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Online education

Wikispaces has closed. What are your alternatives?

Wikispaces, one of education’s standout collaborative websites, closed at the end of June 2018. Thousands of teachers have used the free Wikispaces platform to share materials with students and colleagues, to run online classrooms, or as the virtual arm of a blended course. Its robustness and versatility allowed teachers to engage in discussion boards, forums, share all sorts of media, and create a personalized environment that could be tweaked to adapt to individual needs.

Its end has left teachers scrambling for alternatives that accomplish the same goals within a tight education budget.

Let’s back up a moment: What is a wiki?

A wiki is a collaborative website that collects and organizes content created and revised by users. 

The most well-known example of a wiki is Wikipedia but others include Wikimedia Commons and WikiHow.

If you’re one of the over 10 million teachers and students forced to find an alternative to Wikispaces, start here:

Wikispaces Replacement 101

1. Build a wiki from scratch

If you want to simply recreate your current Wikispaces environment, here are two wiki platforms that will allow you to do that:

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Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

tech ed helpI get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

Today: Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher offers a variety of classes throughout the year. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

To find out more, email askatechteacher@gmail.com


online classesThe Tech-infused Teacher

Certificate

By request; delivered digitally to your school or District

The 21st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for unique needs. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network.

Assessment is project-based so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker.

Price includes course registration and all necessary materials

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Last Chance for this College-credit Class

MTI 558: How to Leverage Tech to Teach Writing

This college-credit class starts in one week–Monday, August 13th! Last chance to sign up. Click this link; scroll down to MTI 558 and click for more information and to sign up.

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MTI 563: The Differentiated Teacher

MTI 563 starts in one week–Monday, August 13th! Last chance to sign up. Click this link; scroll down to MTI 563 and click for more information and to sign up.

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Last Chance: Building Digital Citizens and Personalized Learning–Grad-level Classes

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MTI 557: Building Digital Citizens

This college-credit class starts in one week–Monday, August 6th! Last chance to sign up. Click this link; scroll down to MTI 557 and click for more information and to sign up.

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College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

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Through the Midwest Teachers Institute, I offer four grad school classes that teach how to blend technology with traditional lesson plans.

  • Building Digital Citizens
  • Leveraging Writing with Technology
  • The Tech-infused Teacher
  • The Differentiated Teacher

They include all the ebooks, videos, and other resources required so you don’t spend any more than what is required to register for the class. Once you’re signed up, you prepare weekly material, chat with classmates, respond to class Discussion Boards, complete weekly projects/summatives, and participate in a weekly video meeting. Everything is online.

Questions? Email me at askatechteacher@gmail.com

Here is more detail on each class:


mti 557Building Digital Citizens

MTI 557

August 6th – September 9th

If students use the internet, they must be familiar with the rights and responsibilities required to be good digital citizens.  In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives.

Topics include:

  1. copyrights, fair use, public domain
  2. cyberbullying
  3. digital commerce
  4. digital communications
  5. digital footprint, digital privacy
  6. digital rights and responsibilities
  7. digital search/research
  8. image—how to use them legally
  9. internet safety
  10. netiquette
  11. passwords
  12. plagiarism
  13. social media

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Know how to blend digital citizenship into lesson plans that require the Internet
  2. Be comfortable in your knowledge of all facets of digital citizenship
  3. Become an advocate of safe, legal, and responsible use of online resources
  4. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning
  5. Exhibit leadership in teaching and living as a digital citizen

Assessment is based on involvement, interaction with classmates, and completion of projects so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker. Price includes course registration, college credit, and all necessary materials. To enroll, click the link above, search for MTI 557 and sign up.

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How can Teachers Increase Social Learning While Teaching Online?

It’s becoming more common to take online classes or blend traditional with online learning. Ila Mishra, a specialist in both LMS and virtual classrooms, has this informative explanation of how teachers can increase their social learning while teaching online classes:

Social Learning is defined as learning through observing behavior, attitudes, and outcomes of those behaviors. These help individuals to create a frame of reference of behaviors within themselves and prompt them to act. The main point of this theory is that social learning attributes human behavior to be an outcome of cognitive, behavioral and environmental influences (Bandura, 1977).

These cognitive, behavioral and environmental influences are:

Traditional classrooms were a conduit for social learning where students could sit together and collaborate on projects, group assignments, or make use of peer-to-peer learning opportunities. However, in the current educational environments where technology is used to enhance learning outcomes, educators have consciously allowed for and are making use of technology to facilitate learning online.

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Last Chance: How to Leverage Tech to Teach Writing

MTI 558: How to Leverage Tech to Teach Writing

This college-credit class starts in one week–Monday, May 28th! Last chance to sign up. Click this link; scroll down to MTI 558 and click for more information and to sign up.

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Last Chance: Building Digital Citizens

MTI 557: Building Digital Citizens

This college-credit class starts in one week–Monday, May 21st! Last chance to sign up. Click this link; scroll down to MTI 557 and click for more information and to sign up.

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Last Chance for this College-credit Class

MTI 563: The Differentiated Teacher

MTI 563 starts in one week–Monday, May 14th! Last chance to sign up. Click this link; scroll down to MTI 563 and click for more information and to sign up.

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Last Chance for this College-credit Class in Blended Learning

MTI 562: The Tech-infused Teacher

MTI 562 starts Monday, May 7th! Last chance to sign up. Need more information? Click here and scroll to MTI 562. Ready to sign up? Click this link; scroll down to MTI 562 and click.

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