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Thanks for stopping by our wiki!! This is a mock classroom site for an educational technology class. We hope you enjoy looking around and get a few ideas of what you might be able to do for your classroom. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Jennifer’s Classroom Ideas:
A class photo
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Notes: (For students or parents and in this case you!)
What is a Wiki?
A wiki is a web site that lets others join in to create and edit the content. All you need is a computer with an internet connection. Wikis are always changing as people add to it. The famous example is Wiki-Pedia, which is an online encyclopedia with millions of contributors and editors. The word "wiki" comes from Hawaiian language, meaning "quick" or "fast." Check out the Common Craft video, Wikis in Plain English for a great overview.



Use
This is a site where your students can post their projects and share their class work. It gives parents a way to see what is going on and allows the students to really enjoy learning some savvy computer skills. It is also a way for the teacher to keep in contact with students and parents, post reminders, homework, and share some fun activities for his/her students.

Why bother?
You need to remember that most children have used a computer by the time they enter school. They usually are more computer literate than their parents and sometimes their teacher. You need to be innovative and relevant. As a teacher you need to always strive to give your students technology that is going to help them in this fast paced world of ours. Remember wikis are a great way to promote 21st century skills and they should be used interactively to achieve the full benefit for the students. Please watch the video Did You Know for some great insight and a reminder of the bigger picture. (click the title the link is provided.)

Navigation
Click on the Navigation links to go to other pages. When you have made your own class wiki, put a link to it on this site. To do this, however, you'll need to join this wiki so that I can give you editing rights. Simply click on "Join this Wiki" under Actions.

Managing Wikis
As the manager of this wiki I can accept you, but also 'lock' any pages so that you can't change (including delete) those pages. This is a useful feature for your grade's wiki. You'll be able to allow the students to edit some pages but not others. You can also view a page's history to see who did what, and to undo any major accidental deletions. There is a great tutorial when you sign up. Basic Wikis are free so what are you waiting for? Get out there and create and have fun!! Your students will love it!!

http://blackhill.wikispaces.com/