I finally setup and began using my own wiki recently and have found it to be a useful technology. Use of the technology was quickly integrated into my productivity strategies and I’m left wondering how I ever managed without it. In a very short time I’ve already found the need to setup additional wikis and have begun collaborating with colleagues on several other wikis that aren’t mine. As with most Web 2.0 tools, wikis are very easy to use and offer a wide variety of possible uses.
I received an email from Wetpaint‘s Education division stating that “wikis are a fantastic way to keep your students engaged in learning over summer vacation — and to help them prepare for the coming school year.” They suggest the following strategies to help you get started.
Create a summer reading wiki where students can choose summer reading titles and post their thoughts — all before the first day of school!
Share a preview of your syllabus with your students to give them a sense of what they can expect when school is back in session.
Collaborate with other teachers to share your ideas for a successfull fall semester.
Personal profiles let students get to know each other before the bell rings on the first day.
SOURCE: Wetpaint.com Education – Ideas for wiki-ing this summer
I had a few other ideas that might encourage teachers to begin using a wiki this summer come to mind.
- Use a wiki to collaborate with colleagues as you prepare instructional units, assignments, field trips, supply lists, and more for the coming year.
- Provide a weekly math challenge for students to encourage them to keep their math skills and knowledge sharp.
- Allow students to share their creative writing or poetry on your wiki. This would be an opportunity to encourage practice in writing, reading, critique, peer review and editing.
- Host an online art gallery, photo essays or video journals around a specific topic or theme.
- What other strategies for using wikis do you suggest?
- Will you accept the challenge to begin using a wiki this summer?