Saturday, October 18, 2008

From Blogs to Wikis

For several years now, my math students have written in blogs. They've done some pretty amazing work on them. This year I decided to switch over to a classroom wiki. My kids are loving it! They did some pretty great work last week on an assignment that required them to create their own pages on one of the lessons from the chapter we are currently studying. Check the link below to see their work. They were able to find some awesome websites and quite a few of them posted some videos from YouTube and TeacherTube. They did grab some images from other sites and did not cite them. At this point, I just want them to be able to locate and insert the images. In the future, they will be required to cite everything.

As the year goes on, I'd like to continue to increase the complexity of their assignments on the wiki. The next one will require them to create a webpage on π. Kids are fascinated by this amazing number and I want to take advantage of that enthusiasm. But instead of individual webpages, I'll require them to construct the pages collaboratively--outside of school! I figure that wikis are meant to be collaborative spaces that are created asynchronously, so why not see if my students can work as a team while not actually working together in person! I'm very interested to see how it turns out.

Here's the link to the wiki pages. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see links to student work.

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1 comment:

Joe said...

Looks like a fun project. My 8th graders made something similar in science last year and they loved it. "Wiki work days" quickly trumped labs and frankly anything else. Thanks for sharing!