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  • 1. Blended Learning with Wikispaces By: Melissa Aho Escanaba Public Schools Michigan Reading Association Conference View online at: Sunday, March 16, 14

2. About Me Im from Upper Michigan- Escanaba Ive been teaching since 2005 after earning my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Language Arts from Northern Michigan University. Im finishing up my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction- my speciality is Education Technology in the Classroom. My family is full of teachers I love my job! Sunday, March 16, 14 3. What is Blended Learning? Sunday, March 16, 14 4. What is a wiki? Wikis move your student beyond the Web 1.0 classroom (strictly reading information) to a Web 2.0 experience (more interactive). The word "wiki" comes from Hawaiian language, meaning "quick" or "fast." A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant.You can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. A wiki is continuously under revision. It is a living collaboration whose purpose is the sharing of the creative process and product by many. Sunday, March 16, 14 5. The evolution of the wiki It was introduced in 1995 by Ward Cunningham The first wikis were used in restricted circles for corporations and computer programming as a place to facilitate communication 2001: Wikipedia- first wiki for the general public 2002-2009: Explosion of wikis and wide use in the public- many programs created 2005- Wikispaces was created Sunday, March 16, 14 6. Wiki vs. Blog Sunday, March 16, 14 7. What is a Wikispace? Wikispace is my preferred wiki program: 14 million users, Free for educators No fine print, no usage limits, no advertising, no catches. It is very user friendly, especially for teachers Sunday, March 16, 14 8. Why use a Wikispace? Its the future of education- The State of Michigan considers best practices as providing an online learning experience for students. It brings an online learning experience to your classroom Simplicity and Accessibility Collaboration Active Learning Project-Based Learning Organization of your best learning resources and content Quick Feedback Kids love it! It can reach the seemingly unreachable! Sunday, March 16, 14 9. Classroom Organization As one teacher says, The wiki is my hub. I guess you could say, I have a wiki-centric classroom. Whether it is blogs, podcasts, wikis, or vodcasts, if it is created in my classroom it is linked on the wiki. If the student creates it, they are to link it. It gives us one place to organize and post and one place to send content to me. Parent-Teacher Communication (You can post monthly newsletters on the wiki) Post unit plans, homework assignment links, study guides, pacing guides, and any other resources you want students to have access to anytime and anywhere. Sunday, March 16, 14 10. Classroom Content Lesson summaries/ class notes/ videos (even Khan Academy!) Work on projects, group or individual (links well with YouTube) Discussion/ peer or teacher editing Journaling/Reading Response/Reflections Virtual Science Fair Projects Student Portfolios Literature Circles Research Collaborative Writing: newspapers, poetry, stories (teaches writing and revision) Sunday, March 16, 14 11. Motivation Sunday, March 16, 14 12. Lets do it! Wikispaces has great tutorial videos! We will have a brief tour and demonstration of my page You will have the rest our time to work on setting up your own Wikispace page. Create pages on your new wikispace page for each unit you teach and start linking the resources you use for the units to your page Gather new resources :) Im here to help you get started! Questions? Sunday, March 16, 14