Featured Wiki: No Office Day

Shira Leibowitz started the No Office Day wiki in August of 2011.

1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
International No Office Day is a day — actually several days during the week of September 12 to accommodate different schedules — on which educational leaders will close our offices and spend the entire day with teachers and students in classes. It’s not the only day we’ll leave our offices. Indeed, resources being shared on our No Office Day wiki are energizing educational leaders to consider ways of spending many no office days and daily no office hours as well as stretching our thinking on ways of making time in classrooms more meaningful.

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
As a newbie to the wiki world, my favorite feature is among the most simple — the ability to add pages with tables on which people from anywhere in the world can easily post resources. The No Office Day wiki has provided educational leaders with an easily accessible location to collect and save ideas being shared on twitter and in educators’ blogs.

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
As Lower School Principal at Schechter Westchester, wikis and other web 2.0 tools have enabled me to collaborate creatively with our own faculty and educational leadership through wikis and Google Docs, our parents through our blog and web pages, and with educators throughout the world through Twitter, Nings, wikis, Linked-In and Facebook educational groups, and hangouts with educators on Google +. The ability to connect and share ideas far more readily both with individuals in our own school community and with educators throughout the world has immeasurably enriched my ability to serve students at Schechter Westchester. I am now enjoying introducing students to web 2.0 platforms such as Collaborize Classroom, Glogster, Twitter, and blogs.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
As momentum and excitement was building among educators on Twitter about No Office Day, I was learning immeasurably from colleagues’ tweets and blog posts. But, how could we promote No Office Day more broadly and collect the resources in one easily accessible place? My “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!” moment came when a colleague suggested we start a No Office Day wiki. I recently had begun using a wiki to share resources at Schechter Westchester and another wiki to collect resources for an instructional coaches’ chat I co-moderate on twitter. “Of course,” I thought. Our conversations, taking place on twitter and in blogs could be collected and saved on a wiki. While I had never organized a wiki before, I jumped in and learned by doing. I now have many more ideas about the possibilities for sharing on wikis.

5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
I’m a life-long learner energized by the possibilities educational technology tools offer to better serve my students. While I’m neither a “techie” nor a “digital native,” I am passionate about creative, collaborative learning both face to face and through web 2.0 platforms.

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One Comment

  1. Karen Everett
    Posted September 13, 2011 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Rabbi Shira Leibowitz is a cutting edge educator, embracing new technologies and educational techniques and directions, and implementing them into the Schechter Westchester Lower School. Her No Office Day effort has resulted in an atmosphere of collaboration and support among the faculty and children, which has made the environment for learning richer and more interesting and more successful for students and teachers, alike.

    Way to go, Shira!

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