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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Wikis, quickies

The Washington Post reported in its education section that after Internet, Napster, other file-sharing tools, web logs, now the next big thing on campus is wikis.

What is wikis? Wikis got its name from the Hawaiian word for “quick”. Washington Post described it as the “scrappy little brother to the bog, an interactive web page that can be changed by anyone who stumbles upon it.”

While blogs let people publish their thoughts online, wikis take things a step further, creating freewheeling, collaborative communities: Students can edit one another's work, bounce ideas around or link to infinite other Web sites.

Students can go to a wiki he designed and highlight a phrase in a poem such as John Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale." From "tender is the night," for example, they could create links to their own essays, a scanned image of the ink-blotted original manuscript, artwork.

Some course sites read like journals, some like debates and some shimmy in and out of topics with music, photos and video pulling readers along. One student draws a picture of a poem; another makes a movie.

Wikis encourages creativity, removes the limits on class time, give professors a better sense of student understanding and interest and keep students writing, thinking and questioning.

Now, it looks like sitting in a classroom were hopelessly outdated.

2 comment(s):

Hi, look like I'm technically challenged. That's a good read. I am looking forward to not going to the classroom, but broadcast my lectures using ipod - podcasting?

Catch up with you for a cup of coffee - really miss the time shared.

By Anonymous IT, at 10:43 am  

Yan: tks for being the "maiden" visitor to my new blog, desiderata-ylchong. I feel encouraged by your comments and that my writing gives such "delight"!

I plan to do daily entries, as indicated in my Intro, focusing on English language, social issues (such as the latest commenting on Agri Park ecological destruction)and interesting nuggets based on my experience as a journalist.

I just visited your Blog and find it informative and current. Maybe male and female perspectives inherently differ - hence they provide learning mirrors to each other!
Do your girls enjoy poetry? If they do, invite them to visit my site as I plan to enhance future pieces with poems and poetic prose ...


By Blogger desiderata, at 5:28 pm  

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