“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!)
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.
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.