This month, we encourage you to check out three award-winning educational wikis on Wikispaces. These wikis have been used to interact with schools from around the world, share classroom activity, and turn online class notes into end-of-year exams. They’re great examples of how wikis can be used to create engaging learning experiences.
Below are the winner and runners-up of the Edublogs Best Educational Wikis of 2009:
Arjana Blazic’s wiki bridges different cultures and continents by allowing educators and students to share their stories and cultures with others. Using tools like Glogster, students from around the world interact with their peers through images, videos, and text.
Arjana loves using Wikispaces for this project: “Of all the Web 2.0 tools that I’ve learned about, I love Wikispaces the most because it conveys the true essence of Web 2.0 – collaboration! It’s amazing how easily we can work with students and teachers from all parts of the world…What’s more, even teachers that aren’t tech-savvy can easily use it and keep it running smoothly.”
Katie Heissenbuttel created this wiki for her fourth grade classroom. Over the past year, Katie has enjoyed watching her students’ discussions develop. Initially, students only answered Katie’s questions on the wiki but they soon began to comment and respond to their peers’ postings.
As you visit the wiki, you’ll find student podcasts covering recent news events and individual pages showcasing each student’s work. Katie’s students are always excited to share their latest projects with their parents and parents really love the page of upcoming homework assignments. It’s a great example of how a wiki can transform learning into a community process.
Ben Miller, a teacher at the University of New South Wales, wanted his students to build learning materials for his course. He decided a wiki was the best platform to capture the group’s work over the semester. Ben chose to create his wiki on UNSW’s Wikispaces Private Label site as it gave his students a university-branded environment for their academic work.
Students loved the wiki and after several weeks, were building most of the content for the site – summarizing theories on free speech, arguing their viewpoints, and highlighting censorship cases that they wanted to further explore. The final product was a rich body of knowledge that helped the students prepare for their end-of-year exam. We encourage you to check out this wiki and listen to Ben’s discussion about his wiki project.