As one of our customers recently said, “WikiProjects help students show the best of who they are.” We couldn’t have said it better, so let us expand on what she said! We get asked about WikiProjects all the time because there are just unlimited possibilities for learning in the world of WikiProjects.
WikiProjects: a brief introduction
WikiProjects in Haiku Learning are the antidote to assignments where students simply google the answers and pretty much submit the same responses. While there’s a place and time for assignments like that, many schools are moving in the direction of integrating more personalized learning.
Enter WikiProjects, an online space where students can really roll up their sleeves and flex their creative muscles! With WikiProjects, students can
- work individually or collaboratively
- create new pieces of content using a library of multimedia tools and web apps
- organize and present their work in different configurations
- share their work with others
- integrate their work into an ePortfolio to export for prospective colleges and employers.
WikiProjects & personalized learning
Some students are great writers. Some are great speakers. Some are great artists. Some are comedians. Some are shy. Many are a combination of any of these. The beauty of WikiProjects is that students get access to a variety of tools and apps to best express their point of view and show what they learned.
Choice & voice in content creation: From what students create to how they present their creations, students are constantly making decisions throughout the learning process and ultimately showcasing “the best of who they are” inside of WikiProjects.
First, students get access to all of the text, image, and video tools that teachers have access to when building their classes in Haiku Learning, including access to their Google Drive.
But even cooler — at least from a student's perspective — is access to our Embed the Web library, where students can use an app like ToonTastic to create original cartoons. Many of the apps in our library help students construct designs and produce products.
Here’s just a sample of some content creation apps in the library:
- Photo/cartoons: Powtoon, Toontastic, BitStrips, Animoto, Buncee
- Infographics: Piktochart, infogr.am
- Audio: Audioboo and AudioPal, Voki, Storybird, SoundCloud, Noteflight
- Presentation: Prezi, Issuu, Voicethread, and Haiku Deck
Choice & voice in organization and presentation: Just as teachers can organize their classes in different ways — for example, thematic vs. chronological — students have the same decisions to make when it comes to organizing their WikiProject.
Each project centers around Pages and Blocks. Students decide how Pages are going to enhance the organization of their project. For example, Pages may be organized in terms of topics & subtopics. Or if the project is being used to document changes over time, say for a science experiment, pages and subpages can be based on time lapses like "Week 1", "Week 2", "Week 3", etc.
More to come on WikiProjects!
Stay tuned for more posts on WikiProjects! We’ll be covering topics like project-based earning and WikiProjects as well as tips for getting started! And if you have some great examples you’d like to share, head on over to our Community Forum!
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