Classroom Case Study: Room 14 Goes Mobile in Auckland

Students Using iPads

“It’s easier to type.”
“Fun to touch.”
“Easy to find pages.”

This is what the students in Amy McCauley’s room at Pinehill Elementary in Auckland, New Zealand said as they worked on their class wikis from their iPads. Amy’s doing a pretty extensive iPad roll-out this year and we were able to watch the progress unfold over Twitter. Students in particular really enjoyed the ability to use Wikispaces on their iPads “anywhere because the iPads are small and portable.”

We asked Amy to share a bit about her overall use of Wikispaces and how her students have fared with the new mobile experience. We hope it’s helpful to you as you roll out mobile devices in your own learning space.

How I use Wikispaces
Planning. I have all my planning (overviews, units and lessons) on a private wiki that my team all has access to. This is a great way for me to have all my planning online and easily accessible. I used to have all my elearning links in hundreds of different places (emails, bookmarks, written down!) and now I can link and have them all in one place! (Note: Amy’s school also has a great eLearning Resource wiki that you can check out!)

Class Wiki
We have our class wiki, which is really the central hub for all lesson plans, help, and supporting materials for their lessons. I post as much as possible so students can go and have a look when they need to. For example, if we have been discussing something in class, they can have another look at a related slideshow or website. I manage the space and my students add content in some places, all using their iPads.

Student Wikis
Students have their own Wikispace which I like to call their ebook. They have control over their own space. I run individual learning programs and within their weekly program they have allocated time to ‘publish’, which involves putting up content on their Wikispace. I also check these spaces and add comments as well as make notes. For example, this week as I have focused on their blogs and writing, I have notes to catch-up with various students and have left comments for them to make changes or move forward using the comment function.

Within their wikis, the students have each set up a blog page. As we don’t have email addresses for the students, I couldn’t find a blog site for the students that met all our needs. I got the students to set up a page called ‘blog’. Students are expected to blog at least once a week, reflecting on their learning. I have just put an RSS feed (thanks to the advanced webinar last month!) of each of their blogs on our class wiki. I have 6 featured blogs at the top!

Thanks Amy! We look forward to hearing more from you as you and your students bring iPads to the world of wikis.

Be sure to follow Room 14’s journey on Twitter.

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15 Comments

  1. raquel
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    i don’t understand how i can confirm my email

  2. Posted October 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Really am excited about your tiny classroom and students having so much creative and innovative experiences. Good for you. I am learning and will perhaps be copying as much as possible from your lesson here. Sincerely, Donna Blanco (Toronto, Canada). Secondary School teacher, technology education, Grade 9-we have recently obtained WI-FI at NEWTONBROOK SECONDARY SCHOOL.

  3. Fernando Guiñazu
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Que bueno es saber usar esta herramienta

  4. Lisa
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    All you have to do is open the email and a green bar comes up that says you are confirmed.

  5. Howe4
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    When created an account on Wikispaces You will receive an email link asking you to click and confirm.

  6. go here
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems
    of plagorism or copyright infringement? My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being stolen? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  7. death10mask
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    How i change my blog

  8. Kylie
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Type it in again in the box provided – it’s just to make sure you didn’t make a mistake typing it in the first time =)

  9. Posted October 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Could Ms. McCauley talk a bit about why she didn’t use the Wikispaces team features?

  10. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Great question, Christian– Projects is only on Wikispaces Private Label, and this is a Wikispaces.com account. Are you using the Projects features with your projects?

  11. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks!

  12. Taylor DeVoe
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    how do i confirm my email!!??

  13. Lauren Rickey
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I love what you’re doing with wiki and your class!

  14. Raylene
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    I was wondering how you set up your student blog? I am looking to have a “discussion board” aspect to my wiki so students to talk to each other and pose questions to each other. Is there a way I can do this?

  15. Jenn
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    This is my first experience with blogging. I am a pre-school teacher and am interested in ways to introduce technology to my students and their parents. Any suggestions?

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