Question of the Week: How Can I Use WikiProjects for Personalized Learning?

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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.

Some of the design tools in Haiku Learning Students can upload or embed anything from links to text to image to video.

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

Embed the Web library Lots of awesome apps for students to flex their creative muscles with--hundreds of them in fact.

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.

A screenshot of a WikiProject In this project, students organized the pages on the left by different phases of the project, including Brainstorming and Research.

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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EdTech Weekly News Roundup - February 05, 2016

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"20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps” — Edutopia

We love and appreciate that Cool Cat Teacher Vicki Davis listed Haiku Learning here as recommended LMS to “bring it all together”. Some of her other suggestions cover topics like collaborative writing, blogging, and screen casting. And some apps, like Google Drive and OneNote, have great integrations with Haiku Learning. Check out this App of the Week on our OneNote Class Notebook integration.

"Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts” — edSurge

This teacher and columnist completed a "digital citizenship bootcamp” with students before giving them access to their “Tweeter of the Day” and “Instagrammer of the Day” accounts. And she even included the parents at one point in the bootcamp! Lots of insight as to why this is a good thing for students.

"STEAM + Project-Based Learning: Real Solutions From Driving Questions” — Edutopia

If you need some help to get started with PBL, see how one elementary school tackled it, starting with planning in the summer. They came up with one driving question across each grade level that ties into standards, addresses a real-world problem that students relate to, and inspires students to find a solution that will have a long-lasting impact on their community.

"Learn how you can Successfully Create and Maintain an AWESOME Student Run Tech Team!” — Teachercast

Here’s a great video podcast that features a school in Massachusetts that successfully put together a student tech team. They cover everything from recruiting students to credit to curriculum.

"Student Voice & Perspective Regarding Edtech Today” — Tech & Learning

At TCEA in Texas, a student panel was convened. Find out what they had to say about what they like best and least about tech in the classroom, some of their favorite apps, and advice they have for teachers and companies.

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Rubrics in Haiku Learning Facilitate Easy Sharing and Collaboration

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A few months ago we made it possible for teachers to share Rubrics, and we promised that the functionality would become even more robust.

Rubric sharing: More choices, more people

Well, it’s here! Now teachers can conveniently share a Rubric via a link or email invite, just like they share Classes. This will make it even easier for teachers to share their Rubrics via social media tools if they wish. It also enables recipients to preview what’s being shared with them before they add it to their account.

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Additionally, teachers can now share Rubrics with anyone who has a Haiku Learning account. Once accepted, the shared Rubric will copy into the recipient’s “My Rubrics” area in draft form, ready for editing.

Start sharing!

This all adds up to more convenient ways for educators to share great content with more people and reduce the workload for other teachers! You can find step-by-step instructions in this article from our trusty Knowledgebase.

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Winning Entries of Our Best Practices Contest!

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We loved, loved, loved reading the entries to our first ever "Raise Your Hand" best practices contest last month!

If you haven't take a look at the entries yet, do yourself a favor and go check them out!

The winning entries!

We're excited to announce the following educators as the first winners of the Raise Your Hand contest!

  • Robert Evans, Chadwick School, Peninsula, CA. Robert uses VoiceThread from the Embed the Web library for a study guide project.

  • Monique Palmer, Nagoya International School, Nagoya, Japan. Monique uses various apps from the Embed the Web library in an inquiry-based learning cycle.

  • Rosario Sanchez-Gomez, Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, MA. Rosario does a lot of project-based learning (PBL) and submitted a collaborative video project she uses in her AP Spanish class

Robert, Monique, and Rosario all received a Haiku Learning knapsack, a Haiku Learning t-shirt, Haiku Learning stickers, and their idea will be featured in an eBook “Best Practices for Using Haiku Learning” that all Haiku Learning educators will be able to download.

Plus, we'll be spotlighting these teachers and their entries in future blog posts in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned for more info!

Join the Community Forum!

In the meantime, if you're a Haiku Learning educator and you aren't using the Community Forum, head on over there now! Ask questions to other educators, answer other people's questions, or share some cool work you're doing that you think others would like to use!

And, for everyone who entered, thank you for your submissions! As much as they help your colleagues learn new ways to integrate Haiku Learning into their classroom, your ideas also help us understand how educators are using technology in the classroom everyday. We may be reaching out to you to include your entry in that upcoming eBook, so don't be surprised to hear from us!

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EdTech Weekly News Roundup - January 15, 2016

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"How Data Works to Support DIY Learning” - GettingSmart

Learn about some of the ways that data and technology are empowering students to take a DIY attitude towards learning by being able to match their skill levels and with appropriate feedback and direction.The article profiles one student, Noah, who can "speak six languages even though his family speaks only English and his public high school offers classes in only two non-English languages." And it’s all due to his taking control over his learning through online tools and social networking

"What's Hot, What's Not in 2016” - THE Journal

It's the annual review by four industry experts who give their perspective on what’s hot and not (and why) in 2016. These topics are covered: BYOD, social media for teaching and learning, apps for learning, games for learning, digital badges, OER, portfolios, flipped learning, blended learning, student data privacy concerns...and yes, learning management systems! (Of course, we say they’re hot!)

"Digital Tools Aim to Personalize Literacy Instruction” - Education Week

With new tools, you don’t have to design curriculum for the “mythical average student” and then try to adapt for other different levels. They cover a range of tools from those that allow you to customize texts to a student’s reading level to diagnosing individual strength and weaknesses to having students show what they learned in different ways. BTW, for the that last one, check out WikiProjects in Haiku Learning! A full suite of design tools and web apps that give students lots of choices in how to demonstrate their knowledge — and become cool content creators!

"Five Ways to Build Your School’s Instructional Brand and Connect with Families” - edSurge

There are techie and non techie suggestions here. For the techie ones, such as posting Meet the Teacher Night videos, a learning platform like Haiku Learning is perfect for that since teachers are already using the platform with their students, and it's a great way to introduce parents to the platform. Even beyond that, we know that many of our customers use a Haiku Learning site strictly for keeping parents updated on the latest events and news in the school.

"Inside the School That Immerses Students in Spanish — and Technology” - eSchoolNews

The SPLASH program at one particular school has an immersion class that is taught completely in Spanish in kindergarten through third grade. They use technologies like Skype to interact with people from around the world, which helps students to see how "people look, talk, behave, and interact in those countries.” They follow up those video calls with online research projects and quests to find information related to their video interactions. Tip: In Haiku Learning, there are plenty of apps from the Embed the Web library that students can use to record themselves speaking in Spanish!

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