15 educators respond: "How would you use PBwiki in your classroom?"

24 Aug

Yesterday, we posted feedback from educators called 10 reasons educators love us. Today, we’re posting feedback from superstar educator Kathleen Ferenz’s seminar on PBwiki. She asked the educators in her seminar…

“How would you use PBwiki?”

  • “I can see this as really useful for having students create and share book reviews.”
  • “Would want to redistribute this presentation to our region and the counties we service.”
  • “After fiddling around with wikis for awhile, I plan on implementing them into the curriculum.”
  • “I could use this at work as well as at home.”
  • “Helping teachers create them for their students, Book Reviews”

    There’s more!

  • “Daily in the library media center and in inservices.”
  • “I am definitely going back to start my library wiki tonight. IT’ll be ready to roll out when school starts next Monday.”
  • “After school programs, during library time.”
  • “Will set up a Wiki with the classes which I give orientation to, a poetry Wiki and a picture book Wiki.”
  • “I will definitely use it in all my computerized schools. I look forward to beginning by having 3rd graders share book reports on their pbwiki”

    …and still more ways educators would use PBwiki:

  • “After more thorough exploration of the wikis, I will most likely start having the students use the wiki that I create to post their research work and projects at the end of the semester.”
  • “I will definitely use the wiki with my class this year. I have already begun creating a wiki over the summer and plan to use my class as test bunnies this year.”
  • “I can use PBwiki as a resource which parents can access and also develop curriculum that I can use in the classroom with students.”
  • “After using the wiki wiki website for a couple of months I would like to use it with my students as another teaching method.”
  • “I would use the Wiki web pages to create pages for students to post their work right away and to do grades at home.”
  • 23 Responses to “15 educators respond: "How would you use PBwiki in your classroom?"”

    1. Rick Jarrell August 26, 2007 at 10:24 am #

      We are using wiki to keep an active means of providing our students and parents with classroom information and on-going projects.

    2. Pam Harland August 28, 2007 at 5:31 am #

      We use our wiki as our library home page this year: http://prhslibrary.pbwiki.com/
      It is the main tool that we use for integrating research throughout the high school curriculum. It has been such an amazing success. Students & Faculty love it!

    3. Robbie August 28, 2007 at 5:16 pm #

      I have to admit that this is the first time that I have heard of wiki and I learned about it through this course. My first response was what in the world am I supposed to do with this? I guess I will be learning throughout this course, won’t I?

    4. Anne Van Meter August 28, 2007 at 5:26 pm #

      For the last two years I’ve used the wiki to allow 7th grade geography students to summarize current events and then discuss them with each other. It’s the first time students have actually *asked* to be allowed to do current events. (I’ve found students online working at 8:45 on Friday nights…)

      The wiki is currently configured as a “virtual tour” where I researched the activities and locations where my son’s choir was singing. The next time I chaperone the French or Spanish students I will be using it this way for the parents.

      For this year, I am teaching a high school environmental science class. I will be using the wiki to allow students to discuss issues of resource use, debate statistics, think about global warming, and to allow comments from parents and other interested community members.

    5. Lori Reed August 29, 2007 at 2:36 pm #

      I am using my pbwiki as my classroom website this year. It’s a great parental communication tool as well as a resource for students. The pbwiki is very user-friendly to set up – much easier than creating and maintaining a website.
      I also plan on introducing my writing wiki again next spring with my third graders. What’s a teacher to do when her students beg to write in their wikis?

    6. Karen Mann August 30, 2007 at 12:15 am #

      I am writing a paper for my Masters on the use of Wikis in high school HSIE (SOSE, Social Studies) and would love to talk to any teachers who are actually using Wikis in this KLA such as Anne Van Meter. I have posted this request on my blog and would appreciate a reply whether positive or negative as to how teachers have found them.

      http://web2wanderings.blogspot.com/2007/07/wikis.html

      Thanks

    7. Jibin Park August 30, 2007 at 1:45 pm #

      Not sure how I’ll use it, but as a CMC alum, I’m thrilled to see fellow alums create something so useful for my AP class! Excellent!

    8. Robin Martin August 30, 2007 at 4:09 pm #

      I am using my PBWiki to have 6th grade students journal daily about the start of school. This is their first year in the middle school and they come with mixed fears an frustrations, so each morning during homeroom, I post a question of the day and they write their ideas. My idea is to have these available for next year’s students and parents to read to dispel any of their fears(lockers, getting lost, being late,etc.).

