Featured Wikispaces Organizer: Clemencia Acevedo

Wikispaces user Clemencia Acevedo

We recently caught up with Clemencia Acevedo, who is a teacher at MS325 Urban Science Academy, Bronx, NY. She presented at Fordham Graduate School of Education’s Digital Literacies Conference about using wikis to help students write informational essays (her presentation slides). Check out our Q&A with her below.

1. Briefly describe your wiki, and what you use it for:
I created a wiki for my science 7th grade students for the school year 2014-2015, as well as one for English Language Learners (ELLs). My goal was to provide a platform for my students to easily access engaging, difficult and grade level readings and scaffold them with additional visuals, images and videos. I also wanted to give my students an online space to answer questions based on readings done in class and at home. This served as additional scaffolding since students viewed each other’s responses. Students also referred to wikis for major assignment directions in case they lost the printed handouts.

However, I realized over the school year that wikis were a great platform for students to post their finished products, such as PowerPoint Presentations, digital posters and essays. In the spring, my students used Wikispaces to share their essays and digital posters on body systems. At the end of our journey, they were able to review and admire each other’s work.

2. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
When I first started teaching, I was concerned that many of our middle school students didn’t organize their reading and task handouts, often misplacing or losing them altogether. After I started posting readings and assignments on wikis, these students began to review the wikis in order to understand the assignments. This saved me time and energy from re-explaining. Those were the moments when I said, “Aha, this is why I use wikis.”

3. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
I love the homepage discussion feature because it allows me to write brief messages about homework with links, reminders and clarification about a task or assignment. This feature offers the option to send messages to student’s emails. Some parents are members of my wikis and receive messages. This gives them the opportunity to interact with their children through homework and projects at home.

4. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
It would say that I’m trying to ensure that each student receives an education no matter the obstacles they face in and outside the classroom. It would also say that I teach 21st century skills students can use later in their careers as jobs increasingly require computer skills.

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. Helen Buzyrevska
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for sharing your way of implementing Wiki into your teaching career! How I wish I could do the same … Clemencia, is it possible to have a look at your wiki page and get some knowledge about your teaching students with its help?
    Thanks in advance
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon
    Best regards
    Helen Buzyrevska , an ESL teacher from Dneprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine

  2. Dr Nkaur
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I want to use wiki spaces for my school

  3. Betty Ho
    Posted November 9, 2015 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Helen, thanks so much for your interest in using wikis! Clemencia created 2 wikis that are referenced in the blog post:
    http://usams325science705fall2014.wikispaces.com/
    http://science7thgradems325fall2013.wikispaces.com/

    You may also want to check out her presentation slides about her wikis:
    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KIhPnvJyXjFPcacNRBbjfIMwganBoNRuTDpAUujNi5g/edit#slide=id.gccf64675c_0_14

    Hope this helps!

  4. Betty Ho
    Posted November 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Dr. Nkaur for your interest in Wikispaces! You can sign up for free: http://www.wikispaces.com/content/classroom

  5. Posted November 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Hello Ms. Buzyrevska,
    Thanks for writing and your interest about using wikispaces. It’s very easy to use and best of all it’s FREE!

    Check this wikis I’m building and using with my students for this year.

    http://803math201516.wikispaces.com
    http://805publicscienceusafall2015.wikispaces.com
    http://7thgrademathurbanscienceacademy.wikispaces.com

    And Dr Nkaur, wikispaces is a great teaching tool!

    Betty thanks for featuring my work!

    I can be contacted at
    CAcevedo9@schools.nyc.gov

    Best,
    Clemencia

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