Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wikis: Paulas Love!

 In the video, Parallel Play or Collaboration–Leveraging the Wiki Platform for High Quality Work, Paula White explains her love of wikis incorporated in her classroom. She gives examples of Wiki's she has done and explains that she can find subjects that she can make notes and create sentences over. There are things that teacher's have to help practice but there are no areas for students to practice or even content related to them when she searches wikis. She explains how wikis engaged students in learning and that when given choices and variety, they are more likely to be engaged.

Paula uses wikis in her fifth grade class by allowing students to create web pages and discussions. The students seem to love wikis and want to work on them outside of the classroom and gives examples of how they use their wikis for different occasions. Wikis were also used with her third grade class once and used them with math activities, conversation creators and even discussions on presidential candidates.

Paula is so passionate about using wikis in the classroom. It opens opportunities for students to become more engaged in an activity or lesson. I believe it will be a great tool to use for education and that more teachers need to step up and begin using these kinds of technological uses. Children should be able to create their own wikis and enhance their knowledge in the technological world that we live in.

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