I’ve had wikis on the brain lately (as anyone subscribed to my Furl feed would know.) They were a hot topic at the workshop I did last weekend, and I’ve been putting together my presentation for CIL this week called “Wikis @ Your Library” (which, if anyone has any more links to wikis in libraries I’d love to see them.) So this article (via Amy Bowllan) from the Washington Post was pretty interesting and has some relevance.
Phillipson’s students can go to a wiki he designed and highlight a phrase in a poem such as John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale.” From “tender is the night,” for example, they could create links to their own essays, a scanned image of the ink-blotted original manuscript, artwork, something about the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel with that title — anything.
While the Wikipedia model is very cool in terms of negotiated meaning of ideas, I’m starting to think the more applicable model for K-12 at least is the Northern Voice model where people add resources without doing too much in the way of collaborative writing.
But at any rate, this report highlights the way these technologies are taking hold in what seems to be a pretty positive form. Here’s a link that I dug up for the Artificial Paradise Project highlighted in the story.