A way to communicate with today’s “Networked Student” is through a curriculum page. The type of software that a webpage can be created from can vary, but the platform used for this particular curriculum page is wiki based. Now wiki is sort of a strange word and it may be asked why this should be a top pick for teachers to use as a maintained curriculum page. The idea of a wiki page is to compile a collection of pages, files and other important items that a teacher wants students to view. It provides such features as easily collaborating with all students by creating a page that can be commented on. All of a sudden you have created a blog, without having a separate site. I used a site called PBworks.com there is also another site called wikispaces at www.wikispaces.com . The start of my curriculum page is:
I used a template, which is a guideline for specific tasks, to create my page. Looking ahead I made pages for a project to have students create a digital story, in order to summarize a story that they have read, or plan to read for this presentation. These pages include a main page that introduces my project, provides some information about the wikisite, and has a sidebar or menu on the side that directs users to other places. This contains some planned future projects like a lesson plan, a grading rubric, and a place where student’s work will be displayed. I placed my own Prezi, to give students and explanation and example of what I wanted as a baseline for their project. One of the most interesting ideas presented was how I can compress files, like a can, to make more room. This is called zipping which may not be used right away, but as time goes on and more projects are added, I will need to make space for future projects. The reason why I need to make space is because like attaching files to e-mails, as we all like to e-mail pictures, compressing files is a must because I am aloud only so much storage space on the site. This is how some software can fit on a single disk, you may notice when installing a software application that a message says that “unzipping” or “unpacking” is being executed in order to install the application
As I started the process of creating a Wikispace curriculum page, I felt it didn’t give me enough creative elbow room. I then created a PBworks curriculum page, and felt it was more challenging, but I had more options. I did however, spend more time learning the ins and outs rather than creating. I wanted to be sure that it was the right fit, even though it is harder I think to use and I probably should stick with Wikispaces, I think that I’m going to try to give myself a bit more of a challenge. The purpose of these wikis are to give a more user friendly way to create a website instead of having to use HTML code. As I used some formats from a site called Web Quest at http://webquest.sdsu.edu/templates/lesson-template1.htm. This was very helpful as were the examples that past students had completed and our instructor provided. Which looking at the projects I saw a much broader spectrum of designs. I felt that the Wikispaces had some of the same themes, and I wanted something more unique. I observed the PBworks projects and saw such variety I had to try it. So that leads me to what improvements I need to make.
I will need to spend more time just figuring out the capabilities of my wiki, part of which I discovered was how to correctly embed a Prezi. I tried the embedding process that I used on my blog, but that didn’t seem to work. After some trial and error I found out that I needed to “insert” the HTML code for embedding provided by the Prezi site. As when I tried just the code I got a blank screen telling me that my Prezi didn’t exist. So going back into what I have learned so far this semester I solved the problem and figured out the HTML was the basis of the wiki and inserting the code directly would have a positive result. I additional will add such projects as a Rubric to grade students’ projects. Also, I add my lesson plan which contains directions on how to repeat this with the standards coved by the activity as well. Lastly, I think some different backgrounds or wallpapers on the pages will dress up the site in addition to some graphics, to incorporate more multimedia into the wiki. I think a good base has been established now the rest of the pieces need to be built up.