Module 10: Ningin’ Wikis

The World in Shades of Grey

On Collaboratively-Creating Communities

I really like the idea of creating a locally-hosted community-based website for a specific purpose, such as for school community development, or for a club or something. I have no idea why they are called ‘Nings’. I can see that a lot of what has been part of this course (Twitter, blogging, prezi, etc.) could be made more useful and easier to access with such a site. Site members could have their twitter stream automatically updated on their page, and teachers could have their twitter stream automatically updated on everyone’s. That being said, if the school had a learning management system such as Moodle running, a ning would possibly not be needed.

I also like the idea of creating a wiki as a class. This could be done as a class assignment, or a smaller group assignment if the class was bigger than about 3 or 4. I think I see the most potential with wikis out of all the various technologies experienced so far in this course. I like the idea of trying this in a Geography class, where individual pages could be created for keywords in specific topic. Each page would have to have the key term, a definition, an explanation, examples, and images. I can see the students really being involved in this, especially if their work is visible on the Internet. This is something I will try with my Geography class.

I will have to check out some of the wiki sites and see what they offer in terms of content moderation etc. I think that I would have to approve each page before it went live. I would also like to know if there is an open-source wiki package that can be hosted locally, or on our own website. That might be interesting too, and could be used as a development platform (for the local) and for a live site.


2 thoughts on “Module 10: Ningin’ Wikis

  1. Look at you Jake! What an awesome looking blog AND I’m super impressed that you’ve almost finished the course. I’d be intersted to hear how the whole wiki thing in your geography class goes… Good luck!

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