spanish and to post podcasts showcasing our oral language skills (or lack thereof!) in Spanish. The Wikispace is at sraburden.wikispaces.com .

    They also used photobucket (ditto on the student-led class for that!) to upload photos of friends and then wrote Spanish sentences to describe their friends and weekend activities. They also used music just for fun (some was supposed to be Spanish music…). Now we are using a Voki to hold conversations and next will be using the wiki to host a video that the students develop for a weather report for a Spanish speaking city and country so they can practice their vocab for weather and seasons. We still want to converse via the intra-wikispaces messaging with students from other countries or in the States who are Spanish students (sort of an ePenpals concept) but I haven’t had time to search for a teacher with a suitable group who is also interested in this.

  14. Posted March 1, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    You’re so awesome to come up with such a great idea like this. I may only be a 12th grade student, but I’m also a rock n’ roll music buff. I am utterly blown away just by reading about your project ideas! Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Posted March 3, 2008 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Great!! :) good idea to use wiki in the classroom.

    last year, i used wikispaces with 9th grade classes.
    i used wiki as a platform for webquest activities.(task)

    The findings were the participating learning behaviors in wiki in high level, and The opinions of students about using webquest and wiki in high level too (they liked it!!)

    anyway, it was better if menubar wasn’t in english :P
    (the secondary language of my student)

    C.Cha, Thailand

  16. Keith
    Posted March 3, 2008 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    This is just wonderful. As an ex-hippie from the 1960s and then a chemistry teacher and responsible adult with children (having seen Hendrix perform live along the way) I really liked this webquest. I’m now going to see how I can apply the idea to teaching science in the UK.

  17. Posted March 6, 2008 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Great idea! I bet the students loved it!

  18. Posted March 7, 2008 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea, well done! I thought you and others would be interested in our music integration program and web resource.

    When you get a chance check out our latest classroom projects and student Blogs regarding dreams, healthy risk-taking, tolerance, and forgiveness.

    Look for them near the very top of the Learning From Lyrics web page…



  19. gloria
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    hola a todos/as:

    es mi primera vez que estoy entrando a wikispace, me parece interesante lo seguire haciendo, he encontrados cosas que pueden ayudar a crecer en lo personal ademas en lo prfecional tambien, espero siempre tener herramientas en este espacio gracias.


  20. Posted March 13, 2008 at 1:52 pm | Permalink


    Gracias por sus palabras. Si necesita ayudar en comenzar a Wikispaces, puede ir a la ayuda española a http://www.wikispaces.com/help-spanish . También si tiene unas preguntas, puede mandarnos un e-mail a help@wikispaces.com.

    Buena suerte,

  21. betül
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    I think this site is very useful for students who really want to learn things from each other and work together I liked this webquest:)

  22. Josh
    Posted April 2, 2008 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    they need 1 4 hip hop, but this is awesome!

  23. Keizar
    Posted April 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Lucky!!, i wish i can do things like this at school, i love rock, especially the 1980’s rock. Oh well, greece is fun i geuss

  24. Posted May 20, 2008 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    This was a fantastic post. Thank you so much for sharing. I applaud the teachers facilitating the projects using wikis and webquests for instruction. All participants learned a great deal more than when they first started including the instructor. The topic seemed to really appeal to the students and motivated them to explore, research and create wonderful learning experiences. Kudos all around!

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