Best Educational Wikis of 2009

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:

Greetings From The World

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.

Soar 2 New Heights

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.

HUMS3001: Censorship and Responsibility

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.

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13 Comments

  1. EveMatlildaStafford
    Posted January 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I can;t seem to get the hang of setting up page navigation the way the UNSW site did. Everything I tried failed. Eve

  2. Posted January 30, 2010 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    In spanish please!!

    Reciently, i have a very good experience with my wiki in my job!! (professor to ethical habilities: http://decision-etica.wikispaces.com/

    I need comunication with you

    thanks

    Miguel Castro
    Professor
    University of Chile

  3. Lara Kolb
    Posted January 30, 2010 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    I am teaching IB English 9 in Virginia and I would love to learn to Wiki as a classroom learning tool–as well as helping to make my classroom paperless. Any suggestions for getting started mid-years?

  4. Keltie Coad
    Posted January 30, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Hi, How did Katie set up her discussion board? I would love to do that in my ESL class. Your site looks fabulous Katie. I see I have a long way to go before I’m using the wiki to its full potential.

    Keltie Coad
    ESL Instructor.

  5. Posted January 30, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi there
    I enjoy following your site.
    How can I enter the ‘Best Educational Wiki’s of 2010′ competition please?
    Any help appreciated.
    Thanks
    Kimbra

  6. Tarek Seif
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Hello. I’m a teacher of English at a Preparatory school.
    I admire the ideas of the wiki and I want some ready made
    projects to make good use of them .
    Iwould be grateful for your help.
    Note : I’ve a scholar at Glasgow University 2001.

  7. Posted February 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    When it comes to winning awards for one’s educational wiki, how does one go about that?

    Bill Vititow

  8. rizza malagum
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Wikis is really relevant to my studies. It serve as great facilitator to my study. Especially, when I’ve conducted a kind of research.

  9. Posted February 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Kimbra and Bill,

    The Best Educational Wikis competition is run by Edublogs. You can find more information about it at: http://edublogawards.com/2009/best-educational-wiki-2009/.

    Sarah

  10. Posted February 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Miguel,

    ¿Cómo podemos ayudarle? ¿Buscó para ejemplos de wikis en español? Por ir a http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com, puede encontrar una lista de ejemplos. Puede buscarla para wikis en español o para los cursos de universidades.

    Saludos,
    Sarah

  11. Debbie
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi Eve,

    The UNSW site is also using a custom theme that changes how the navigation looks a bit. You can find tips for customizing your wiki’s theme here: http://www.wikispaces.com/Theme+Customizations If you have any further questions about customizing your wiki’s theme let us know at help@wikispaces.com

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  12. Debbie
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lara Kolb,

    Check out http://www.wikispaces.com/help+Teachers for some teacher tips. You can also find some great example wikis here: http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/

    Cheers,
    Debbie

  13. Debbie
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi Tarek Seif,

    You can find some great example wikis to look at here: http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/

    Cheers,
    Debbie

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