Wikispaces Classroom Tour with Tim King: Shared Notes and Assessment

29958_391557800355_544680355_4497749_6109049_nMeet Tim King, Head of Computer Studies at Centre Wellington DHS in Fergus, Ontario, Canada. He recently discussed how he is using Wikispaces Classroom for sharing notes with his high school students on his blog, and it was so awesome that we invited him here to  show  other educators how to get going with a similar space for their own class.

It all begins on TEJ101morning, his Grade 9 Introduction to Computer Technology Survey course wiki, where he has created a Wikispaces Classroom environment for his students. (Wikispaces Classroom is our newest type of wiki that has extra goodies just for teachers, including a Newsfeed and an Assessment tool. If you already have a wiki, you can turn on the Classroom features by going to Settings->General page and choose “Classroom.” You’ll notice you now have a few extra features along the top, including the Assessment tool Tim highlighted. Feel free to check out our tutorial here to learn more.)

As a former English teacher, Tim was interested in helping improve the note-taking process with his students. To that end, he had each student pick a chapter of content from their eBook and create a separate wiki page for the portion they were responsible for. On each page, students typed their notes, inserted links, pictures and video while other  students read and edited each other’s. He noticed they were much more engaged in this note-taking process because they were sharing their notes with a  real audience.  During this course, he happened upon our Assessment tool.

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A picture from Tim King’s blog, http://ugdsbpd.blogspot.ca, showcasing his use of the Wikispaces Classroom Assessment tool.

The Assessment tool displays a list of all students in the course and shows their activity on the site in real-time, including when they are reading a page, editing content and everytime a page is saved. He showed it to his students and projected it on his screen during class to give his students instant feedback, which the students promptly got excited about, pushing themselves even further. At the end of this project, Tim noted that  his students’ actual grades improved.

Enough of us, Tim shows it so much better!

Want to see a step-by-step guide to building this kind of resource? Check out our 15-minute ride through getting the Assessment feature up and running for your students.

And a quick tour of the tool is below.

If you want to join us for an interactive, hands-on experience with the Assessment tool,  please join us for our 90-minute online course on using Wikispaces Classroom this week.

Make and Take: Wikispaces Classroom Online Course

90 minutes of hands-on exploration of a Wikispaces Classroom site. Learn how to interact with the Newsfeed, create Projects, and track student progress with Assessments. A longer session means more time to play, and you’ll even earn a Certificate of Completion afterwards!

Time: Wednesday, Dec 18th, 7pm Pacific Standard Time (Thursday, Dec. 19th, 2pm Sydney time) Click here to find out what time it will be for you!

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12 Comments

  1. April Dice
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Will you be offering another tutorial?

  2. Shirley T. Kearney
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    I am just to trying to familiarize myself with wikispaces. I am just able to get into wikispaces and seen in your blog being able to take a class during December 18-19, 2013. Is it anyway possible way that there will be another class to take? I am having problems with correcting a misspell name. I am also not able to download documentaries from youtube, for classes. Please let me know when there will be another class.

  3. Posted January 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I have never been one to shy away from new and innovative strategies that can be used in the classroom and it appears that wikis ( though am I am not familiar at all) seems to offer tremendous promise. The simple fact that wikis are great collaborative tools where students and teachers can interact instantaneously can revolutionize my classrooms. Like many teachers I find it extremely difficult at times to provide timely feedback on assessments as much as I would like to. In addition, I recognize that my students have grown highly dependent on me to provide all the information. In this way, the wiki would offer tremendous opportunity fro students to critique each other work and provide comments. An emerging culture of peer assessment can then be fostered within my school environment that would auger well for better classroom teaching.

  4. Posted February 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Wikis are amazing. I am convinced that this tool will provide the persuasion my students need to review their assignments. It is an interesting way of them gaining feedback from myself and each other. It allows for meaningful peer assessment, which i think will be most valuable to my students.

  5. wendy
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Kheisha, we think so too!

  6. wendy
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Love your ideas about peer assessment Nicola, let us know how it goes!

  7. wendy
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi Shirley! We will have another class, join us! wikiwebinars.wikispaces.com

  8. wendy
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    You bet April, sign up at wikiwebinars.wikispaces.com!

  9. Shawn Benjamin
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    Wikispaces can be used as an assessment tool especially in English Literature where students could share their notes and analyses on novels, poems and plays read. It is a powerful tool in which students could learn from each other. Task could be assigned to individual students on groups of students in interacting with the text and sharing with the entire class their thoughts about what was read. Since using wikispaces I could monitor members participation and the wiki could assess them this is indeed a powerful tool to use in assessment. Students could also share video clips, live performances, lectures from official sites using the wikispaces.

  10. Posted February 26, 2014 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    The simple truth that wikis are great collaborative tools where students and teachers can interact instantaneously can revolutionize my classrooms.

  11. Idilla . Ruffin
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I AM NEW AT THIS PROGRAM. THE WIKISPACETOOL SEEM TO BE VERY INTEREST TO WORK WTH. HOWEVER, AT THIS PRESENT TIME, THE STEP SEEM A LITTLE COMFUSING. HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION THAT WILL EXPLAIN THING TO ME MUCH CLEARLY, BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW HOW TOWORK WIKISPACE FOR MY CLASS ASSIGNMENTS. I AM A STUDENT AT UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX. HELP!

  12. wendy
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Hi Idilla! Thanks for contacting us. So glad you’re trying it out. You can watch archives of our step-by-step webinars at wikiwebinars.wikispaces.com and also sign up for live ones where you can watch and ask questions! Also feel free to come by wikisbacktoschool.wikispaces.com for more tutorials, and help.wikispaces.com. Good luck!

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