My journey so far has been rewarding and as a 'Digital Immigrant' (Prensky, 2001) I continue to surprise myself with the new skills that I am acquiring. These skills are vital for my future as a Learning Manager in the 21st century and with such rapid changes in technology the notion of lifelong learning comes in to play.
A wiki is a website that allows users to add and edit content in a collaborative manner. It can be set up so that everyone has access to it or kept closed so that only members can make changes. When used within the classroom environment access should be limited to members only (students and teachers) to protect the safety and well being of learner's.
To create my wiki I used Wikispaces and by following the instructions found the process quite easy. I have decided to include some useful transitioning activities and quieting techniques that might benefit my colleagues who are placed in schools this term. While aimed mainly at the early years it may be helpful to others also. My wiki can be found at http://nariswiki.wikispaces.com/
Unlike emails, wikis provide a one-stop-shop for members to interact and they allow easy coordination of content around a given topic. I believe that Learning Managers would find the use of wikis as a valuable tool to engage students in learning activities relating to the current unit of work. Through collaboration with peers a 'community of learners' (Kearsley & Shneiderman, 1999) is formed and student's are more likely to experience success and achieve the desired outcomes (Kearsley & Shneiderman, 1999).
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