I’ve just finished being part of my first teachmeet – the first online teachmeet no less! The TMETRU09 was absolutely fantastic. I had volunteered to do a presentation and felt rather sick before hand, particularly as it was talking about my experiences of wikis as a relatively new user rather than anything groundbreaking. However, as always with ETRU events I was made to feel very welcome & there were plenty of positive comments regarding my presentation & loads of inspiration from other presenters. I always find ETRU meetings full of interesting ideas, so it was really great to feel part of that in some small way. I’m really glad I did it, so the next teachmeet is at BETT in January – I will be signing up to present – will you?!
This is my first Teachmeet, however I have found EdTechRoundUps to be fantastic opportunities to discuss all things ed tech with other, very enthusiastic & knowledgeable teachers. Therefore the chance to join in in the first ever EdTechRoundUp TeachMeet #TMETRU09 is very exciting.
My nano presentation looks at how I am using wikis with my GCSE and A Level classes. We have no VLE at my school and therefore I find them a fantastic way of encouraging collaboration between my students, and indeed communicating with and engaging them – vital prior to exam time.
I was a late starter to using wikis in the classroom, however taking over a class in April and needing to give them a lot of theory in just over a month helped me to take the plunge and get going. I was looking for ways to give them the information they needed and complete their revision but in a more engaging way than traditional methods. I also wanted their work to be collaborative and for them to have a source of information they could refer back to during their exam leave.
Hence, my first wiki was born. Not very glamorous, but did the job amazingly well. The students were assigned sections & pages to research & update. I commented on them and then someone else added to the work. I answered exam questions and they marked them (they liked that a lot). They answered exam questions. Just another way of getting them through revision.
However, what was most pleasing was that the boys who were in danger of getting lower grades as they found it really hard to concentrate in the lessons, were absolutely totally engaged with any task on the wiki. So, I knew that they were learning something and not just daydreaming! They all came out with grades higher than hoped – I think some of the is down to the intense appeal of the revision wiki – the right tool at the right time.
I have since gone on to use a wiki with my IGCSE class. It’s clearly a working document and one of the students is currently designing our logo, and it’s working really well. Those of you who have seen some well established wikis such as The Flat Classroom project know how good they can look. I’ve still lots to learn, however, I really do love wikis!