Featured Wiki: Newton Barwa Academy Homework Page

Newton Barwa wiki 2Newton Barwa Academy in Qatar shares about how they use their wiki to improve parent communication, save the environment and foster a bit of friendly competition among their teachers.

1. Please describe your school, your wiki, and what you use it for.
We are an International School from Foundation 1 to year 10 with over 2,000 students. We have three campuses and a huge international community.

We decided to use Wikispaces in the primary grades in order to become a paper-free homework school. We were conscious of the high cost of printing and photocopying homework assignments and the impact of so much paper on the environment. We post on our wiki homework assignments, timetable, curriculum, and school activities. Communication to our parents is always a priority. By setting up a wiki, we can communicate more effectively. Information is accessible to all, instead of being buried at the bottom of school bags.

2. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why we use wikis!” 
My first aha moment is when some parents said to me “Thank you! My son/daughter used to tell me that they do nothing in school. Now thanks to Wikispaces, I can see what they’re doing.” The second aha moment is a real turnaround in those children who did not do homework, either because they lost the handout or simply did not inform their parents. We have seen an impact on academic achievement. Another aha moment is the creativity of our teachers! Putting together the best wiki page has become a bit of a friendly competition.

3. What do you plan to do next with your wiki?
We want put up on our wiki documents and policies for the parents such as our School Uniform, Attendance, and School Handbook. Although our school website has all this information, Wikispaces is more user friendly.

4. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you and your school?
I think our wiki would say that we want to work as a team with our parents – that we care and share openly with them. It would also say that we want their child to be given every opportunity to succeed.

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Tatlyn Clarke
    Posted December 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I enjoy creating my Wiki. i am using it to improve numeracy among kindergarten students. The intention of creating it is to facilitate the children with much needed in formations to guide them along life’s journey.

  2. Betty Ho
    Posted December 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Glad to hear it! Thank you for sharing your experience with kindergarten students! Goes to show that you’re never too young to use wikis!

  3. anthony bittinger
    Posted December 21, 2015 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    glad to hear it

  4. josiah
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    It is my first time to try creating my own wiki site, need some help around it until i know more to freely create my own content.

  5. Betty Ho
    Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi Josiah, you can find help on how to get started in the Getting Started section of http://helpcenter.wikispaces.com/. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to help@wikispaces.com.

  6. touria
    Posted February 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    thank you

  7. Jenny
    Posted February 8, 2016 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I have used wikispaces for some years now. I use wikis within a tertiary setting for group projects. The students create a wiki resource that they will be able to use throughout their degree and also after they qualify. I love the collaborative nature of wikispaces as this is exactly what my graduates will need to do to succeed in their chosen profession.

    I have the setting initially at ‘protected to wiki’ so that each project group can see what the other groups are doing and springboard off each other’s ideas. Once the group presents their topic to the class, I change the settings to ‘Public to wiki’ so that all the class can use and edit each of the resources as they find new information about the topics.

  8. Betty Ho
    Posted February 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jenny for sharing! Collaborating via wikis and other tech is definitely a key skill for thriving in workplace.

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