Featured Wiki: Education Development Notes

Elena McKinlay started the Education Development Notes wiki in April of 2011.

1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
The Education Development Notes wiki is a resource designed for English teachers and development workers in western China. Separated across a large area, there is nevertheless a vibrant community of dedicated individuals and groups who, through this site, can find useful resources, share and discuss their own materials, and be inspired by what others are doing.

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
I really like the invite button. I can invite local and international teachers to share resources. I can invite development workers to view others’ projects. I can invite a group of volunteer student teachers to grab some materials for their countryside classes. I can send someone materials on how to write a funding proposal. I can put together foreign volunteers to collaborate on making materials designed specifically for local contexts.

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
As graduates go into the workforce, and as new foreign English teachers come to these areas, I send them the wiki so that they can start off with some locally-appropriate teaching resources. This saves a lot of time, and begins what is hopefully a sustained dialogue between teachers in different places.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
When I realized how easy it was to link to all of my favorite teaching and proposal writing websites on one page, and to add commentary on these resources.

5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
“Spend more time with me!”

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2 Comments

  1. Victoria Bolton
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I am teaching English at the American Language Institute at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY.
    I would love to start a wiki for the teachers here, as a resource and learning tool. Would it be possible for me to look at your wiki, as an example to show my director?
    Thank you,
    Victoria Bolton

  2. Posted August 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I teach ESL at a university in Seoul, Korea. As far as I know, I have developed the first wiki in my department to try to give students better resources. I would love to start one to help other other teachers share resources too.

    May I see your wiki? Thank you!

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