Ideas for Using Wikis in Your Collaborative Classroom:

  1. Classroom organizationVicki Davis, "The Cool Cat Teacher" has a wiki-centric classroom and she says wikis are the hub of her classroom. Whether it's blogs, podcasts, wikis, or audiocasts, Ms. Davis says, if it is created in her classroom it is linked on the wiki. If the student creates it, they are to link it. Ms. Davis believes that a wiki gives both she and her students one place to organize and post and one place to send content back to her.
  2. Classroom content:
    • Lesson Summaries: When Ms. Davis' class completes a lesson, the students are to post "their lesson" to the wiki. This includes vocabulary but also concepts that are part of the lesson. This is a collaborative effort after the initial information is posted. What results is a great compendium of information about a topic that students can access from home when it is time to study. (So much for "leaving their book" at school.)
    • Collaboration of Notes: This is different because this is student driven and student created. Many colleges are seeing this happen spontaneously on college campuses as students strive to make collective sense out of large amounts of material. Many educators fear this, but Ms. Davis embraces it. As the students edit, work and re-edit, they are learning. She says, of course there are "bottom feeders" just as in anything, but although they look at the notes, they will never retain the full amount of those that participate in the editing.
    • Concept Introduction and Exploratory Projects: This is perfect for the wiki. Any time there is a topic that Ms. Davis does not know a lot about (usually because it is so new) she and her students will explore the topic together and create information on the wiki. (See mashups for an example of this.) They teach one another and interact on an equal playing field and emerge as pseudo-experts in that topic by the end of the period.
    • Dissemination of Important Classroom Information beyond the Classroom: Ms. Davis' classed worked on a Computer Safety and Privacy wiki book, her my students are beginning to feel the calling of sharing this important information with others. They also uploaded their first video about why you should protect your identity. It's extremely important that Georgia teachers know their district policy's on computer safety and citizenship. Visit the "Important Stuff" page for documents from the Georgia Department of Education if you do not have any guidelines from your local school system.
    • Individual assessment projects: As Ms. Davis' class moved towards genuine assessments, she also moved away from her final exam last year. (Not very willingly either.) However, her first semester project stunned her with the breadth of knowledge that the students acquired through the process.

50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom

More Ideas and Wiki Examples of How Teachers Use Wikis in the Classroom

Teacher Peer Wikis

Wikispaces for Educators

Google for Teachers

Google Docs Tutorial

Co-Planning & Co-Teaching:

Differentiated Instruction Using Web 2.0 Tools:

Universal Learning Design & Differentiated Instruction VoiceThread
  1. Differentiating Instruction and Integrating Technology into the Classroom Using Marzano's 9 Essential Instructional Strategies
  2. Dare to Differentiate Wiki
  3. Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand iPod Teaching and Learning Resources
  4. Go to the GaDOE Standards.Org website. Look for the "Announcements" header and then click on the link labeled "Visit GaDOE on iTunes University". Search through the various podcasts, videos, movies, professional development series, etc. Download and sign up to receive new information by clicking on the RSS feed tab.
  5. Georgia Standards.Org Teacher Tools for Integrating Technology
  6. IRIS Peabody Modules & Tutorials on Differentiated Instruction
  7. 50 Ways Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom to Differentiate Instruction
  8. Edu Gloster
  9. 100 Ways to Use VoiceThread in Education
  10. How to Do 11 Techy Things in the New School Year
  11. Web 2.0: Cool Tools for Schools
  12. Introduction to Thinking Maps Video
  13. 21st Century Technology and Marazano's Effective Teaching Strategies

Cell Phone Learning Inclusive of iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch and More (Some of these 21st Century Tools are Free and Some Are Not...but I Thought It Would Be a Great FYI):

Georgia Performance Standards and Support on How To Teach in a Standards Based Classroom:

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Math Website Resources:

Assessment Resources:

NW GLRS Featured Content Specific Instructional Supports:

NW GLRS Enhancing Instructional Contexts for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (EIC-ASD) / Autism Academy:

21st Century Web 2.0 Professional Development Modules on Autism Spectrum Disorders:

Autism Podcasts:

Autism Related Websites: