A Guide to Using Wikis in the Classroom

What is a wiki?
A wikiis a Web 2.0 cloud-based applicaition that fosters creating, editing,and sharing of work, ideas, pictures, links, video, and more. Wikispaces is social media used in education.
A great educational wiki for students and teachers isWikispaces-logo.png

For Wiki Basics view the video below:


With wikis, teachers and students can:

  1. Access wikis from anywhere using any device with a browser and Internet connection.
  2. Use tools to create media-rich posters with text, links, files, widgets (videos, calendar, spreadsheet, RSS Feed, map, etc.), tables, and more.
  3. Add to, change, or update your poster or anyone else’s with his or her permission.
  4. Save every edit or revision.
  5. Maintain web-based sites that are safe and secure.
  6. Educate with project-based learning, lesson plans, student assignments, e-portfolios, classroom discussions, feedback, distance learning, curriculum planning, and staff development.

For more ideas:Classroom 2.0: Wikisgives uses of wikis in education.5 Ways You Can Use Wikis in the classroom.Wiki Walk-Through” shows how wikis are used in subjects.
Schurkamp’s Introductionto SLSD’s Apple Blog Service

Use Wiki.com to search for any wiki..

Best educational Wikis of 2011 and **more**…. Click on the images below.

Math Student Videos
IT Resources
History Resources

Need to refresh your wiki skills? Go to Wikispaces videos and tours

A Guide to Using Blogs in the Classroom
What is a blog? Web + Log = Blog
According to Wikipedia, a blog is a usually a web-based journal where an author “posts” entries. However, blogs are much more; they allow for social networking when visitors blog or add a post to contribute to what has been blogged. This fosters engaging online learning!






With blogs, teachers and studentscan:

  1. Access a blog from anywhere using any device with a browser and Internet connection.
  2. Control access to a conversation, a demonstration, etc.
  3. Use tools to communicate with others using videos, webcam, phoning, writing, graphics, links, audio, and more.
  4. Add to, change, or update your post.
  5. Educate though collaboration, demonstration, sharing, lesson plans, presentations, conversations, thoughtful discussions, newsletters, responsible journalism, publishing, analyzing, e-portfolios, and more.
  6. Join a fun, global event hosted by EduBlog: Student Blogging Challenge. This free and collaborative 10-week project is offered twice a year.

Fantastic tips from:

Blog Websites:

1. SLSD blogging sites:

2. Additional blogging sites:
  • **VoiceThread** is a multimedia collaborative Web 2.0 tool. VT is also accessible to those who are deaf and have ADD.100 Ways to Use VoiceThread from VoiceThread.
  • VT is working on a version called VoiceThread Universal for the blind or visually impaired, utilizes screen-reading software and other assistive technologies.
Additional resources for blogs:
  1. Top 100 Educations Blogs
  2. Kathy Schrock’s: kathy’s ed tech blog picks

What is glogster.png ? Graphical + Blog
Glogster is a Web 2.0 cloud-based application for the creative presentation of and skills used by people the world. Glogster’s online multimedia whiteboard is simple enough for primary grade use, but complex enough for older students to utilize.
With Glogster, teachers and students can:
  1. Retrieve your Glog on any device with a browser and Internet connection.
  2. Utilize tools to add graphics, text, images, videos, sounds, drawings, links, and more
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  1. Update your Glog.
  2. Maintain web-based sites that are safe and secure.
Some of the BEST educational Glogs, click the images to view and more
Writing Tenses
The Hobbit
Japan Tsunami
Respiratory Syst.
Frog Dissection
Glogster tutorials:
  1. Excellent teacher training tutorial videosby Russell Stannard. They are usually 2 to 3 minutes long.
  2. Tracy Blazosky has 24 tutorial screens to get you started.

ReflectionsThis activity fulfills the requirements for
I.D. Research, problem solving and product development of technological applications including:
  • Basic principles of instructional design associated with the development of instructional technology materials.
  • Designing and publishing on-line documents that present information and include links to critical resources

The activity was to create a guide for teachers to use wikis and blogs in the classroom. This activity fulfills PDE requirements by utilizing the basic principles of instructional design while constructing the guides. “Instructional design incorporates learning strategies…into instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing” (Merrill, 1966, p. 2). These concise guidelines were purposefully designed to be an appealing and effective way to present information for teachers and provide access to critical resources about wikis and blogs.

These documents will be published on the district’s website so teachers can quickly view the guide to help in using wikis and blogs in their lessons. First, a brief definition explains what the Web 2.0 tool is and how it can be used. The added links allow for in-depth exploration. The guide concludes with examples of the best educational wikis and blogs as well as optional refresher course links. I also included a brief guide for Glogster.

Two of the District’s goals in the Educational Technology Plan were to develop 21st Century skills in students and meet the needs of diverse learners (SLSD, 2011, pp. 10, 17, 36, 48, & 53). Wikis and blogs foster in students the 21st Century skills of creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and information fluency, critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, digital citizenship, and technology operations and concepts. Wikis and blogs meet the needs of diverse learners with different learning styles (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2011).

When teachers create and use wikis and blogs in various ways, they are modeling to students how to use them. When students create and use wikis and blogs, they are applying what they have learned.

I have used both wikis and blogs in the past and was aware of some educational uses. As I learned more about them, I discovered many more benefits. Web 2.0 tools are an essential implement for any teacher’s technology toolbox.

Merrill, D. M. (1966). Reclaiming instructional design. Retrieved from http://mdavidmerrill.com/Papers/Reclaiming.PDF
Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2011). Framework for 21st century learning. Retrieved from http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/1.__p21_framework_2-pager.pdf
Southern Lehigh School District. (2011). Educational technology report. Retrieved from http://slsd.org/files/filesystem/Ed%20Tech%20Plan.pdf