Tuesday, May 06, 2008

a new twist on 1001 nights

As I have been preparing for my presentation on using wikis in the classroom tomorrow I am continually amazed by the thinking, creating and imagination that is already present on the web via wikis. For example, The 1001 Tales wiki is a collaboration between schools from Canada, US and Australia. Students are encouraged to write and publish a story of their world. They are also expected to peer review each other's stories .
What a wonderful way to value and recognise the work of young people.


Jane said...

part in the es1001 Tales this year and it was our first time at:
1. using a wiki
2. collaboratively working with a class
3. buddying with a class half the world away.
The class and I had a huge learning experience from this participation. I learned how to use a wiki, how to take and edit a video to share with our buddy class, and the students learned a lot about working with other students that they could only contact via our wikipage.
We have also been participating in Voices of the World - which is organised via a Ning - and connect children around the world through their voices and language.
We are now taking part in another global writing project this time using Google Docs and once again the learning is amazing. I encourage every teacher to use the Web 2.0 tools available and connect with the world.

Scott said...

Fantastic idea and would love to get something similar going in my school, is there a way to search for wikis/projects such as this? please email me hamilton.scott.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

Anne said...
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Anne said...

Hi Jane, Congratulations on your new journey into the Web 2.0 world. I get really excited when I witness our students making connections with students from all over the world. It truly is a "flat" world now. I would love to hear more about the project with Google Docs. I use it with teachers to collaborate and plan but haven't used it with students.

Anne said...

Hi Scott
For the past year or so I have been gradually building a wiki that is a collection of resources and Web2.0 applications for use in the classroom. If you go to this link http://teaching-with-technology.wikispaces.com/ and look for the section on wikis, you will find a collection of ideas and examples that I hope will be helpful. I'll also email you with this information. regards Anne