Mr. Bariexca’s Honors British Literature Wiki

Was totally intrigued by Mr. Bariexica's Honors British literature Wiki from Spring 2008. (He's northern hemisphere — we need to stop using seasons and should rather use quarters, I think to bridge this hemisphere thing.)

I think he's done a nice job of organizing.  Many teachers do take this approach — one wiki for one course – however, I've found having a wiki for all of my classes and then archiving the old items and saving templates from the lesson plans to reuse for major items — as well as let students see prior work of other students (which helps the learning curve considerably.)  (See my assignments from last week in Computer Science where I referred to work from prior years.)

I particularly like the outline on the side of Mr. Bariexica's class consisting of the introduction, the major content, and then the class notes.  The only suggestion I'd give on class notes is to have them write their class notes in a Google Doc and embed the class notes onto a wiki page – this would give you the best of both worlds – having it on the wiki for everyone to see, but allowing simultaneous editing.

Using Google Calendar with your wiki will help you immeasurably. Although there are other ways to do this, I embed each class calendar on the individual class pages but then also publish an overall schedule so elementary teachers can schedule when they wish to come in the computer lab.  Many teachers have content management systems and supposedly they have calendars in there as well.

The point here is though, that there are many ways that this can be done, but to have a consistent structure and stick with it so that students can be easily oriented to what they are doing in the space and the protocols and actions for working within your online classroom.

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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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