Thursday, August 16, 2007

New learning through a wiki

So as I continue to work on my collaborative wiki I learn to love and hate it. I like it because it is exciting to learn new things. I enjoy the prospect of using a wiki as a learning tool within my classroom. From using it as a collaboration with other teachers or as a way for students to collaborate together like in the teen life wiki project. A wiki is a useful way for teachers to explore the internet and different ways it could be used. It could be used as a classroom home page, updating due dates, up coming events or for showing off student work or field trips.
I found my wiki fairly easy to start with. It was easy to set up, find out how some things worked, like linking or making internal pages, took some playing around with but it didn't take me too long to get there. I have been adding pictures from Flickr and taught myself how to link the picture to the sight just the same as you would a word in the page itself. It makes the page look cleaner. I hope this is enough when it comes to giving credit where credit is due.
As for hating it, well it just might be the wiki spaces template that I have chosen. I don't feel you have a lot of creative freedom with it. The backdrop is pretty boring. I don't like that you can't change the font, or that you are limited to 4 different sizes of lettering. I don't like that I can't center the pictures once they are inserted into the page. I decided to try to insert a table today on the home page. This was a bigger project than I had anticipated. I couldn't delete the table, I think I have 2 or 3 extra tables on the page now because of how I was moving things around, and it kept recreating tables. So I have to do some more exploring with the tables.
The wiki is coming along though, and I am pretty happy with how it is turning out so far content wise. Kyle has added some really neat things that I had never seen before. The planet size comparison was a really neat slide show, I will definitely use that. We chose a pretty large topic which really makes the wiki feel unfinished (I know wiki's are never done), but almost needing more content before the due date unfinished. I know that we will keep adding to it over our internships, I hope it will evolve over time and more people will find this wiki and add to it.

1 comment:

Shareski said...

Wikispaces is a bit tough to format...I've had issues with tables as well.