My Workshop at GAETC on November 14: Easy and Engaging Teaching Using Wikis

I haven't been posting much because I've been “living” at the school (8 – 5 and 6-9 daily) trying to put in a new lab, get all of the teachers set, and get myself set.

My workshop on Wikis

I have received confirmation from the folks at GAETC that my workshop proposal has been accepted.

I will be teaching “Easy and Engaging Teaching Using Wikis” on Tuesday, November 14th from 1- 4 pm . We have room for 20 people and I hope there are some educators who are interested in wikis. SDU credit is available for participants.

I am excited about this workshop and plan to model the wiki teaching method in the class. As a product of the class, we will produce a great wiki for educators about how wikis can be used in the classroom. I also plan to have each participant create their own wiki to take back to their classroom.

Of all of the new tools I've used, I adore wikis. They are engaging and they create experts in a very short amount of time. I will be interested to see if other Georgia educators can pick up on the power of wikis.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

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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6 comments

mrichme July 21, 2006 - 2:41 am

We’ve been doing some discussions about using wikis in the classroom here in Maine. It would be great to post your resources, thoughts, and outcomes from your workshop for those of us who won’t be able to get to Georgia November 14th.

Stephen July 21, 2006 - 2:14 am

Congrats! I’m looking forward to your presentation.

JenW July 21, 2006 - 2:38 am

Hi Vicki

I will be at GAETC as well — so hopefully, we can have time to chat?? Hope Hope.

I am teaching Kidspiration — early in the morning and Online Collaboration late that night. Hmmm – should be an interesting day.

I truly look forward to meeting you.

Jen

Vicki A. Davis July 21, 2006 - 11:39 am

Stephen – I look forward to meeting you too (see note to Jen below.)

Jen – I’d love to. I was thinking that perhaps we could set a couple of meeting times/places for edubloggers or those interested in new technologies. Perhaps we can ask the GAETC folks if there can be a “birds of a feather” room to the side at the dinners where we can grab our food and sit down with others who are passionate about the collaborative movement and have some face to face time!

I’m so excited about learning new things there!

Vicki A. Davis July 21, 2006 - 11:41 am

mrichme-

You know me, I post everything. I expect that the product we produce in the class will be a great educational tool and I want to model with the participants how wikis produce experts. I expect some shock as I teach them the concepts and turn them lose to collaborate and post — old fashioned teachers expect to listen and click. It is going to be exciting, but I’m nervous. I hope I have some participants!

Signy July 21, 2006 - 6:53 pm

Vicki,
I love your enthusiasm for the tool. I look forward to hearing more about how your session goes. In my experience wikis in the classroom have a lot of potential, but where they go sideways is running into tech glitches and the appearance of the format somehow not being all that attractive (and I am not even sure if that is controlable or not). So I am quite keen to get your angle on things.

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