I have spent a little time reviewing the use of wiki’s and have created a few links to some wikis that I have found to be helpful in visualizing the possibilities of uses for wiki’s in the educational setting. The few that I have selected to review serve very different and unique purposes but all contain valuable information and provide a great example.
This is a wiki designed by an art educator to give viewers a general feel for the genres of visual arts that will be discussed throughout the year. While I was initially turned off from this page because of a typo in the first sentence, I pushed on and found that I really liked the basic layout of the wiki space. The various pages for the different genres were great, however, I feel as though this is a starting point and that this wiki can be enhanced a great deal. Possibly including student samples is a good way to go.
I love this wiki! This is a resource beyond all resources; especially for a new art teacher. There are pages and links to everything from classroom management to lesson planning to assessment. It also includes references to the stages of development and the why of art education. I could definitely see myself returning to this wiki as I am progressing through my beginning years.
This wiki is an example of a fantastically designed wikki by a teacher for his students, parents and peers. I am extremely excited just looking at the home page and know that students would be too! There are links to lessons and student products. What I find most engaging with this wiki is how inviting the design is. I am not familiar with the school and I feel like I would want to be a part of the program. What an amazing PR site this teacher has created for his program. I would not be surprised if every student in the school wanted to part of the art program.