We love our user success stories. Lucky for us, there are plenty of them to go around! We hear them at our webinars, on Twitter, on the phone, in our email, and even in-person at events like the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Our team was on the ground in San Diego, and Wikispaces co-founder Adam Frey presented, along with educators extraordinaire Vicki Davis and Ben Curran, “The Wonderful Wide World of Wikis” to a full house of eager educators.
We asked a few folks we chatted with over the past month if they wouldn’t mind showcasing their Wikispaces sites to help spark educational brainstorming for all of you as the summer blazes forward. We’ll be sharing a few every week throughout the summer. For now, sit back in your hammock and enjoy!
Common Core Standards at Guilford County Public Schools
We know that educators are faced with quite a few initiatives every fall, and the latest Common Core Standards are on many teacher and administrator lists for September. We were thrilled to see Crystal Bailey of Guilford County Public Schools work on this gem of a standards site: http://gcscommoncore.wikispaces.com/
As you click through each of the well-organized buttons (which are always fun for creating navigation on your sites!) you can see the integrated Unit Plans that they have developed.
Race to the Top at Western Suffolk
Western Suffolk BOCES, one of our Private Label customers in Dix, New York, has created a separate wiki for their Race to the Top Workshop on the Common Core. A cool feature they’ve taken advantage of is our custom domain option. They have their new wikis under their own domain, making it super-easy for them to organize multiple wikis for their schools and district. Check out their resource wiki here:
ETS and the Common Core
Educational Testing Service, ETS, uses their Wikispaces site for a research initiative with the Common Core Standards at http://www.cbalwiki.ets.org. This site aims to “offer new insights into how best to design assessment, instruction and professional development so that they have maximum positive impact,” according to Paul Deane, Principal Research Scientist, ETS Research and Development Division. We love how it’s organized and can definitely see how it can be a resource for schools and administrators planning to use wikis to house their standards initiatives in the coming year.
There are heaps of great resources out there, so do continue to share your ideas and best practices with us for your standards-based initiatives! Feel free to share in the comments below, by tweeting us @wikispaces, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and joining in one of our upcoming webinars.