Meet 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.
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!