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Why make a wiki?

A wiki is a type of website that allows multiple users to collaboratively create and edit pages. The are many many uses for a wiki in your Media Studies classroom. Today we will aim to:
  • Discuss ways you could use a wiki
  • Look at some good examples
  • Make some beginning steps toward starting (or working on) your own wiki

What's the difference between a blog and a wiki?

A blog is an online journal that allows the owner to post entries that are generally displayed in reverse chronological order. Many blogs allow readers to comment on these posts. Blogs also have their place in the classroom, often as student learning journals (portfolios).
there are many widgets you can add - fun and educational extras such as vodpod (which feeds through your favourite videos) or links to del.icio.us or an rss feed so that people can be updated about changes to the site. Wikis also use widgets.
Uses for a blog in your Media Studies classroom:
• Student/teacher Reflection - perhaps as a log for their production
• Student/teacher Feedback
• Class discussion - everyone can have a say without speaking aloud
• Keeping students up to date - if you have an RSS feed on your blog (or your wiki) students and teachers can be updated when new material is posted
• Links to other internet material
Setting up a blog
Using blogs to promote authentic learning in the classroom
Widgets - scroll down to the bottom of the page to see a list of widgets

Setting up a wiki:

Join this wiki



Some examples of Wikis set up by other teachers:

A great NZ wiki that has all sorts of hints about using wikis for education

Building your wiki

Use the information in the slideshow below to help you build your wiki AND/OR contribute to our wiki:
  • create pages in your wiki
  • build a navigation bar
  • insert content and content links (external urls, widgets or files/images you wish to upload from your computer)
  • pretty up your space
  • invite members to join
  • protect the wiki and its members.
  • Use the discussion board
  • Notify members of updates on the site (or on a page)

This comes from the above site and does a great job of justifying wikis in education

Tools to use on your wiki

There are many many widgets and tools you can use to complement your site - but it can get overwhelming and you may want to stick to a few tried and true to begin with. The following have been proved useful for education - but please make sure you only use them if there is a purpose for their use. Please join this wiki and once you have trialled your wiki widgets add your comments about how it has been useful to this page.

Embedded video links - you can go to You tube (or teacher tube if your school won't allow You tube material), and copy the html code from any video to paste into your wiki. See an example below - the code in underneath the word Embed in a box and starts with <object width... With the correct permissions (and if you are a member of this wiki) you could get your students to upload their videos to You tube (or Teacher Tube) and then embed the code to the student video page on our wiki so we can see some examples of student work.


On-line surveys
Voice Thread Read this great page full of hints and examples of voice threads
del.icio.us links. Read this explanation of del.icio.us by some Media teachers

Add to the NAME day voice thread

If you'd like more information, this is a great one-stop shop explaining a variety of software and Web 2.0 tools
A great NZ wiki with information about Web 2.0 tools and other Educational software