There are many synchronous and asynchronous collaboration projects that are implemented in my classroom. Here I have included some wikis. Wikis are websites that allow multiple users to add to the site and/or contribute to a discussion. Many of my wikis also include other collaborative tools, such as VoiceThreads. This tool has enabled me to better coordinate with my colleagues, plan projects with teachers around the world, and contribute ideas for colleagues to use during workshops.



Wikis I Created

  • Our Global Friendships - This wiki allows teachers from around the world to join projects created by me and my global group of friends. We meet once a month online to discuss, create, and troubleshoot global collaborative projects.
  • Western Hemisphere - This project wiki covers our NYS social studies curriculum. The children learn, within groups and with other classes, about their hemisphere. It helped students learned about their hemisphere through a collaboration with a Canadian class and a Brazilian class.
  • Natural Disasters and Us - This project wiki was a collaboration between two classes to help students learn geography through Natural Disasters. This project won 1st place in the Sigol Online Learning Award 2013.
  • Energizing Energy - This project wiki enabled students to work with partners in Nevada to create and perform science experiments. This project came in 4th for the Sigol Online Learning Award 2012.
  • Civil War Project - This project wiki was set up to allow students to learn about the Civil War through Project Based Learning.
  • Sign of the Beaver - This project wiki allowed students to work on a project related to a core book for fifth graders.
  • Time Zone Experiences - This wiki was a collaboration between my class and classes around the world to examine timezones and seasons in various parts of the globe. This is an award winning project.
  • Poetry Collaboration Wiki - This wiki uses the book, Love that Dog, by Sharon Creech, to teach children about poetry. It has two levels of collaboration: one a sharing on the wiki and one a partnership with another class. Other classes around the world are invited to join in. This is an award winning project.
  • Classroom Book Talk - This wiki was created to encourage my students to engage in book discussions. We started with a fantasy VoiceThread, in which each child reviewed the fantasy book they were reading in reading groups. Other children and teachers around the world have been invited in and are contributing. This wiki was discussed on the Tech Chicks podcast.
    • Within this wiki, a collaborative project was set up. It is a collaborative writing project I designed with Brian Crosby, a teacher in Nevada. 14 classes participated in creating original stories based on the book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, by Chris van Allsburg. This project incorporated Google docs, the wiki, and VoiceThread. This is an award winning project.
  • Comparing Hemispheres - I created this wiki after students in the class started asking questions about differences between our hemisphere and the southern hemisphere. We collaborated with a colleague in New Zealand and entered this wiki in the Chase Multimedia Contest. It was a 2008 award winner.
  • Denton Avenue Culture - This wiki was created for the multicultural committee at Denton Avenue. The committee decided to create a resource for teachers of the various cultures represented in the school. This wiki archived all the information gathered by the committee.
  • Introduction to Web 2.0 - This wiki was created as a tool for use in my Introduction to Web 2.0 class. This class was designed for K-12 teachers in Herricks. I received very favorable reviews.
  • Responsive Classroom - I created this wiki after spending a week learning about Responsive Classroom. This is a great way to collaborate with my RC colleagues on what's working and what needs improvement.
  • School Around the World - This wiki was created for 2007-2008 staff development. Our group added resources to the wiki as part of our staff development requirements.
  • South Paris Collaborative Digital Storytelling - I started this wiki when I first started looking into digital storytelling. It is a way for me to archive links and examples. Other teachers in my network agreed and eagerly joined the site.
  • Future Technology - This wiki was created while designing Teacher Center classes about 21st Century technology.

Wikis to Which I Contribute

  • Read Across the Globe - This global project incorporated 6 classes for a study of cultures around the world.
  • History Mysteries - This project connected my fifth grade students with fifth graders in Oregon to examine Primary Source Documents.
  • Global March Madness Project - This project combines physical education and data collection. My phys. ed. teacher is collaborating with our class for these activities.
  • Elementary School Flat World Project - I joined this wiki so my students could collaborate with other fifth graders on writing projects.
  • Math 24/7 - This wiki allows the students to explain how they solve math problems. The creator of the wiki was so impressed by my students that he gave us our own page. We were even written about in his blog and mentioned on a Wesley Fryer podcast.
  • Elementary Staff Development - This wiki, created by Karen Kliegman, was completed mostly by Karen and me. We added links and ideas that assisted the committee in creating our present Staff Development format.
  • Many Voices - This wiki is an archive for a twitter story being created by children around the world. Our class contributed chapter 9.
  • Math Connections - This wiki is another way to collaborate with children and teachers around the world. This wiki's theme is math.
  • McElligott's Pool - This wiki was a project created by students in my class. It was included in our Salute to Seuss collaboration.
  • Salute to Seuss - This collaborative online project was the first one in which the children were introduced. The focus was on Dr. Seuss.
  • Sign of the Beaver - This wiki was the first one used by the students in my classroom. It includes our first VoiceThreads, too.
  • Teachers Are Talking - This wiki is how my co-hosts and I planned our monthly webcast. This webcast ran for over two years on Edcast.com. Our guests were invited to view our questions prior to the shows.
  • VoiceThreads - This wiki is everything you've ever wanted to know about VoiceThreads. It also has examples, including some I created.
  • Young Writers - This wiki is linked on our blog site. It has listings of classes around the world that blog.