Blogs vs. Wikis…The Ultimate Battle Royale

Okay, so maybe blogs and wikis are not so violent as I am making them out to be in the title of this particular blog, but they do have some useful traits.  Blogs do provide an opportunity for students to post about something and start discussions amongst one another.  However, a wiki provides an opportunity for students to participate in activities that call for interaction from every student.  Things like show & tell, collages, projects, and more. Since you can edit pages opens a world of opportunities.

With those opportunities, you must be sure to inform the students on the freedom that they possess with wikis.  Yes, wikis allow you to change a page to whatever you want, but with that power students have the potential to create something inappropriate.  Surveillance must be maintained of the wiki pages to ensure students are uploading the right content to the appropriate wiki pages.

The perk of sites like pbwiki and wikispaces is you can protect them from outside users and people who you would consider to be a threat to your students.  It is an important feature in this day in age when the strangers of yesteryear that we were told to stay away from have taken on a digital identity.

I plan on using  a wiki of some sort in my future classroom to exploit their potential power to the fullest.

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One Response to “Blogs vs. Wikis…The Ultimate Battle Royale”

  1. “It is an important feature in this day in age when the strangers of yesteryear that we were told to stay away from have taken on a digital identity.”

    This is a myth that’s being used to foster an environment of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

    Yes, you should be vigilant, aware, and use common sense, but the *facts* about online predators are grossly overstated by the media, used by school districts as a justification for “protecting kids”, and abused by politicians who want to be seen as doing something positive when they are actively harming kids by keeping them cut off and isolated.

    Please don’t fall into that trap.


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