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Technology in the Classroom: Blogs and Wikis

This guide covers some of the technology used in primary, secondary and post compulsory classrooms.

Introduction

Encouraging your students to blog is a fantastic way of sharing and celebrating the learning that is going on in your classroom.

Writing for a real audience is motivational and having others from arround the world commenting really brings home how important the written word can be.

Wikis are another great way to share information and of course collaborate with others.

Here is an example of a Wiki used with our students at the IOE to share their resources and ideas for educational visits.

http://learningoutsidetheclassroom.wikispaces.com/

 

Blogs and Wikis: The basics

Blogs
Web logs or 'Blogs' can be used by teachers or students to easily share ideas, resources and information online.

A useful website to compare Blogging tools for primary.

http://ianaddison.net/blogging-with-children/

 An example of an educational  blog in action is Ewan Mc Intosh's http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/

Here are some examples of websites that allow you to create your own free blog:

Wikis
Wiki a hawaiian word for fast or quick is a website that allows the quick and easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser. Wikis are often collaborative and are a great way for students to share their work and ideas with others.

Here is example of a website that allows you to create a free wiki and is focused on educational use: 

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