Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wiki ready to discuss 10 Snow Willow nominees

Hi,
I thought some of you might be interested in looking at the wiki I prepared for the grade nine class I will be working with. I finished reading my last of the 10 books on the weekend. Here is the address:

http://balfourlibrary.wikispaces.com/

There will be three kids reading each title. They choose and respond to 5 of the discussion questions. Also they are required to repond to at least 3 postings by other people who read the same book. I tried to avoid strictly factual questions about the book in favour of comparing books, extending their learning, making decisions, etc. We'll see how the students respond to this style book project. Their teacher says we won't likely start until first of October. I'm getting anxious!

I also have a friend who teaches grade six who thinks she will use the ideas (although maybe not all the books) with her class. I simply asked the good folks at Wikispaces to make a copy of my wiki before the students started responding. So likely I will be able to compare the interest of another age of students at another school with mine. Should prove interesting!

Chris

8 comments:

DesRoches Family News said...

What a great idea! I hope you will continue to share with us via your blog how the students respond to this form of sharing about books.

Aren't the folks at wikispaces helpful? More than once I have forgotten to choose the education option and have written to ask to have the ads removed and they have done so very quickly and willingly.

Donna

Chris Arnstead said...

The wikispaces support staff are fast and friendly! I would encourage anyone to contact them with their questions and/or suggestions. I received very personalized service.

Jane Glen said...

I'm trying something along the same line only on my library blog instead of a wiki. Maybe we'll have to compare notes later. I have 2 classes who are now willing to read and comment as an assignment. I like your rubric- is it available for use by others?
Jane

Chris Arnstead said...

Hi Jane,
Of course you may use the rubric! I made it in a table in Word so feel free to change it to fit your circumstances. I started by checking http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
but didn't find anything there that really applied.
I'll be interested in how your students respond to your project. What age are you targeting? Please keep in touch,
Chris

Donna said...

Chris,

I am doing a wiki presentation on Monday for teachers in our school division. I hope that I can use yours as a demonstration of how a wiki can be extended beyond a basic web page.

Donna

Chris Arnstead said...

By all means, Donna, you are welcome to share my wiki. I am disappointed that it will still be "empty". The class I have prepared it for will not be starting to read the books until November. Your staff will not get the effect of the student interaction but the format may still give them ideas of how they can apply the wiki to an application that suits their needs.

Chris

Carlene Walter said...

Chris,

Please consider writing an article for SSLA's The Medium about your Willows Wiki. As editor, I am very interested in having your work published in the journal.

Carlene

Chris Arnstead said...

Carlene, I'm glad you feel that this project warrants some public exposure. However, I will reserve my agreement until I see how things actually play out once the class is involved with the wiki.
Chris