Shawn Avery started the studentmathmovies wiki in March of 2011.
1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
Our wiki is a collaborative project aimed to share some of the amazing work happening in classrooms around the world. We focus on collecting math videos made by students that can be viewed and used as a teaching tool. We’ve sorted the wiki into different math strands so that it is easy to navigate to different math concepts.
2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
My favorite wiki feature is the ability to embed. It’s so quick and easy to add any number of different tools to a wiki. For this wiki, the ease in which we can add videos made Wikispaces the perfect place to host our site. We’ve also been able to easily add other great widgets as a Clustrmap and visitor feed.
3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
We knew we couldn’t be the only class making videos as part of our math curriculum. We wanted to find other classes that were doing the same so that we could share math videos with one another. Using a wiki has made it easy for a group of different teachers to be able to add new videos at any time. We’re really hoping that through the use of this wiki, we’ll continue to grow until we’re able to host thousands of student made math videos.
4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
When trying to figure out how to best go about creating this site, we went back and forth between blogs and wikis. We thought that with a blog, we’d be able to feature a different video in each post. However, after partaking in Jonah Salsich’s Kites Around the World project, it became clear to me that the ease in which we were able to all add on to the wiki would make it the best choice for Student Math Movies.
5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
I think I’d have many wikis talking to me all at once! I’ve found wikis to be such an easy way to create collaborative projects and now host quite a few of them. I think they’d all say that I’m dedicated to the field of education. Not only do I love teaching but I love the bond that educators share. We’re all always striving to be better and are always looking to share or learn new ideas. My wiki would say that it can tell there’s no other career I’d rather have!