After reviewing two different videos: Jimmy Wales: How a ragtag band created Wikipedia & Mercator Lecture – Jimmy Wales, I decided to start exploring the world of wikis. I loved learning how with a wiki you can have a network of people contributing to one source. Especially knowing that the information contributed can be monitored and regulated. While researching different educational wiki sites, I’ve found some great one that have some great technology resources for educators.
Educational Origami was one of the favorite sites that I found for resources for educators. It had links ranging from Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy to Learning Styles, Digital Citizenship and various Web 2.0 tools.
21st Century Teacher
The 21st Century teacher breaks down what an educator needs to consider for educating our students.
Learning to Change Video
Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory
On this page they discussed Gardners’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and then break down the different categories as well as programs that can be used in the classroom to focus on that category.
The Digital Citizenship even contains a page with a tool in it, which school can use to analyze their students knowledge.
Web 2.0 Tools
This page was great since it listed all the various tools and it easily able to be updated by contributors.
The Other Wiki that I explored is called
Cool Tools for Schools
This site was a great source for just education tools. I liked how it was very simple and had graphics to accompany the layout. There was a wide variety of tool categories such as:
- Slide show
The Creativity Page I found most interesting as then on the page they went into further categories such as:
- Classroom Activities
- Creating your own games.
Teacher Resources Page
The Teacher Resources Page was nice because they then broke down the links based on subjects such as:
- Written Language
- Professional Development, etc.
Under Professional Development they had a very cool link to http://learner.org
From here teachers can get various ideas of how to expand technology and creativity into their curriculum.
Both of these site are great resources for educators, with a slightly different feel to them. The Educational Origami site focuses on the classroom as a whole from a Learning Theories point of view all the way to technology tools. The Cool Tools for Schools is great for resources, plus it’s easy to navigate with the graphics and layout. The beauty of these wikis is that educators and technology gurus can consistently update and add new resources that are discovered and become available to people.
After viewing all of these, I’m going to start a wiki to use in my classes, where students can upload their projects when they are completed and then the final project can be available for the parents and other students to view. The students will enjoy having their work online as well as the ability to continually update where they are. The parents will get to visually see the work that their children have completely.