The Beauty of Wikis: Team Project, Individual Grade

Here is a peek at my desk during a marathon grading session this weekend.

This is actually my final assessment for 9th grade which includes a grade for the Digiteen Group wiki, the Digiteen Action Project planning wikis, and an efolio grade.

The amazing thing is that the top two assessments show in the photo in the picture above (students names were covered) were for the SAME wiki! The Same wiki!

The problem I've always had with “group work” is that it is not group work at all. It is “let the top student do the work and make the teacher feel like he/she is really teaching.” This is the inherent flaw in much of the “group work” we do. We give a group grade.

I had a problem with this in college and I have a problem with it now. It is just not fair and only incents the poorer students to find a good partner.

I love wikis because they are the first cooperative learning tool that also gets at individual effort. You can see the contributions that each person makes down to the comma.

Here's a copy of the rubric for this.

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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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