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Wiki as a Professional Development Tool
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, , Cal State Northridge, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper examines how wiki technology can be used to support teacher professional development. Wiki is a type of interactive web site that allows users to contribute and edit content. This technology can be used in a number of ways, but in each case the contributions of the participants are the key source for information on the site. Wiki technology can provide a space for the social construction of the knowledge of a community. The study looks at wiki use in teacher professional development and by a class of high school students. All users had some concerns about the process, but most viewed it favorably. Teachers were much more reluctant to edit each others' work than the high school students. Recommendations for future use include strong scaffolding of the process in the early stages concerning what to contribute and when to edit pages.

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Foley, B. & Chang, T. (2008). Wiki as a Professional Development Tool. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2959-2966). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 22, 2019 from .

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