Use of wikis in the classroom Sarah Prescott Kenick Assistant Professor of Chemistry University of New Hampshire Manchester [email protected] http://sprescott.wikispaces.com Outline What is a wiki? How do we use it in the classroom? Get hands on! Ask questions anytime! Wiki Questions What is it? What can we do with it? How can I best use it in my classroom? How hard is it to use? Will my students be able to use it? Other questions you want to ask? What is a wiki? It is a free* online tool that allows you to create your own website easily without knowing any computer programming. It keeps automatic track of all previous versions of pages, so you can track progress. While limited in its bells and whistles, it is an easy way to get your content online. Multiple users on at any time, allows for great group work possibilities. Did I mention it is free? *some wiki sites allow you to pay extra for extra features What can we do with it? Group or individual projects I have my students put their semester projects on a wiki instead of a written paper I have students put research in progress on a wiki for all to see Other colleagues have students put lab work in progress in a team wiki Classroom information Instead of a content manager like blackboard or moodle Great for anything you would like the public to know about – service projects, outreach, etc. Professional website Other suggestions? Show us some examples Organic Chemistry Student Research based projects – service learning project involving high school chemistry teachers and green chemistry – also larger outreach project http://teachgreenchemnh.wikispaces.com/ Biochemistry Student projects – describe a lab technique and connect it to scientific research http://kenickbiochem09.wikispaces.com/ General Chemistry Student projects – general interest projects where they demonstrate applicability of chemistry to their lives http://chem403fall2007kenick.pbworks.com/ My own professional website http://sprescott.wikispaces.com/ Show us how… Multiple free wiki hosting sites out there. I have used wikispaces most often, but have also used pbwiki. We will use wikispaces today to get you set up with an account (free), and your own wiki site. Let’s go! www.wikispaces.com Click on get started, it will lead you through setting up an account. Please remember to write down your username and password, I have no way to retrieve this for you. Once everyone has an account, we will move forward on getting a wiki site up with a new page with some content. Please ask questions anytime. Resources and Acknowledgements www.wikispaces.com www.sprescott.wikispaces.com Thanks to all my current and past students for their work on these wiki projects. Questions?