It’s Official — Westwood Wikispace has been named wikispace of the Month

We appreciate Adam and the folks at Wikispaces naming our blog their Wikispace of the month. The students were so very excited and their teacher (me) was blown away!

One thing I've noticed is that now that there's a fair amount of traffic at our site, I get requests from “strangers” to join the wiki. I've kept it closed and by invitation only but available for public viewing. That way folks can comment but not insert things into the wiki that don't belong.

We've discussed inviting certain “experts” to moderate and add, but I think that would stymie the excitement of the kids doing it themselves. I'd rather have the students interview the experts and synthesize their findings and summarize it on the wiki! The process of creating the wiki is as important as the product. It is within the process that the students learn!

I'll be blogging about podcasting this week as we get our first big podcast of SAT algebra/arithmetic review up on the net!

Here is a summary of the pages I've written so far on our great experiences with wikipages and wikispaces! Thanks again guys!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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