The reading and Wikis I observed did provide a strong case for the use of Wikis in the classroom, however, and I believe I will give it stronger consideration. Of greatest interest to me would be to use a Wiki as a tool to post student work or projects, such as video, audio or writings and
make them available for a larger audience (Richardson, 2010). This would provide a level of authenticity with greater meaning or purpose in their work knowing it will be shared and viewed. Also of interest is using it as a type of portfolio of student work, to have a place to post work for future reference, as well as to organize and manage the work. Perhaps each student would set up a separate account for that purpose with links for the teacher and classmates. Reflections could then be added to the work or they might provide one another feedback.
Additionally, I see Wikis as a tool that can be used to collaborate with others outside the classrooms. This might entail working with subject matter experts in the community or elsewhere, or with other students from anywhere else in the world. Work could be contribute from each, or co-constructed as they share a Wikispace.
Vicki Davis’ “Cool Cat Teaching Blog” was set up nicely with tabs for quick reference. Especially
beneficial was the link on “Freebies” and her resources on internet safety were ones I may be able to use. At first glance, “Code Blue” was not extraordinarily appealing as it seemed to be
simply a source for links. As the tabs were used, however, I was able to identify some excellent uses, such as the “Remedy Medical” tab in which there had been contributions and introductions
from doctors. This demonstrated collaboration with subject matter experts, which seems like an excellent use of a Wiki. Additionally I looked at “Schools of the Past” in which the students had created a Wiki to document their findings from their interviews with grandparents and others on how schools had changed. The appealing aspect of this Wiki was that it was appeared to be student generated. What might be done differently would be to better organize responses in some fashion that would be easier to follow.
Finally, in searching for additional resources on uses of Wikis in the classroom I came across a few to share:
This site provides helpful and important tips to consider when incorporating the use of Wikis:
The TeachersFirst site linked here provides Wiki ideas for the classroom by subject area. For example, in Science students could build on taxonomy of living things with information about each branch as they study Biology over a full year.
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful Web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin.