Best Wiki 2006 Finalists


APWH – This wiki served as the center for two major projects for Dan McDowell’s Advanced Placement World History classes. The first project had students collaborating to review for the AP exam. The Holocaust Wiki Project was the second undertaking by the students. For this project the students created a branching simulation based upon extensive online research.

Dan currently teaches world history to 15 years olds at West Hills High School, Santee, CA, USA. He has been working on integrating technology-based projects with his students for his entire teaching career. In the last couple of years he has been using wikis for several projects. He blogs about using Web 2.0 tools and teaching at A History Teacher.

Classroom Google Earth was setup by Tom Barrett in October 2006. For nearly 2 years Tom has been using Google Earth as a teaching and learning tool in his classroom and has been publishing select curriculum based work on the Google Earth Forum. With over 15,000 views and counting, Tom has extended the sharing of these valuable resources onto the wikispace platform. He hopes that the greater accessibility of wikis will further encourage colleagues to contribute their Google Earth ideas and resources.

Tom is currently an assistant headteacher and Year 6 teacher at Priestsic Primary and Nursery School in Nottinghamshire, England. He has been exploring the breadth of web 2.0 collaborative tools this academic year with his class of ten year olds. He has begun a professional blog of his ponderings as well as a blog for his class.

CoLearners is a wiki site maintained by David Warlick for his professional development activities. For more than a decade, he has made his handouts available almost exclusively online and to the public. They have existed as static web pages, on PiNet Library (a CMS developed by Warlick), and a Moodle Site. Warlick as settled on a wiki for a number of reasons. Using PMWiki, an open source wiki engine by Patrick Michaud, Warlick utilizes a number of added extensions and some of his own hacks to provide dynamic and user editable content for his keynotes and workshops, instantly available photos from the events, aggregated blog entries from participants who have attended in reflected on what they learned, lists of relevant links from RSS feeds, and self-generating wiki pages for attendees to share their notes into collaborative session notebooks.

David Warlick is an independent education consultant, who has written a number of books about educational technology and new literacy, and spoken to audiences of educators throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. He lives with his wife, two children, and Rasta the dog, in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

The Flat Classroom project is a collaborative genuine assessment project between Vicki Davis‘ 15-17 year old Computer Science Class (10th grade) at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia and Julie Lindsay’s grade 11 ITGS class (16-18 year old) at International School Dhaka (ISD) in Bangladesh. This two and a half week project is the semester assessment for each class with one student from each classroom paired to create a wiki and video artifacts about topics emerging from the ten flatteners as outlined in Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat and their affect on the business and educational worlds. The wiki has served as the hub, assessment tool, project management tool, and discussion area for this asynchronous project. All student work will be turned in by Tuesday, December 12th at 12 midnight GMT and judging will occur from a panel of international judges . Everything done in this project has been documented via wiki and individual class blogs in order to promote easy duplication of such projects by other educators.

SupportBlogging! was started by Steve Hargadon to promote the benefits of educational blogging during the dialog on DOPA. The wiki grew so quickly that within days of being started it drew the attention of School Library Journal, which soon published a short article on it. With the collaborative efforts of edubloggers worldwide, the site now provides help to new bloggers; runs an email list for edubloggers; lists and allows searching of hundreds of student, teacher, class, administrator blogs; lists and allows searching of articles, books, videos, podcasts, workshops, and conferences on edublogging; and is spawning a series of edublogger “meetups” at ed tech shows and an annual EduBloggerCon.

Steve Hargadon is based outside of Sacramento, California, USA. He sells computers to schools under the website, runs the Open Source labs for the CUE and NECC ed tech shows, and has started a series of training workshops under the banner (where he also hosts series of audio interviews on educational
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5 responses to “Best Wiki 2006 Finalists”

  1. Sorry Vicki – it comes of working on things at 1am! Everything should be fine now – let me know if not.

  2. I know how 1 am goes! My kids have begged me to open the lab tomorrow (Saturday) and it plans to be a long one! But what a dream for a teacher. Thank you again for such a great program. It is an honor just to be nominated.