Adam Frey, co-founder of Wikispaces and Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher
Here is the link to the information from the presentation
Overflowing room…people were standing against the wall...laptoppers were sitting all over the floor!
They set up a back channel for everyone...it is place for participants to chat while they talk! Also , they took questions from the back channel crowd...more about back channeling in a future post when I get some info together!
Frey asked and hands were raised
50% of audience are teachers
About half never used a wiki and about half of that group don’t know what they are
They want to know what it is & how to start
1.Webpage with edit button
Standard..but can be changed
Removes barriers to publishing on the web
2.About history…every change is recorded
More open than closed usually (ours in my circle aren't really open...yet!)
There is a history tab to see all these changes
3. for groups essentially…collaboration for groups large and small
Ease of editing makes this possible discussion forums helps with communication
4. monitoring --see what is going on without going there
Can be emailed or rss subscription
If it is hard you won’t use…easy to start…no cost…doesn’t require email or signup
Doesn’t need fancy computers
Wikipedia…causes a bad feeling
Wikis don’t have to suffer same issues
Can be locked down or not, behind firewall or not
“Bring all things together”—glue in like a scrapbook…[I consider them a "parking lot" for information, resources]
Student accounts system easy from them…special stuff for teachers…
Project-based learning environment is where she works
Global projects examples
History tab records who is doing what...
In classroom her wikis are not open…students are protected
She has outline online…she embeds student files on her wiki
Assignments and templates
Create a page and create template…under manage space
Better to name pages without spaces
She tags assignments “turning” –work to be graded.
The optional note box she has them use for more info about the assignment turn in, etc.
The bottom feeders can be tracked and they HAVE to participate…
Netvibes –uses this for her personal learning network…it is on atomic learning
Connect to the world…changed their world view
Override…two ppl editing…can be done, but you may not want to!
If same word is changed last one saved overrides
Edit wikipedia---how to do it responsibly
**Technopersonal skills are as important as interpersonal skills—administrators often ignore!
Lots of student monitoring—
Permission settings---manage space---permissions; protected can be viewed ; private only invited can see
Lock assignment pages...Vicki does work with administration to deal with technopersonal skill issue
Blog— is journal format…opinion, 1st person writing
Wiki –evolving content due to changing..for facts, assignments collaboration tool…
kinder teacher who has numbers project (she also was awarded a prize by SIGMS for her project)