Featured wiki: Educational-Blogging

Linda Yollis started the Educational-Blogging wiki in November of 2009.

1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
I created the Educational Blogging Wiki in 2009 as a resource for teachers who are interested in having a classroom blog. The wiki includes class videos explaining the benefits of blogging, how to compose a quality comment, and the importance of the Creative Commons license. I chronicle the steps I’ve taken to teach my students how to compose quality comments and have tips to help teachers develop their own online communities. Included are links to other educational bloggers and sample posts organized by subject matter. I hope that teachers will find the wiki helpful and will open up their classrooms through educational blogging.

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
The widget button is a great feature. PowerPoints, calendars, videos, slide shows, maps, polls, and spreadsheets can easily be embedded in the wiki. Selecting a widget and pasting in the html code makes adding web 2.0 tools a snap!

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
I frequently get emails from teachers looking for advice about starting a classroom blog, teaching commenting skills, or making global connections. The wiki has proved to be a useful avenue for sharing information and learning from one another. The wiki’s navigation bar makes it easy for users to find the information they are looking for no matter what their level of blogging expertise.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
It is an exciting time in education. More and more teachers are looking to find meaningful ways to integrate technology in their classrooms. As I was formulating a presentation on educational blogging for my district, I realized how much important information there was to cover, and I only had one hour. Plus, the teachers who were attending my presentation ranged from total beginners to tech savvy pros. I thought to myself, “How can I deliver the full range of information and reach the needs of everyone?”

That’s when I realized I could easily assemble all the aspects of education blogging in one space, a Wikispace! Teachers can sort through the wiki’s menu bar and access the information they need with just a click.

5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
My wiki would say, “Technology is wonderful! Together, we are able to share our knowledge and help one another… 24/7!”

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  1. rhiati
    Posted November 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    je viens de découvrir ce nouveau moyen de travailler en groupe et de partager!! c’est extraordinaire!

  2. Posted December 2, 2011 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Wiki has been very helpful to me and to my students. Being a tutor, I’ve been able to teach my students how to compose quality ideas and have tips on how they can make their future bright.
    It has eased my lecture to them as most of the tasks I give them through the blog.

    Thanks to you Linda.

  3. Posted December 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    That’s cool.

  4. Fred Wilson
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    I use my wiki daily to post homework and many other things to help the students learn. Most of all, it’s a great way to get parents involved and underscore the fact that we’re a team with their child’s learning as our number one priority. They can see the homework and so much more and I don’t feel alone in educating their children.

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