My story: The TwitterEd wiki

The TwitterEd wiki is an online resource for educators interested in using Twitter as a teaching tool. We asked Shireen Richardson to tell us about it:

The “Twittered” wiki was set up following a Masters of Education unit, “New Technologies in Education and Training.” It was my component of a group project titled “Social Networking in Schools,” and was a huge learning curve for me. For a start, although I volunteered to look at using Twitter in education, I didn’t have a Twitter account, knew very little about Twitter, and had never used it before! (I have to give a lot of credit to Carol Cooper-Taylor, as it was her excellent YouTube clip, “Tweaking Twitter for Teachers,” that gave me my first understanding of Twitter.)

The group began by working in Google Docs, another “first” for me. Then, when the project became too large to manage, a wiki was established for ease of communication, organization, and collaboration. I had never used a wiki before. What I instantly loved about using a wiki was how easy it was to use and the fact that you could find really clear help topics and tutorials on what you wanted to do, as the need arose. Sadly, the group I was working with chose to submit the assignment in the form of a PowerPoint, with slides on each of the social networking components. Personally, I would have liked to have polished and submitted the wiki that we had used for collaboration. When the project was over, I thought it was a pity that work I had done would no longer have a purpose, hence the wiki “Twittered.”

Most recently, I have completed another study. For this, I have been working on extending my ICT knowledge and skills further by investigating how wikis can be used in literacy to engage students in text studies. I introduced my year 7 English students to wikis, which they have been using in response to their text, Chinese Cinderella. This project has been extremely successful. Every lesson, students ask if they can work on their wikis (almost beg!) and have even spent their after school time voluntarily working on them. For this study, I was required to produce and deliver a professional development session to colleagues, using PowerPoint. This has resulted in colleagues eagerly wanting to use wikis in their classes. Whilst constructing the PowerPoint, I was aware that if I had a choice of delivery, it would in fact be using a wiki and not PowerPoint. Therefore, I set up a wiki that could be used in future presentations or for colleagues wanting to revisit information from the session.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted November 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Can we see the Chinese Cinderella Wiki? My class are doing The Silver Sword and any ideas would be good.

  2. Frances Mora
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Wow ! I cannot believe I have even gotten this far to actually see your website. Like you , I have not really used Wiki but will try to stay connected to see how things are going in Kinder. Bravo to you!

  3. Shireen
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jay
    You can visit the Chinese Cinderella task wiki: http://chinesecinderellahy.wikispaces.com/ which will give you a clear idea of the types of tasks students undertook.
    However, due to student privacy provisions at my workplace, I am unable to provide access to the student wikis. Some screen shots of the student work are available: http://usingwikisfortextstudies.wikispaces.com/Case+studies+and+examples
    Cheers
    Shireen

  4. don
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Wow great ideas

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