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The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom

The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom
This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world. It also can can be found in its entirety on As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. Background Concepts such as open source, copyleft, collaborative writing, and volunteer contributions for the public good can be new and unfamiliar ideas to many students. Wikipedia offers an opportunity for educators to explore concepts of public trust that are likely to continue growing in prominence throughout the lives of today’s population of youth. Some common questions that students and educators ask about Wikipedia are answered below based on the status of Wikipedia and on reasonable projections for its immediate future. What does wiki mean? Is Wikipedia accurate and reliable? Can students cite Wikipedia in assignments?

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70 Tools And 4 Reasons To Make Your Own Infographics Infographics are everywhere. Some love them. Some hate them. But however you feel, it’s fun to learn a little bit in a short period of time. Most are made so you can quickly grasp the key concepts behind them. That’s a key thing to keep in mind if you want to make your own infographics . The Top 20 Education Blogs Technorati ranks more than 100,000 blogs with “authority” calculations “based on a site’s linking behavior, categorization and other associated data over a short, finite period of time.” I don’t know what all that means, but it allows for comparison of blogs across and within all categories. The site doesn’t have an “education” category, so it requires going through the comprehensive listing to pick them out one at a time.

Using design to hook my students into their project One of the best parts of PBL is the hook lesson (or the project launch, whatever you wanna call it). I know it’s dumb to think that the very first lesson is the best part, but seriously they are as memorable as the concluding celebration of learning but with WAY less anxiety, and therefore honestly more fun. Year 7 are currently working on a project that engages them with the highs and lows of transitioning from childhood to being a teenager. They’re reading the Tim Winton novel Lockie Leonard: Human Torpedo and will be creating a website to help year 6 students in NZ and Perth to support them in their impending transition.

Don't Miss These Excellent Back to School Resources from Wikispaces Back in spring, the popular wiki-hosting platform Wikispaces debuted the-just-for-education product called Wikispace Classroom offering teachers and educators a more convenient space to create and host their classroom wikis. For those of you who are not yet familiar with the concept of using wikis in education I would recommend reading this excellent guide. Part of your work during this first month of your back to school would probably be channeled towards setting up a virtual space where you can share learning materials, assignments, homework, upload files, and where you can also engage parents in the learning taking place inside the classroom. Of course based on your digital inclinations and what works best for your teaching/ learning situation, your classroom virtual space can either be anything like a website, blog, or a wiki. Tutorials Here is a list of some god tutorials created by Wikispaces to help you better understand and use their platform effectively.

Teaching Creativity – The Case for Mind Mapping If thinking is about making connections between pieces of information, then creative thinking is making the connections that no one else has seen. However, when we tell students to find relationships between seemingly disparate ideas, we often get blank stares—why? According to thinkers like Ken Robinson, it’s because our education system kills creativity. From the moment they lift a pen, students are taught to think linearly. They read books from start to finish, left to right and top to bottom.

Twitter for Teachers Find this page at: Set up your Twitter account by going to: Remember (or write down) your username and passwordAfter you enter your name/e-mail/Twitter username, you can close the tab/window you have open, go back to Twitter and log back in. A quick, 90-second video showing what you might find on Twitter: A good 12-minute video walking you through the basics of Twitter:

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What Sir Ken Got Wrong “We are educating people out of their creativity” Sir Ken Robinson Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas on education are not only impractical; they are undesirable. If you’re interested in education, at some point someone will have sent you a link to a video by Sir Ken Robinson, knighted for services to education in England in 2003.