Showcase: Professional Development Wikis

We’ve heard from many of you that you’re always looking for more training and professional development resources. We’re excited to share with you some fantastic examples of how educators are using wikis to bring together their professional development resources. We hope they spark your creativity.

iPads and Professional Development at Buhler USD 313

Rosemary Miller, District Integration Technology Specialist from Buhler Unified School District 313 in Buhler, Kansas, uses wikis regularly to organize all of her professional development resources. One of Buhler’s wikis at http://buhleripads.wikispaces.com/ is a great example of this. You can find information on different apps for the iPad as well as how they’re being used in the classroom. Be sure to check out how they snazzed up their wiki with a custom Wikispaces theme and embedded graphics.

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Empowering Teachers to Empower Students

Helen Gooch, Instructional Technology Coordinator at Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools in Clarksville, Tenneesee, uses Wikispaces to “house all the technology we do here in the district as an exemplar of what is possible and a test bed for assisting teachers with their implementation.” Check out just one of their rich professional development wikis at http://empowerstudents.wikispaces.com/.

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Organize Workshops and Conferences

By sharing your PD resources and events on a wiki, your educators can easily reference, share, and engage with them. Melissa Shields from Etowah County Schools hosts her workshops on her wiki. Her teachers visit the site to find PowerPoints, exercises, checklists, and even how-to videos from her workshops.

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Manitou Springs School District uses a wiki for their Summer Learning Institute. There, attendees can find resources and activities for each event, work on them at their own pace, and return to them as needed throughout the year. Adrienne Michetti from the Australia International School of Singapore posts her workshop resources in one place as well.

We’ve highlighted a few ways people are using wikis to support their professional development, but we’d love to hear more. Let us know in the comments below. How do you PD?

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6 Comments

  1. Posted November 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Yay got a wiki !!!

  2. pommecannelle
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I try to learn how to use a wiki.

  3. omar arias morales
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    es importante que los educadores se capaciten para que posteriormente nos ayuden en cuestion de esto

  4. Julius_Afrifa-Yamoah
    Posted November 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your programs

  5. Sara Overton
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    I’m new to wikispaces. Maybe I’m confused, but is there really a need for niche-specific wikis? As a developer I get concerned when I see website categories branching off into their own niche sites. It dilutes the site concept and often leads to an excessive amount of resources.

    Take social networking for example or group buying. At the height of popularity of both of these website concepts it diluted the market and eventually led to most of the niche specific sites to go under.

  6. Posted January 30, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Thank u to be a new wikispace member. I will be trying to learn and use wikispace programme.

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