To promote the use of Wikispaces as an educational site whereby educators can collaborate and share resources Jessica Garvey, Marsha Pritchard, Jennifer Glanfield and Rachel Telzer, all pre-service student teachers with the Faculty of Education at Brock University were recently interviewed at Wikispaces after they published their first collaborative project, “Journey of a T-Shirt”.
The team stated that they chose Wikispace because they wanted to share their resources with fellow teacher candidates. “We put in a lot of work that would be difficult for any one teacher to complete single-handedly”, explained Jessica. Also, recognizing the influence and power of technology, they tried to integrate many technology (web 2.0) tools for the unit such as blogs, online games and videos. The team stressed that using this tool allowed them to collaboratively complete the assignment without having to be in the same room together, often difficult for student teachers practice teaching at different schools.
“When implementing this unit, parents and students have access to summative rubrics and lesson plans so expectations are made clear from the beginning as well as building a network of communication between parent, teacher and students”, stressed Jessica.
The Wikispace is a cross curricular Social Studies, Drama, Technology Literacy, Language Arts and Math Unit called "Journey of a T-Shirt" and can be viewed at: www.journeyofatshirt.wikispaces.com