Reflections on Web 2.0 tools and student learning

May 23, 2007

Wikis and blogs in senior secondary classrooms

Filed under: teaching, web 2.0 — melindaphillips @ 4:54 am

We know that wikis and blogs can be used to support learning. But what do they look like in the classroom?  I want to share with you an example of one blog and one wiki being used currently in two senior secondary classes. 

This wiki supports a Computer Fundamentals subject and is a terrific source of ideas and information!  The link I have provided is to the students’ e-portfolios (submitted last week), but have a look around at the rest of the site, especially all of the pages and links contained in the left side-bar.

The blog is a Mathematics blog – the teacher, Mr Kuropatwa is sharing concepts, slides, and feedback; and the students are posting in the blog too.  It is very maths focused (as you would expect!) but does demonstrate one use of blogs in the classroom.

The final site I have included today is the Teaching Hacks wiki.  It is full of teacher resources (think audio, images and videos) as well as comprehensive, easy to access information on a variety of Web 2.0/education topics. 

If you have any other examples of wikis and blogs currently supporting classroom learning, leave a comment and share them – it is terrific to see what is working for teachers in schools around the world. 

Until next week!




  1. I think the teaching hacks wiki was a particularly good set of ideas and resources. It does help when someone can look for and share resources. Thats probably one of the benefits of this scheme, it beats normal inservices, that we don’t have time for.

    Comment by eventhorizon2 — May 23, 2007 @ 11:47 am

  2. Recently, some 11/12 English students have a task to produce a short film. Of course many students are not in IT subjects, so as the HOD of IT, I have a steady line of kids asking me how to do this….so I figured I’d look into it. (Not sure how to add to this blog).

    I checked out a couple of online video hosts and found that JUMPCUT.COM would probably meet the needs of the task for students with low IT (video) skills. Issue is that of course being a Web2.0 joint, there are lots of images of girls, which will distract the boys … but if we can get around that, then the features of the site are great … so that lets them produce a film.

    Next issue is the variety of formats that their clips will come in….check out which is a FREE video converter – plus more convertions … which solves that issue.

    Anyway, thanks for the blog update … on another note … held my first Web2.0 session this week, 20 responds to the call via email, 3 people show up and 1 was the ex IT HOD and the other my IT Trainee….go figure….given the push for 21st century learning, a little dissapointing … but thats never stopped me….


    Comment by Dean Groom — May 23, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

  3. I have just discovered this blog via the Teaching Hacks wiki, and will be subscribing to it – the exciting thing about the net is the rich array of resources both human and physical that can be sourced – the scary thing is staying awake 24/7 to try to look at them all!!!!

    I’ll keep reading with interest!

    Comment by Kay — May 27, 2007 @ 6:47 am

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