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This will be websites Google wikis ? Wikis are interactive websites that can be used for posting assignments, communicating with parents, students, and other teachers, doing online journaling, and participating in collaborative projects ? Wikis allow multiple students to go to a site and edit the same document (sometimes one editor at a time),create links to other pages, and to other websites and blogs Wikis Source: Morgan, B., & Smith, R.D. (2008). A wiki for classroom writing. The Reading Teacher, 62(1), 80-82. ? Wikis forgive mistakes ? Mistakes can be fixed and previous versions recovered ? Old way http://arrrpirates.wikispaces.com/ ? New way (Google): https://sites.google.com/site/afleishertech202/ ? Suggestions: ? Use a playground page to experiment with ? Organize your pages, e.g., a page for each category or topic, a page for each student, a page for each book, a page for each topic, a page for each group project Wikis continued Source: Morgan, B., & Smith, R.D. (2008). A wiki for classroom writing. The Reading Teacher, 62(1), 80-82. ? Native technology users using multiple means of expression ? Journals and projects online that are shared ? More writing, editing and interaction ? Potential to collaborate beyond own classroom with other classrooms in the school and across the world Benefits Create a new site ? Sign in to your Gmail Account at www.google.com ? Search for Sites to go to https://sites.google.com/ ? Click on Create new site ? Follow the steps to creating a site (suggest using the blank template) ? To turn the site in, go to the share button and copy the URL from that box, not from the header at the top of the page. Provide this information on the Google Wiki Page: ? Page one: Provide a short paragraph summarizing what can be found on your site; add a picture ? Pages 2-10: Identify a list (at least 5 GOOD sites per category) of useful (to other teachers) website resources/tools specific to each category from the Slide 9 categories. For each site identify the website name, hyperlink it, and state what you think is useful about the site/tool. ? REQUIRED FORMAT: ? Name of site (hyperlinked to that site) ? Creator of Site: ? Brief description of what it does and why you recommend it ? For example: ? Texas Assistive Technology Network ? Creator: Texas Department of Education This is the state sponsored site for assistive technology in education for the state of Texas. It has some useful training modules that include reading and writing AT. The modules provide PowerPoint slides, presenter notes, and related handouts. Create a Separate Page for Each Category: ? PAGE: ? 1. Home Page Introduction and picture ? 2. Resources for Writing ? 3. Resources for Reading ? 4. Resources for Communication ? 5. Resources for Hearing ? 6. Resources for Mobility and motor control ? 7. Resources for Vision ? 8. Resources for Daily Living Skills (Life skills) ? 9. Resources for Social Skills ? 10. Resources for Math ? This is the rubric being used for grading: Wiki Site Rubric (40 Points) Criteria Level 1 (0-5 pts) Level 2 (6-8 pts) Level 3 (9-10 pts) Appearance Fonts are not differentiated based on levels of headings/paragraphs; Pages lack a consistency in appearance; Not neatly laid out and organized Has minimum level of variety of fonts appropriate to different levels of headings/paragraphs; Majority of site, but not whole site, shows consistency in appearance within pages; Majority of site is neatly laid out and organized Uses a variety of fonts appropriate to different levels of headings/paragraphs; Consistency in appearance within pages; Whole site is neatly laid out and organized Navigation Hyperlinks are not all properly formatted or do not always go to intended URL with more than 4 errors; Navigation Links are not organized on site sidebar Hyperlinks are properly formatted and go to intended URL with 2-4 errors; Navigation Links are available but disorganized on site sidebar Hyperlinks are properly formatted and go to intended URL with no more than one error; Navigation Links are available and organized on site sidebar Variety/Accuracy Information about sites is inaccurate in more than 3 cases; Have fewer than 5 sites per category Information about sites is accurate with no more than 2 errors; Have at least 5 sites per category sites (+1 site from partner) Site creator is identified Information about sites is accurate with no more than 1 error; Have at least 5 sites per category inclusive of at least two major clearinghouse types of sites (+1 site from partner) Site creator is identified Grammar/Spelling Correct spelling/grammar with no more than 5 minor errors in text or errors in 2 or more headings Correct spelling/grammar with no more than 4 minor errors in text or errors in 1 heading Correct spelling/grammar with no more than 2 minor errors in text