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Ways to use wikis in schools

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About Wikis for use by schools... one person said...

> This wiki idea... my boss is not keen... mainly because of the image...

How about for internal documents? Remember you can control both who can read the pages, and who of the readers can edit them.

Is "image" so important and cash so plentiful that if something isn't worth paying a web author to put out, it isn't worth communicating?

Remember that you pay your web author in cash, and in the time lag between your awareness of the need for a revision and his/her execution of the edit.

Children's writings?

Match reports? (Please, please... do them with a wiki and NOT as announcements that not everyone wants to listen through!!!)

Current state of school teams' win/loss record for term

Current "Best Times" for swimming, track, whatever.

Current status of inter-house points competitions... etc

Some things done perfectly well with ink-on-paper on a notice board.... others...

e.g. those parents might like to see (no easy access to noticeboard),

e.g. those needing frequent reprints if the paper isn't going to be full of scruffy cross-out-and-amend edits...

...might lend themselves to a wiki.

So often people overlook the little, simple, make-life-easier stuff that a new opportunity can address because they think "too big".

Note too that Sctuff (no, I don't get a commission!) has an image gallery facility. I haven't explored it, but it would be bizzare if

it dodn't offer the same sort of access controls as their text wikis...

Photos of children's artwork?

Images of directions to away matches, assuming you haven't yet taken care of this by one of the several better ways. If you haven't, the wiki would be an easy way to Get The Job Done.

Class lists, house lists, lists-by-age, etc. Again... there are better ways... but this will work if you haven't got the Fancy Answer working yet.

Holiday projects: Please, please, please don't think I'd find acceptable that staff would be invited to "mark" stuff over the course of the holiday, but, pitched the right way, the kids could have fun working on their assignments AND putting them up for "peer review" as the work proceeds.

Collaberative project, for boarding school pupils' holidays: A webpage about "weather where we are". Multiple teams, each of pupils

living near one another would take shared responsibility for updating a table like the following:

Temperature at noon

Date -> 1 Aug 2 Aug 3 Aug




London 18 19 20

Edinburgh 17 20 22

Paris 15 23 18......... etc....

The point? What was the point in smaller exercises of a smilar nature we've all seen required over the years? This has the same point, with the extra excitement of working together, building something, etc...

Why not use a wiki to post the best entries in a poetry writing contest?

Why not encourage pupils to write book reviews, and post them via a wiki? The wiki, I'd suggest, would have a page for each author, and from each author, a page for any of his/her books a child has written a review for. Once the first review is done for a given book, the wiki mechanism makes it child's play (ha!) to add a second review on the book concerned. I'd also recommend building something into the structure of the page links which would help readers explore just things that are unlikely to be too junior or too senior for them.

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