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!”