Wiki, Wiki, PBwiki!

In a usual week, I plan on writing a spot on a tech tool of the week each Tuesday, well, to start things off, even though it is not yet Tuesday, I wanted to share how impressed I am with the new changes going on at PBwiki! Last spring my juniors were studying China and I had attended a couple of workshops that had sparked my interest in trying to use wiki creation with my students. I had no idea what I was doing, and it was the first time in my life that I stood in front of my class and said, “I don’t know how to do this but we are going to give it a shot.” I also said they would figure out things that I did not know how to do and if I asked them, would they please show me. They investigated many aspects of China, all of their own choosing. I did not have a preliminary set of assessment guidelines, we just gave it a go. At the end of the semester, many of the students cited designing the wiki as a highlight of the class.

We used PBwiki, it sounded straightforward and we were able to figure it out easily but since last spring, PBwiki has made some impressive improvements. Their design tools are far more user friendly and there are no longer ads on educational PBwikis. Well done!

If you are thinking about using a wiki with your students, I highly recommend checking out PBwiki, in fact, you can check out the PBwiki tour by clicking here.

Class created notes compilation – choose-your-own-adventures – class created travel guides – multi-author stories – a sharing space for other student created content – The possibilities are endless…

Thank you, PBwiki for your education-friendly wikis!

A baby blog is born!

Yesterday at the close of Technology & Learning’s TechForum in Chicago, when a new friend, & blogger at, asked me “Wendy, do you blog?” I had to smile. I had been going back and forth, to blog or not to blog, for quite a while. I knew what I wanted to name the blog and even had some ideas of what I would like to write about, but had not taken the plunge. Well, this quiet Saturday morning finds me alone in the house with my laptop – a dangerous prospect sometimes as this just proves. Anyway, I claim rookie status on blog writing, I have a lot to learn (how to tag a blog entry, when to and not to link to things, and that is just what I know I don’t know), and I think I’ll stick to a basic theme for now. Regardless, while I am sure I will make some mistakes, getting started is exciting.

Welcome and thank you in advance to anyone who believes that technology has an integral place in the education of our students today – I look forward to many conversations.

I know I have read in several places that something like 1.4 blogs are born/minute and the majority of them are in Japanese. This one isn’t in Japanese but it is born. With a bit of uncertainty mixed with excitement over the possibilities, I claim this minute and look forward to a great adventure.

ps Thank you Smeech, for asking the question, I think…