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Online Collaborative Writing

Project Overview

On the Internet everyone is a reader and more recently, everyone can be a writer. Online collaborative writing tools such as Wiki Webs and Blogs are changing the nature of the Internet,  and have the potential of changing the classroom collaborative experience. These tools allow students to work in a shared digital space to collect resources, write collaboratively, and provide feedback to each other. In these collaborative environments, versions can be tracked and participation monitored. 

The activities in this project will introduce future teachers to some ideas for  educational uses for Blogs and Wikis.   Although further experiences with Wikis and Blogs could be useful in other lessons, the purpose of this RWLO is to introduce the technologies and provide some additional reading material and reflection.   Students will produce and publish a collaborative Web page (Group paper) using a free account on a simple, password protected collaborative writing and publishing environment.   (Wee Wiki)

The Group paper will consist of three parts:

1, Group Definition of Wiki and Weblogs. Everyone in the group will be able to read and edit the definitions. This product and process will be in the format of a Wiki.

2. Each participant will provide a hyperlink and post a short review/summary (one paragraph each) of two online articles: One on Weblogs in Education and the other on Wikis. They will be provided an extensive list of links to choose from so a variety of articles should be reviewed.

3. Each participant will provide a idea for the use of one of these technologies in a lesson plan.

This activity will introduce future teachers to both of these emerging tools and to collaboratively produce and publish on the Internet an evaluation of these technologies for the classroom. The published product will be produced using a form of Wiki that allows for a collaborative writing by invitation.

Web-based wikis are designed to let you add, edit, and delete content quickly, with minimal technological understanding. Wikis allow for non-linear organization. Unlike a blog, which is intended to be viewed in order (the most recent post to the oldest post), wiki content is intended to be fluid, easy to move around, and quick to link from other pages, much like any HTML Web site.