Wiki, Wiki, Wiki!

Wikis can be used by students simply to organize and display information - they can also embed links, images, video and interactive games to make the wiki more advanced and informative. Assigning students roles while creating the wiki can help prevent the copy/paste problem and create more opportunity for collaboration. Sharing the wiki with other classes/audiences outside your school can also lead to more collaboration.

PB Works Directions Handout:

Wikispaces Directions Handout

Ethnic Conflicts Research - Social Studies

A.P. Human Geography students researched ethnic conflicts around the world and created wiki pages at what they considered a 7th grade level to teach middle school students about these conflicts. Students were required to include information, citations, images, hyperlinks to quality sources and an interactive game that helped viewers of the wiki review what they learned.

Anatomy - Genetic Disorders Research

A classroom teacher and media specialist worked together to revise a project in which students used information from the textbook to create an overhead transparency and then teach their peers what they learned from the text. In the new project students worked in partners with one student acting as "Wiki Creator" and one student acting as "Researcher" - the research had to find information and relay it to the creator while the creator looked for videos and images. Because information came from one student and she had to explain to her partner what she learned, we found less occasions of copying/pasting. The embedding of videos was a bit tricky for students since they could only use "approved" videos from sources like SchoolTube, Vimeo and TeacherTube - however, this piece allowed their final wiki to provide differentiated types of information for peers in the class to learn from.

American Literature Wiki to Research Paper

Students in our 11th grade American Literature classes are using research to answer the question "What social issue is currently America's greatest challenge?" Students will find articles every two weeks and enter a citation as well as summary on to a class wiki - students will then be able to use the entries and sources selected and written by their peers to start their own research process on a formal paper at the end of the semester. The following stations activity allowed students to access different sources for online articles, get started on the wiki and update accounts in NoodleTools (an online citation maker). Students also read about and practiced best practices in hyperlinking while composing text.

Biology - Honors and Academic (Regular) Classes - Genetic Disorders Wiki
Students worked in groups of three - each group had a "Wiki Creator" (only student allowed to edit the wiki), a "Researcher" (student used eBooks and communicated learnings and citation to the creator), and a "Video/Game Creator" (responsible for creating a review activity/game and embedding it in the wiki)

AP Statistics - Course Website using PB Works -- may need permission from classroom teacher (S. Kohler) to access

Students worked togehter after the AP exam to review what they learned in class and create a page of information for future students. Students were assigned different roles and papers and were interdependent on each other to make sure the design and functionality of the page were appropriate. Screen shots of the wiki are below if you cannot access it through the provided link.


Music Advocacy Campaign -

Students will work in small groups to develop an advocacy campaign that makes an argument for music and its role in a well-rounded education. Each group will design a wiki website to communicate and share your campaign. Each wiki page must communicatet the value of music in people's lives and come from at least 4 types of evidence to support the claim. See the resulting pages at