Saturday, October 24, 2009

Week #7 ♦ Thing #16 ♦ Wikis

I went to an in-service training yesterday on facilitating a school book club and it gave me some really cool ideas for integrating technology into the traditional book club. I did a Google search for book club wikis and I was shocked to find just how many there were! The first one I found was the Cortland's "We Rock" Book Club Wiki ( Although it hasn’t been updated in a while, it was a great example of how wikis can be used to facilitate book clubs. Students could post their thoughts about a book, makes notes about a favorite book, or suggest books for future meetings. The Tween2Teen Book Club Wiki ( is a facilitator resource. It is a place for people to post discussion questions or activities they have used for book club selections for others to use during their meetings. The third type of book club wikis I found were actual book clubs held completely online via wikis. For example, anyone who enjoys James Bond novels can join the James Bond Book Club ( and participate in the discussions.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using wikis for education. Educators are doing really cool things, and I’m so glad I get to be part of it!

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