Last week's introduction to wikis has gotten me more interested in incorporating a wiki into my classroom, specifically wikispaces.com. I have read wikis, but prior to last week I had never taken part in the collaboration element of a wiki. I envision using this collaborative technology to teach Michigan history and geography content based on the Michigan GLCEs for third grade, although it is so flexible that I could easily adapt it for any of the subjects that I teach. I think that we could use a wiki as an ongoing tool to record, expand, and share our research about our state. It would be fantastic if we could connect with another group of third graders in the state to take the collaboration to a higher level.
In addition to the cooperative learning that naturally accompanies a wiki, the students would also be taking part in project based learning. Each unit of study could include a project in which the students would participate, using the wiki to plan, collaborate, and present findings.
A wiki would be a pretty simple tool for third graders to manage, as they simply need to login and click edit on the page they wish to change. Embedding video and pictures may be a bit trickier, but by using this throughout the year, the students can be eased into more challenging skills.