Why are wikis a 21st century learning tool? Give one example how you can use this tool as 21st century teacher or leader.
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Wiki is the key to collaboration - we should not and cannot teach in isolation - our students are not isolated learners apart from the world.
Wikis are a great way to get multiple people involved in a project. Though I haven't thought of a way to use a Wiki with K-4 Spanish, I would LOVE to set one up for our K-8 department. It would include meeting schedules and minutes, updates on conferences, alignment information, etc etc. It would also eliminate our multiple emails where we are never sure if everyone was included that needed to be or if we replied to "all" or not.
Wikis are a 21st learning tool because it is a great way to communicate and collaborate with others. Whether it be with students or other colleagues, the ability to contribute and communicate through this tool is more effective than emailing one another. Everything is organized and stored in one location and able to be accessed from anywhere. The flexibility is a wonderful way to reach many people....even people/students/teachers NOT in our school district, city, or country!
Wikis are a 21st century learning tool because they enable us to share documents. They facilitate and encourage communication amongst colleagues (or peers) without requiring that everyone be in the same place at the same time. For instance, our school has a technology wiki that allows us to see availability of materials, spaces, and resources for integrating technology in our lessons. Because this is a shared space, we can ensure that we are not doubling-up on usage or space, and everyone can be on the same page in terms of sharing their plans with others. It eliminates the need to send multiple emails to the staff, and it is easily changed and viewed with just a few simple clicks.
My class just finished researching Thailand. One more piece that I want to add so we can continue our learning and really connect to this other culture is by having a wiki with another 2nd grade class in Thailand. I thought the other day that our 2nd grade teacm of 7 should have a wiki. I was contacted by our enrichment person about preferred dates for a field trip. It would have been so much easier and more effective if I could have put the info on a wiki and let the other team members post their thoughts.
I believe wiki's can be a great way to communicate amongst members of certain groups, professionals, students, etc. It is a great tool for getting usable and important information out in a non paper format.
This is a 21st century learning tool because it is a collaborative, online, potentially global document. Participants can initiate, add, and delete information. A wiki has limitless possibilities, but I think I would prefer to use it with students (student to student or student & teachers) than with parents at this point. I'd prefer a blog for the parent community.
As an itinerant, the capacity to use a wiki to facilitate collaboration is very exciting. Face to face collaboration is the ideal, but utilizing a wiki between meetings will allow for the timely exchange of information and sharing of ideas.
I think wiki's are a great tool because they are a collaborative tool. We can use them to create plans, documents, share ideas, etc. Whoohoo Wikis! (It's been a long day!)
Wikis create an ever present workspace for students to collaborate from anywhere they have computer and internet access. I have actually created a wiki/blog hybrid for my students to complete their monthly book reports on. Technically it is a wiki, although the students will be mostly just posting to it like it was a blog. However, I can easily see wikis being used for group work, such as the final project after a book study.
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