Steve is showing off wikis at the Building Learning Communities conference and he created one for us to play with (or vandalize.) It’s interesting to hear the reactions of teachers, and it’s generating some good thinking. Alan is talking about how this would be a great administrative tool for people to hash out problems and discussions before meetings. Some fear about what kids might do, but also some good ideas about how they might be used in the classroom. And now we’re looking at Wikipedia.
At dinner last night we were talking more about wikis and their potential. I know there has been some back and forth here as to the potential implementation and scale in a K-12 setting, but you can’t deny that there are some huge possibilities for implementation that are very, very cool. It’s constructivist to the core, and it’s collaborative in ways that most teachers haven’t even considered yet.
Absolutely couldn’t agree with you more about wikis Will. Keep up the GREAT work you do 😀
Tom Hoffman says
Things like notes before during and after meetings are great uses for wikis. The trick is that the more mundane uses are probably bigger wins than the more complex constructivist visions.
Steve D says
The conference blog was a tremendous asset, but I’m very curious to see what could have come out of a conference Wiki. It surely would be a fantastic way to flesh out fledgling ideas. I’ve done some idle browsing and I’m surprised there isn’t a more comprehensive wiki out there about the long term implications this will have in education.