Since then, I have joined two other wikis for this program, and visited a multitude of others. They have all been hosted by Wikispaces, which has made it easy to keep track of them. One of my favorites is LHS French Classes, which I discovered when I first had the idea to create a wiki for my classes at my new school in 2009. Unfortunately, when the domain name that I wanted was taken, I stopped. The teacher, Mme Theisin, has collected a trove of resources for all levels of French and sadly, I allowed her thoroughness to be my “excuse” for not creating my own site.
While researching educational Wikis for this module, I found two more that are inspirational to me. The first, English * Lizeowiki, combines my two content areas, as it is a wiki for French students learning English at all levels. Because they are learning English, many of the handouts posted are in both languages. While I have not yet contacted the teacher, I think that there could be a way to engage my AP French students with his students of English in collaboratively learning more about both languages and cultures.
The second wiki has started my creative juices flowing, trying to find a way to incorporate student projects on a wiki. The wiki is Lord of the Flies Essays and is home to a collection of essays by the students of one teacher. It caught my attention, as my classes are just finishing reading Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, and while we are wrapping up the unit, I am always looking for materials to add to my “collection.” Our next unit involved persuasion and we have discussed students producing persuasive Public Service Announcements, complete with annotated bibliographies. Wikis like this one could provide a good place for students to collaborate, post their final PSAs, and keep track of who did what and when.