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Contact-new.svg Verbena Wilburg
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This user was certified a Wiki Apprentice Level 2 by Pschlicht .

My Profile

I am Verbena Wilburg, from Guyana. I am presently a lecturer in Spanish Methodology at the Cyril Potter College of Education, our local teacher-training institution. Six years ago I retired from the Ministry of Education where I held the position of School Inspector, Modern Languages. i enjoy what I am doing since I always preferred interacting with learners, an element that is missing from administrative positions. Since my introduction to web 2.0 tools via an OAS workshop, I have become hopelessly addicted to them. I have set up a website and blog site and used them to work with a group of my students. The enthusiasm and interest generated was amazing. I am looking forward to this opportunity to increasing my knowledge in the area of integrating technology into teaching.

Professional Background

I have been an educator (Teacher, Administrator, Inspector)for the beter part of forty years.The greatr part of my professional life has been spent in teacher-centred classrooms, with static rows and dry, word-filled texts. How bore my long-suffering students must have been!!!

This shift towards a more student-centred approach makes adds richness and dynamism to the learning process. Now I realize that those students who were taught through traditional modes were stifled and deprived of opportunities to express themselves in ways that would havae drawn upon their unique capabilities. They were forced to conform to the mould outlined by he person in absolute control - the teacher

In my effort to encourage my teaacher-trainees to become more engaged with lesson content, I have been using Google Teaching Apps, Wordpress, Haiku LMS, Glogster, Voicethread, Polldaddy, Wordle and Prezi. We have been using tracks (Trackstar4teachers) and they have done several online quizes using Zoho Challenge and

Sad to say, some are reluctant to venture out, preferring the safety and relative annonymity of the traditional classroom. Add to his the fact that we do not have connecivity so many of hem have to pay a fee a internet cafes to get the work done. However, the majority have embraced the opportunity to play a more acive role in their learning, despite the cost.

Our college has several centres spread all over the country and a lot of thought is being given to e-learning. I believe that the wiki editing skills acquired through this programme will prove to be an invaluable asset, especially with regard to creating OE resources. Thanks for creaing the opportunity


My Interests



My Projects

My Sandbox

My sandbox

I am in my sandbox, practicing how to use bold and italics. I may as well do some underlining as well.

Now let us move on to headings.


Day Four

Tutorial Four

Using Headings

I have used Headings 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively in the four preceding expressions

Creating Lists  

Using the Rich Text Editor

 Bulleted List

  • Tutorial One
  • Tutorial Two
  • Tutorial Three
  • Tutorial Four 

Numbered List

  1. Tutorial One
  2. Tutorial Two
  3. Tutorial Three
  4. Tutorial Four

Using Wiki Markup

Bulleted List

  • Lists are not difficult to create
  • Simply start each line with an asterisk
  • Like this
    • Use two or more asterisks for nested lists
    • Like this.

Numbered Lists

  1. Numbered lists are necessary for ordered displays of information
  2. They are not difficult to prepare
    1. I can even nest them like this
      1. Simply by increasing the number of symbols
  3. How am I going to remember all this?
  4. Thanks for the Cheatsheet

Mixed Lists

  1. This is my first numbered item
  2. Followed by the second
    • This is my first nested bulleted item
    • Followed by my second
      • And third
  3. This is my third item


Creating External Links

  1. Annotated bookmarking site
  2. Fantastic Search Engine

Creating Internal Links

  1. Registration
  2. Informative Workshops

Creating links to non-existent pages

My Booklist

Using wiki markup

I will now use wiki markup to create my external links

  1. As a numbered reference
  2. As a piped link

Now for the internal links

  1. Learning4Content
  2. Wikieducator Workshops

My Reflection

Participating in this exercise was clearly a sensible decision. Even at this early stage I have been provided with much food for thought - the concept of OER, benefits and concerns. I have been introduced to new sites - wilkbooks, wictionary, wikiquotes. I have already provided colleagues with the relevant links. I have a good feeling about this course

Making progress. Participated in an extremely informative session on on Sun night. Want to try out the application at College, particularly since we have several out-of-town centres. A situation where a tutor from the main centre can share information with students at another centre, perhaps in a subject area where there is no lecturer, comes to mind. Of course, I am assuming that there is connectivity

Have just added a link to my country page at the end of my user page.

This experience has been invaluable. I must admit though, that I am not current with my assignments. For me, it is just not possible to complete each day's tutorials in the time estimated. As I work through the programme I keep wondering about ways to make use of this knowledge in my professional activities.

I am taking another shot at this programme. I intend to finish it this time around.

My interests

I'm interested in:

  • Browsing the internet
  • Trying out web 2.0 tools

My Website, blog and contact particulars

My Blogpad

My website


Feedback & Notes from my WikiNeighbours

(Comment.gif: Hi Verbena, Great work you are doing on your page. I agree with you,This workshop is a great opportunity for knowledge sharing. With Internet connectivity, a whole new world of opportunities is opened for both we the teachers and the students we are guiding. Keep up the good work --Ibrahim Oyekanmi)
Hi Verbena,

Greetings! How r u?
Hope you are enjoying the L4C in the company of our versatile and most friendly facilitators. Hope to meet you soon in WE collaborative projects.

Warm regards
Anil Prasad 04:35, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: hello Verbena, You have made a good start and your page is already looking good. Please add more content to it. Hoping to continue working with you. --RCSharma 12:05, 6 February 2010)

Hi Verbena nice work on your page... this is really an interesting experience --LeRoy Hill, CEN 07:50, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Dear Verbena. Well done. You have made great progress. With a little bit more practice you will become a skilled WikiMaster soon. I have moved the content under your Sandbox into your Sandbox, because this is where your practise area is, and also to keep your front page look clean. I have now certified you. Warm wishes, --Patricia Schlicht 22:04, 12 February 2010 (UTC))

Hi Verbena! Nice to meet you again! We were already in Caribbean Regional Learning4Content Online Workshop together! --Teromakotero 13:20, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

80px-Wikineighbour V2.pngGreat progress Verbena. Please let me know if you need any help :-) --Gladys Gahona C. 13:07, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

Welcome to eL4C36

  • Enjoy the workshop
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