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Wikis

Updates to Wikispaces

Wikispaces has a fresh new look to their site and has added some new features. And they’re still giving away ad-free wikis to educators.

New:

  • Create user accounts on your own: If you have an educator account, you can now enter up to 100 usernames (with or without email addresses) and Wikispaces creates user accounts and passwords for you. Great option for getting your students connected to your wiki in a hurry.
  • All your wikis are easy to get to from the green arrow at the top of every screen. Used to be a bit hidden on the side toolbar.

And though this isn’t new, it’s worth noting that Wikispaces makes it incredibly easy to incorporate content from other web services, including:

  • photos & slideshows
  • audio & video
  • chat sessions
  • RSS feeds
  • maps
  • polls
  • and much more.

Wordia – a video dictionary

This is way more fun than the vocabulary flash cards we used back in 3rd grade. Wordia is a collection of short videos submitted that explain the meaning of a word. Anyone can submit a video, some are casual, some goofy, some are a bit serious. But most of the ones I watched really did help understand the meaning of a word.

Wouldn’t this be a great class project?

Take a look for yourself and then get out your video cam and explain your favorite word.

One of my favorites was “fermata”, which was a new word for me!

(via: Infodoodads)

Wikispaces: 100,000 Free K-12 Wikis – and 250,000 More!

2 1/2 years ago, Wikispaces committed to giving away 100,000 ad-free, private, unlimited use wikis to K-12 educators. They reached that number this weekend. And are ready to start on the next 250,000! Wow.

250,000 More K-12 Wikis Like the first 100,000, all of our K-12 wikis feature all the benefits of our Plus service:

  • full privacy, only the people you allow in can see your wiki
  • no advertising, your online classroom will remain ad-free
  • unlimited use, as many users, pages, edits, and files, as you like, no limits
  • a customizable look and feel, so you can make it feel like home

Share Your Wikispaces in Education Story: Have a great story about how you’ve used Wikispaces? Share it!

The PBwiki Back to School Challenge

Seems that PBwiki is giving away premium accounts to librarians and educators. Sign up now at the PBwiki Back to School Challenge

Announcing a new way to make PBwiki a part of your classroom this year with:

* A FREE Premium PBwiki ($250 value)
* Tools to help spread the word
* Support for using 21st century collaboration tools in your classroom!

It’s free to join. Sign up to hear about the launch before anyone else.

High School Students Create Calculus Wiki to Help Future Students

From Jan Tunison at Scotia Glenville High School (NY):

Scotia-Glenville BC Calculus Wiki

Our BC calc students created a wiki for future classes to use. The students did a great job, especially with adding math content and the editing of math symbols, etc. The awesome teacher of this class allowed her students the freedom to create content, drive the vision of the wiki, and solve problems, and her students rose to the occasion. The student who actually created the backbone for the wiki is an incredible student.

This is an an impressive project! Well done!

Evaluating Web Content – in the age of blogs, wikis & social networking

Laura Cohen and Trudi Jacobson (U of Albany Libraries) have put together a terrific new guide to Evaluating Web Content, with particular attention being paid to blogs, wikis, social networking, multimedia sources and more.

10 years ago, Trudi and Laura collaborated on what I’ve always considered the definitive guide to evaluating web content. Their new guide is equally invaluable.

From Laura’s blog post Evaluating Web Content in the 2.0 Era:

“In a way, it’s fair to say that evaluative criteria don’t really change based on the type of site or material encountered. While this may be true, it’s also the case that students need help with looking for cues in different types of environments. In fact, some students aren’t even sure what they’re looking at.”