Gwyneth Jones started the Daring Librarian wiki in October of 2006.
1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
The Daring Librarian’s Steam Powered Wiki in a Digitally Shifted World is a professional development technology wiki to support the teachers and admin of Murray Hill Middle School in Laurel, Maryland (and all educators who are interested in Web 2.0, animation, tech-tips, building a PLN, and other various professional development information) in a easy to use, graphically charged Steampunk format. Though we don’t really want other schools to edit and add to our wiki — we’re building it as a closed school community — our creations are Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial, and Share Alike so any educator is free to copy and paste whole or multiple pages, as long as they follow the Creative Commons license.
2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
EMBEDDING widgets! I love me some widgets! From Gale/Cengage, World Book, SIRS, learning database widgets, Google doc forms, to Go!Animate and Xtranormal animations and videos, to the Sweet Search student resource box… embedding widgets on our pages brings them alive!
3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
Wikis are a daily source of communication and an invaluable tool to our program here at MHMS. We also have a MHMS Learning Wiki we use with kids & teachers for research projects, assignments, and community communication, and a MHTV wiki we use every day with our TV studio crew!
4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
When a teacher contacted me last minute to add some links to a research wiki page she had just created for her kids going into the computer lab. Knowing that I had them on another page, I quickly copied and pasted the whole page of links for her page in one fell swoop. This took about 40 seconds. This was four or so years ago and the whole amazement of not having to insert “link > name link > save link,” or have to write the “html <aref =” >” bit was just like, “WOW! So this is what the read-write-web is all about!!!” And really from then on I’ve evangelized how wonderful the world of Wikispaces is to teachers.
5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
I’d say on first glance it’s animated, colorful, quirky, and fun… then upon further inspection it’s rich, extensive, informative, illustrative, and jam packed with information coolness and geeky goodness! Heh heh and humility, yeah… that, too!