This week in my Masters class we were introduced to wikis. All I have to say is WOW! What a wonderful collaborative tool to be used in the classroom. This is truly something that any classroom, probably 2nd grade and higher, can use to communicate and share ideas, concepts, and information with the students.
I setup a wiki for my class with the webpage http://www.grade4peterson.wikispaces.com
I created a test page for the kids to setup their account first, then choose the “biography” page I started. I then tasked the kids to fill out the simple information about themselves consisting of their name, birthdate, place of birth, favorite food, and something they like to do for fun.
I successfully got all the kids signed up and added to the class successfully! Woo Hoo!
Then I ran into a small hiccup.
All the kids were trying to add content at the exact same time and they ended up overwriting each others information. So…after all the kids “posted”, only 2 entries were done when I checked! Whoops!
Live and learn. I am working through this setback currently.
Needless to say, I am super excited about the possibilities of this social tool.
More to come after more implementation and experimentation.