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  • 1.Blended Learning with Wikispaces By: Melissa Aho Escanaba Public Schools Michigan Reading Association Conference View online at: http:/ /, March 9, 14

2. What is Blended Learning?Sunday, March 9, 14 3. Wikispaces is a tool that can be used in Blended Learning What is a Wiki? (Watch the video) Why have a Wikispace? How can teachers use them to in their classrooms? What are some good resources and examples I can use as a guide? How do you set up a Wikispace?Sunday, March 9, 14 4. What is a wiki? Wikis move your student beyond the Web 1.0 classroom (strictly reading information) to a Web 2.0 experience (more interactive). The word "wiki" comes from Hawaiian language, meaning "quick" or "fast." A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant: you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. A wiki is continuously under revision. It is a living collaboration whose purpose is the sharing of the creative process and product by many.Sunday, March 9, 14 5. The evolution of the Wiki? It was introduced in 1995 by Ward Cunningham. The rst Wikis were used in restricted circles for corporations and computer programming as a place to facilitate communication. 2001: Wikipedia- rst wiki for the general public. 2002-2009: Explosion of wikis and wide use in the public- many programs created. 2005-Wikispaces is created. 2010: Wikileaks- leaked private government documents to the public, which leads the public to ask Should the public have access to so much information?Sunday, March 9, 14 6. What is a Wikispace? A wiki is an online extension of your classroom. Wikispace is my preferred wiki program: http:/ / 14 million users, Free for educators No ne print, no usage limits, no advertising, no catches. It is very user friendly, especially for teachers Sunday, March 9, 14 7. Why use a Wikispace? Its the future of education- The State of Michigan considers best practices as providing an online learning experience for students. It brings an online learning experience to your classroom Simplicity and Accessibility Collaboration Active Learning Project-Based Learning Organization of your best learning resources Kids love it! It can reach the unreachable Sunday, March 9, 14 8. How can use a Wikispace in the Classrooom?Classroom Organization Classroom ContentSunday, March 9, 14 9. Classroom Organization As one teacher says, The wiki is my hub. I guess you could say, I have a wiki-centric classroom. Whether it is blogs, podcasts, wikis, or vodcasts, if it is created in my classroom it is linked on the wiki. If the student creates it, they are to link it. It gives us one place to organize and post and one place to send content to me. Parent-Teacher Communication (You can post monthly newsletters on the wiki) Post unit plans, homework assignment links, study guides, pacing guides, and any other resources you want students to have access to anytime and anywhere. Sunday, March 9, 14 10. Classroom Content Lesson summaries/ class notes/ videos (even Khan Academy!) Work on projects, group or individual (links well with YouTube) Discussion/ peer or teacher editing Journaling/Reading responses Science Fair Projects Student Portfolios Literature Circles Research Collaborative Writing: Newspapers, poetry, stories Sunday, March 9, 14 11. More ways to use your Wiki... More ways to use your wiki: 50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom How Do We Use A Wiki? Watch the video Using Wikis in the ClassroomSunday, March 9, 14 12. Awesome Wikis (The good news is that you dont have to re-invent the wheel- there is soooo much out there already!) Lots of ideas: http:/ / +educational+wikis Using a wiki as a classroom syllabus http:/ / Junior High Language Arts Classroom Wiki http:/ / Winner of the Best Educational Wiki (this page is AMAZING!) http:/ / Resources for History Teachers http:/ / Sunday, March 9, 14 13. Other Wiki Providers Wetpaint http:/ / PB Wiki http:/ /, March 9, 14 14. How do you create a wiki? Wikispaces has great tutorial videos Here is another helpful site: https:/ / Brief tour and demonstration of my pageSunday, March 9, 14 15. Lets do it! Questions? You will have the rest our time to work on setting up your own Wikispace page. Create pages on your new wikispace page for each unit you teach and start linking the resources you use for the units to your page Gather new resources :) Im here to help you get started! Sunday, March 9, 14