Blogs, Wikis, Etc.
Blogs, wikis, Learning Management Systems. These can give us a centralized place to communicate and collaborate. Explore platforms that may be useful in your educational setting. Keep in mind privacy and your school's acceptable usage policy (AUP). *My favs
What's a blog? Watch the Common Craft Video, Blogs in Plain English, to find out more. When it comes to blogs, there are the "big" ones like *Blogger, Tumblr and Wordpress. With use in a teacher prep program, to-date, I've chosen Blogger mainly because many schools in Oregon have Google Apps for Education. There are others worth exploring. Here are a few used in education. Many of them also have apps.
Kid blog has a 30 day free trial. The price may be reasonable for privacy and management issues for K-8.
Join other classes in blogging.
Ronnie Burt and Sue Waters provide support for educators on Student Blogging Challenge. Many educators world wide use EduBlogs as a blogging platform.
Connect your blog with other classrooms around the world.
The Edublog Teacher Challenge gives step by step directions and support for blogging-- from blogging with students, to personal blogging, to...
What's a wiki? Watch the Common Craft Video, Wikis in Plain English, to learn more.
Digital Porfolios, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Others
(Also see Social Media and LMS)
It is not clear in my mind how to categorize some of these, so also see the Social Media and LMS page. Many of these platforms seem to have Learning Tool Integration (LTI) and growing capabilities. Many of them also have apps.
When Tech Met Ed (posts and examples) *note the published date of posts
Outside the box: Would a blog or wiki be an asset in your educational setting to communicate or collaborate? What preparation goes into setting one up in your setting? What are your thoughts on the use of such tools as platforms in education?