    9. Kevin McGroary September 2, 2007 at 11:41 am #

      I will continue using it to enhance home-school communication and our academic curriculum.

    10. Cheryl Morgan September 2, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

      The pb wiki is a great way to encourage students to REALLY work collaboratively. Here in the UK we teach a key skill called ‘working with others’ – students need to learn how to work as a team to plan, deliver and evaluate their projects. Using the wiki, we will be able to identify and evaluate the contributions made by individual team members. GREAT!

    11. LaToya DeHart and Claudia Dorf September 6, 2007 at 12:17 pm #

      As first year, Co- NESS Liaisons of Nova Blanche Elementary, we hope to use wiki to our greatest advantage. As of now, we do not have any first year educators on staff, however, our first goal will be to incorporate second year and new to Nova teachers. With the help of these teachers we are planning to form a Learning Community that will eventually assist the new educators and help with continuous improvement.

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    12. Jim Henson September 9, 2007 at 2:20 pm #

      I teach Advanced Placement Studio Art for high school students and my wife teaches Technical Writing at a university. Like many educators who have commented, we are now teaching most of our lesson plans from the PBWIKI server. We both upgraded to the Silver Level for the extra space so that we can create media-intensive group projects and photo galleries. I am our campus technology trainer as well as the school district’s fine arts webmaster and I plan to train our teachers to use PBWIKI as a primary communication tool among students, parents, staff, and the community. I hope one of your training seminars will come to North Texas- I would love to attend!

    13. Alex Kimbrell September 10, 2007 at 10:42 am #

      Wow, it seems as if web 2.0 seems to reach all the way to the classroom. There are so many comments for teachers who use wikis to keep students in touch outside the classroom, it’s the way of the future. Maybe in the future students won’t even have to leave their house to go to school and just jump online.

    14. Jen September 10, 2007 at 5:19 pm #

      I teach Arts and Humanities (visual art, drama, dance, and music, along with world cultures and their influence on the arts), and would like to use a wiki as a way to get students involved somehow and to let them use technology, which they know so much about and they love. Any ideas?

    15. Victoria Cogswell September 27, 2007 at 7:28 pm #

      My students (high school English)are wildly excited about our class wiki! I set it up over the summer and started the year with it. In the last month we have started a book review section, a weekly discussion question section (students have had amazingly successful discussions because they draw from other’s ideas and go from there – students who rarely volunteer an opinion in class also feel comfortable writing a response instead. I heard from 60-70 students instead of the same 10) We used the wiki for group collaboration on research presentations, and students are begging to add things to their own pages to make creative writing forums. Who knows what’s next? My classroom has expanded in a way I never dreamed it could.

    16. Cris Flay February 19, 2008 at 8:55 am #

      I am an ESL teacher at 2 K-8 schools. I can’t always be available for my students when they need help.

      I have started a wiki for one school’s 7th grade class who have an extensive poetry project. I am helping them find and share resources, clarifying questions and such 24/7.

      I love this. I plan on expanding it and using wikis for most classes and for many topics.

      I have also started a wiki for all the ESL teachers in my district to collaborate on lessons and share information.

      Cris

    17. Bonnie Bertoia February 29, 2008 at 3:19 am #

      I am a grade 8 Language Arts/Social Studies teacher. We are using pbwiki for the following:
      •research collaboration project involving a study trip to Thailand.
      • Literature circle discussions
      • portfolios
      • American Bill of Rights information and linking news articles that demonstrate how they are applied.
      • collaborative note taking and current events
      As a result, the kids are interested in writing well and finding unique ways to make links, apply the insert and plugins. We are having a great time!

    18. MrsRL April 3, 2008 at 10:40 pm #

      I plan on using this as extra classroom support for my year 12 students. They have such a short year that face to face teaching is simply not enough. This is a great way of helping them and helping them to help each other, outside of class.

    19. Russian girl April 22, 2008 at 11:27 am #

      As well I will continue using it to enhance home-school communication.

    20. Theresa June 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

      I teach teachers about technology, and use my wiki as a place to post all the resources from my classes. We also ue it as a way to disseminate information to teachers in the county.

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