Posts tagged ‘Wikis’

Wikis Make Learning Wicked Fun

The notion of techies huddled in isolation in front of monitors has given way to the concept of sharing data and/or ideas across the office or across the ocean. Students, professionals, or like-minded hobbyists can now be linked on line by more than mere discussion boards or chat rooms. Wikis now give a venue for virtually anyone to collaborate on line.

How can I utilize them for students?

The idea of a collaborative creation space for students has limitless possibilities. Students can create a biology on-line textbook. In Literature Circles (Harvey Daniels) students can culminate the process with a set of “Cliff Notes” on the book studied. Students can collaborate with a school across town or across the country to create any kind of a project. For ideas, visit Wikispaces’ “Examples of Educational Wikis”, which is itself a Wiki and as such can be amended by users.

Author: Jon Orech, TechLearning, 1st April 2008

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April 8, 2008 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Recent Workshop Wikis: Sketchasting and More…

I’m in the middle of two weeks of relatively intense workshop activity and realized I haven’t been sharing my workshop wikis here lately. So, here are the agendas (with links to everything I mention and materials if applicable) for each of the recent workshops that I have permission to share:

Sketchcasting – This workshop was based on the latest tool I found to share with teachers using Tablet PCs. In essence, is a web-based sketching program that is actually responsive enough to work well with a Tablet PC pen and which allows users to save and share their sketches online, complete with narration. It’s like being able to save what happens on the whiteboard – erase the board and keep going as many times as you like during your narration.

Author: Mark Wagner, Educational Technology and Life Blog, 4th April 2008

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April 4, 2008 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

CUE 2008 Workshop Wikis

Though I missed the EduBloggercCon-West on March 5th (to help Eva with Clark – and to get some writing done), I was thrilled to spend most of the past weekend presenting at the 2008 CUE conference in Palm Springs. Below are links to the wikis for each workshop or sesison that I lead. Each wiki includes the session agenda, hotlinks to anything I mentioned, and any slides, videos, or handouts I shared. Please feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions or feedback.

Author: Mark Wagner, Educational Technology and Life Blog, 10th March 2008

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March 10, 2008 at 9:08 pm Leave a comment

Big Basket of Stuff #2

…in which even amnesiacs can remember games…students get connected and wikis get adopted..

Readers should get game-literate – Far from spelling the end of proper storytelling, video games point towards its future: “When the popular novel was as new an idea as video games, the great and good were certain, as they were with early cinema, that no sophistication could come from this prose business, especially the sort of filth Samuel Richardson scribbled about.”

Replaying the Game: Hypnagogic Images in Normals and Amnesics: ” Robert Stickgold caused 17 different people to have the same dream. In doing so, he added to evidence that the purpose of sleep is to process information — to take the jumble of a day’s events, filter it, and send important impressions to the brain’s memory centers. (Tetris Effect)

Author: Mark Oehlert,

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March 5, 2008 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

Big Basket of Stuff #1: Wikis, IMs, and 3D

Pardon this hodge podge but I have waaayyy too many items to get through them individually and quite frankly the number of tabs I have open is getting a little scary.Agencies Share Information By Taking a Page From Wikipedia: “That’s right, the Office of Management and Budget, where caution and precision rule, has embraced Wikipedia as a model, hosting an online place where federal officials can swap information and ideas outside traditional boundaries.”

Meebo announces new features and partners: “First off, they have introduced a developer API for their Meebo Rooms product. This will allow people to integrate a Meebo Room into their own Web site. Meebo has said that this API will “…further accelerate the widespread adoption of Meebo rooms.” Meebo is hoping that Web site owners will take this as an opportunity to build a community.”
**Seriously, I’ve been using Meebo since it came out and it is growing up nicely….be sure to check out the “Room” feature…

Make3D turns your vacation photos into 3D worlds: “Ever wish you could recreate the effect of those neat multilens 3D cameras without having to buy the hardware? Lucky for you there’s some cool 3D technology coming out of Stanford called Make3D. The service uses machine learning to go over your photograph and recreate depth and perspective in three dimensions.”

SpeakLike translates chatting as you go: “It appears like an ordinary chat application as you type. Choose which languages you want to speak in. You can see what you’re typing in your own language and what the other person is seeing translated. If a word or phrase is more complex, SpeakLike will go to a human translator and make sure it’s accurate. The company says the more you use it the smarter it becomes and the faster it will return results in the future.”

Xtranormal: If you always wanted to direct: “Xtranormal makes a fun tool for making animated shows with cartoon characters. It could also be a tool for making machinima, if the company manages to license characters from game companies.”

Seven Strategies for Implementing a Successful Corporate Wiki

Author: Mark

March 5, 2008 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment


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