Featured Wiki: We Are Room 1

Craig Kemp started the We Are Room 1 wiki in October of 2007.

1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
Weareroom1 is my class’s wikispace. We are a Year 5/6 Class at Grant’s Braes School in Dunedin, New Zealand. Our wikispace is a learning tool used daily by the children to share their learning with friends, family, and students and educators around the world. Our class wiki is an exciting, interactive tool that encourages the children to share their amazing new learning with others. We are currently learning what a global audience is and are excited to see so many views and hits from all over the world — it is great to get feedback from children and teachers. As well as the curriculum area pages and fun activities to do online, the children also have their own individual pages which they use to share their individual learning, like a mini blog. Our wikispace allows my students to have a 24/7 learning environment, and it is being used as such which is an exciting thing to see.

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
My favourite feature is the widget feature. The ability to add widgets has made our life SO much easier. There are new and exciting widgets coming out everyday that make learning so much more interactive and engaging. The children love to explore new widgets and use them on their pages to “spunk” up the look and feel of their learning. Adding our videos onto YouTube and being able to embed them easily and effectively as a video widget is great. I would encourage all wiki users to explore the widgets on our wiki and try them for themselves.

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
They are used everyday by the children. They are used as a resource for links and games during maths, spelling, writing, reading or inquiry. Also for collaborative activities or commenting / giving each other feedback. We always upload our learning to our pages with photos, videos and other interactive tools. Our new widgets give our global learning tool a new feel – we are now learning how we can best utilise our wikispace and learn from it. Anything collaborative the children pounce on and I often now found myself learning new things from them through our learning space online. It is an exciting time in their learning journey and as an educator I think it is my job to support them in this learning.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
I have used wikis for 3 years now and introduced them to my school — all classrooms now use them. The big “Aha” moment for me only came about a month ago when I realised that the children had reached a much wider audience than just mum and dad at home. I noticed that the wiki had become global and only through adding widgets did we discover just how popular it is. We have hooked up with schools all over the world via Skype and shared our learning with schools in every continent. It is SO exciting to see the children light up when they see a comment from someone in another school or country. It really inspires them to make their pages better and it inspires me to give them more opportunities to share their learning. It is truly inspirational and without the children’s motivation, the pages would have been forgotten about a long time ago. To see the children learning, sharing, collaborating with each other is one thing, but to see their willingness to improve and get better and to share with anyone around the world is truly remarkable. Having a global audience had made me continue to push boundaries with wikis…

5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
This guy never gives up – he spends a lot of time on here – does he have a life haha – I really enjoy it and it is a passion. It does take time, but it is worth it to see my students make huge gains, not only academically but with confidence. It is truly amazing. I think the wiki would wonder why there are so many people looking at it and maybe sometimes feel a little self-conscious, but with a bit of tweaking and doing up they feel confident again to go out and share their life with the world of educators and learners!!!

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4 Comments

  1. Posted May 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    GOSTEI DE FEATURED WIKI WE ARE ROOM 1 OBRIGADA MARIA

  2. Posted June 4, 2011 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Enjoyed reading this Feature. Thanks for the information Carole and wikispaces!

  3. Posted June 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to everyone for following the link and checking out our wiki – the children are so excited to see the hits coming in from all over the world :)

    Craig

  4. Diane Norbury
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Thanks for featuring this Wiki. I am in the process of trying to set up my first \Wiki for my class – also year 5/6.

    I am inspired by the contents of your Wiki and hope that my students will be as motivated as yours are.

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