Casey Grammar School Head of Secondary School Teaching and Learning and teacher librarian Julie Squires has developed a very useful wiki for her year 11 English class.
- Wiki homepage
Julie explains, ‘Although I created the wiki specifically for my class, I made it public so that any English teacher and/or student can use it. I am introducing my students to the wiki slowly; they need to complete their VCE profiles via the wiki and I want them to get used to doing homework online. I want the students to take responsibility for their own learning. I am encouraging them to use tools such as Essay map
to plan their essays online. Students can contribute to the ‘Reading/responding resource bank’
so that others can see what their classmates are doing. I really hope it becomes a collaborative effort between them as often students don’t realise what their classmates are writing and thinking. It’s not cool to share too much in class, so hopefully this way they can experience the power of learning collaboratively.’
Useful online resources
Julie continues, ‘And by giving them links to useful resources, like Glogster and Ergo, I am helping them find resources they would not necessarily come across themselves.’
Congratulations to Julie for her great ideas, creativity and for sharing her wonderful wiki with us. Julie really is a leader in her field! If you have a moment, check out her ning, a place for Victorian teacher librarians to meet and share.
Essay map is an intuitive online essay planner for students.
Students do not to have sign up for an account or register an email address. They simply enter their first name and topic and away they go.
Students can move between screens as their ideas develop and become clearer.
They only downside is that essay maps cannot be saved. However, they can be printed out before exiting.
Review of map
Thanks to Julie Squires of Casey Grammar School and Lynda Santolin of Parade College for the tip off about Essay Map.