Using wikis in high schools
Since my last post, I have had a bit of a breakthrough in my own science clases. I have set up groups and given each group a page on the LMS. This includes a wiki in which they record their progress. All groups have access to each other's work. Each group makes a presentation based on the work on their page. The themes were chosen by students around the broad theme of Global Change. Each group had to prepare stuff around between 1 and 3 learning objectives ie this is what they were trying to teach the rest of the class (including me) through their presentation.
This basically formed the assessment for a 4 week Global Change unit in Year 10 Science.
I enjoyed being able to track and comment on student's work between classes. The students liked creating materials in their own page and being able to assemble knowledge from a wide range of sources. Most found relevant YouTube materials and there were lots of good images and slides. Students are now carrying out peer group evaluation based on how much they think they learned from each other's presentations.
This is all facilitated quickly and easily using ICT - I could not have done this using conventional paper based methods--Robin 09:51, 14 September 2009 (UTC)