This week I was asked to investigate and explore wikis for my Learning Technologies Online Course. “Wikispaces is built to work anywhere, anytime. All you need is a web browser and an Internet connection. Members can create pages and spaces without undue restrictions or rules. Wikispaces gives groups the freedom to publish pages that are long-lived, regularly updated, and built by many contributors. We give you the space to both publish and discuss content“ (About Wikispaces.com, 2012).
Wikis used educationally can really promote student collaboration for projects and group work. Teachers are able to create many different pages and discussion forums to enhance the learning within their classroom. Students are able to edit and respond within the wiki by responding to the prompted questions or instructions. Wiki’s can also provide teachers with many resources to pull from that are conveniently located on one wiki page. Here are 3 different wiki pages that I have explored with the content revolving around the school library:
Elementary Library Routines
This wiki was created for elementary librarians/teachers to share their wealth of knowledge and embrace collaborating with each other. Elementary Librarians have shared their routines, curriculum, administration content, and promotions of books. It is stated in this wiki, why reinvent the wheel. Instead of creating content over and over again, why not embrace this social media platform and share ideas between colleagues from all over the world. One of the things that I found most helpful from viewing this wiki would be the overwhelming amount of resources that this site has collected all in one place. From poems and videos about keeping the library organized to information about how to choose a just right book, this wiki is a great resource for librarians as well as teachers who want to become librarians.
I found this wiki to be extremely beneficial for the librarian who is trying to incorporate Web 2.0 tools and Social Media into their classroom. This wiki page is run by three librarians who are all dedicated to using Web 2.0 Tools and Social Media to enhance their classroom experiences. All three are located in Bucks County, PA and have many accolades to their names. Down the left side of this wiki there are pages that contain information about different types of social media and Web 2.0 tools including Twitter, Ebooks, Glogster, Screencasts, and Animoto to name a few. When you click on a particular link there is a brief description of the tool, sometimes a video explaining the uses, and articles that are relevant to that particular medium. One thing that I really liked viewing was Karen’s Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools via slideshare. Many of the Web 2.0 tools and Social Media that I have been learning about in class are on her list. I love the ideas and links that are provided within this slideshare and found it to be an extremely beneficial tool when preparing a classroom for a 21st century learner. This site is great for librarians to use in order to learn about the latest technology and ways that other librarians are incorporating technology into their libraries.
Teacher Librarian Wiki
I found this Wiki from viewing my last Wiki page that Karen’s Top 10 Web 2.0 tools. This wiki was one of her suggested sites and after viewing it I can definitely see why. This wiki has a ton of information. Some examples would include: Audio books, Book Trailers or Digital Booktalking, Copyright Friendly Image Sources, Incredibl Books for Librarians, Literacy and 6 Trait Writing, and Social Bookmarking just to name a few. But my all time favorite link would have to be the one title For New Librarians. This link brings you to another wiki page Survival Strategies. On this page it tells new librarians to S.M.I.L.E. or to Seek Guidance, Meet and mingle, Implement practices and procedures, Learn more about, and Extend yourself. I love this acronym and can definitely see myself using it when I become a new librarian. Another nice aspect of this wiki is that it connects librarians to copyright friendly image sources. This will help to allow technology to be enhanced with pictures that match up to the tool that was used.