It is a "best practice" for classroom teachers today to use a website as a learning portal for links and resources related to class studies. In this learning module we'll learn the difference between blogs and wikis, explore examples of K-12 exemplary classroom wikis and professional portfolios, as well as tools for creating educational wikis.
- Blog: A website which includes time/date-stamped entries, usually displayed in chronological order with most recent posts shown first. (WikiPedia definition)
- Wiki: A website which can be quickly edited using a web browser and login credentials. Special webpage editing software is NOT required. (WikiPedia definition) Think of a wiki as an online document which can be created independently (like this website) or collaboratively (like WikiPedia)
- Where is your classroom's interactive portal? (communication tools)
- How are you defining your professional digital footprint? - Reputation Management and Social Media (26 May 2010 PEW Research)
Exemplary, Interactive Classroom Wikis (Learning Portals)
- Maria Knee: Classroom blog and wiki (Kindergarten teacher, Deerfield, NH, USA - Twitter @mariak) - more about Maria and her classroom!
- Rachel Boyd: Classroom wiki (Principal/Head, 6-7 year old teacher last year, New Zealand - Twitter @rachelboyd) - Rachel's K12Online09 keynote!
- Eric Langhorst: Professional and Classroom blog (8th grade US History teacher, Liberty, MO, USA - Twitter: ELanghorst)
- Darren Kuropatwa: Scribe Post Hall of Fame (High School Calculus/Pre-Calculus Teacher, Math Department Chair, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
- Wiki of Yarmouth High School biology teacher, Julie Raines, (video with more background on Yarmouth 1:1 available)
Exemplary Professional Portfolios (by educators, using wikis)
Platform Options for Wikis
- WikiSpaces for Educators (free and ad-free)
- Google Sites (free and ad-free)
- Glogster can be used to add multimedia content to your wiki. (It can serve as your website, or you can embed Glogs into other websites)
- Free and open-source, but must be hosted on a server you rent or your school provides
- Storychasers Wiki
- Teaching Children Philosophy