Tricia Fuglestad started the Fugleflicks wiki in November of 2007.
1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
The Fugleflicks wiki has been a place to make resources available for art teachers. It began as a way to post my conference presentation resources when I talked about making movies with students. Then when art teachers began asking where to find our Fugleflicks, Student-Created Art-Related movies, I put together a rough index on the wiki and referred them back there again.
Then when teachers asked me how to create animation or green screen effects in movies I began a tutorial on the wiki to show them my tricks. I was able to add screencast tutorials, files they can download to practice with, and example movies. When teachers asked for advice on how to manage students for collaborative movie-making experiences, I added my advice on the wiki as well. Then when stories started coming in from teachers about how their students love to sing along with our Fugleflicks, I decided to encourage this with karaoke pages complete with audio tracks and lyrics.
Then when I heard that you can embed a glog into a wiki (boy does that sound nerdy) I had to try too. See it here.
During the summer I was asked to teach an animation workshop so the wiki grew again. This page includes everything I needed to help my students animate an original superhero story.
I also have a (shhhh) secret in progress page for my students where I post the song lyrics, audio tracks, storyboards, or anything they may want access to at home to prepare for movie-making at school.
2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
I love that I can embed video, audio, and attach files for others to download. I have been able to do so much with very little training with wikispaces.com to create a site that gives other art teachers access to my resources all in one location.
3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
My Favorite Wiki was designed for a collaborative art project: A Brush with Fame based on the travels of the award-winning brush actor, Young Sloppy Brush. He traveled to an art teacher’s classroom for one week to meet all the students and share his inspiring Fugleflick video and message about caring for paintbrushes. His wiki housed photos from his travels across the country, a google map that showed updates as he arrived in his next destination, his movie page with song lyrics and a karaoke version for singing along, a google schedule, a poster, and a history page to learn about why this brush was truly wonderful. Tragically YSB’s travels ended and he went missing mid school year. My students posted a video to help cope with the loss. We are still looking for information about his whereabouts.
4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
When I’m asked the same questions over and over again, the wikis give me a place to answer them and send the link.
I have many wikis now and they are all about sharing resources for educators. I love that I don’t need to send an email with link after link of references, but one link to a well thought out page of references. Here are some examples:
- Ideas for integrating technology in art
- List of tech equipment for the art room
- Ideas for using an interactive whiteboard in art class
- A list of great iPad/iPod apps for art education (co-authored by Suzanne Tiedemann, Theresa Gillespie)
5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
My many wikis: Fugleflicks, Fuglevision, Art is Interactive, Young Sloppy Brush, and iPads in Art, would all shout out in unison, “Please organize!”
It’s true, I would have to agree with them. Wikis are very easy to start and add to. So I’ve let mine just grow and grow. So, it would be nice if things were tidied up a bit so the resources can be found quicker.
But, for the most part, the wikis are happy to be up and running, they enjoy being of use, and complain very little. :)