Exploring Good Wikis

After posting Part One and Part Two in my Teacher Tips for Wiki Projects series last week, I had several friends and colleagues—both here on the Radical and in my work in the real world—ask me to provide some samples of good wikis that they could explore with their students. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Carbon Fighters:  This wiki was created by a middle grades language arts class in North Carolina. It was designed to give students opportunities to practice problem-solution essay writing while studying issues related to alternative energy and the use of fossil fuels.

Be sure to explore the “For Teachers” page which gives an extensive overview of the rationale behind this project.

Horizon Project 2007:  This wiki—recognized as a finalist in the 2007 Edublogs award competition—was a collaborative project between high school students in five different countries who were developing a vision of what classrooms of the future might look like after studying the 2007 Horizon Report released by the New Media Consortium and Educase.

Be sure to explore the “Project Review” link which provides extensive details about how this wiki was organized and developed.

British Romanticism:  This high school English wiki was created as a part of a study of British Romanticism. It includes 500-700 word articles detailing the art, music and poetry of the British Romantic area.

Be sure to explore the “Discussion” tab of each page in this wiki, which provide an interesting look into how students can use the discussion boards on wikis to plan their collective efforts—and to build a sense of community with their peers.

Monster Project:  This fun wiki project is being created by a collection of second and third grade computer students from five different states.

Participating students designed a monster using digital tools and wrote a set of directions for redrawing their monsters. Then, students from another state attempted to recreate the same monsters by following the written directions provided. Final images of rendered drawings were uploaded to the Monster Project wiki for comparison.

Some of the best examples of final products can be found on Ms. Graham’s 2nd Grade” page.

Remember that you can also use this handout to learn more about the characteristics of quality wiki pages and this handout to track your thinking while looking at several specific wiki pages. 

Also, remember to share examples of good wikis in action in the comment section of this post.  The larger the library of high quality work that we build, the better our chances are of seeing wiki work spread across classrooms. 

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