Goal Directed Learning: Infusion Level

9-12 Lesson

Wiki Way

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Grade Level


Classroom Configuration

  • Whole group using a projector and interactive white board and/or small group instruction using classroom computers or mobile laptops as rotating stations. Use of computers outside of class: home, library, smart phones, etc.

Arizona Common Core State Standards: ELA

Text Types and Purposes*
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas,
concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection,
organization, and analysis of content.
a. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and
multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
b. Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant
facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information
and examples appropriate to the audience knowledge of the topic.
c. Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
d. Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
e. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
f. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the
significance of the topic)

Production and Distribution of Writing
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Arizona Educational Technology Standards (2009)
  1. Strand 2: Communication and Collaboration
    1. Concept 1: Effective Communications and Digital Interactions
      1. PO 1. Collaborate with peers, experts, or others in the global community employing a variety of digital tools to share findings and/or publish in a variety of ways.
  2. Strand 4 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision Making
    1. Concept 2 Exploring Solutions
      1. PO 1. Plan and manage an individual learning project that collects multiple data sets from diverse sources, creating planning adjustments and course corrections from the knowledge gained.
  3. Strand 5: Digital Citizenship
    1. Concept 1: Safety and Ethics
      1. PO 4. Demonstrate safe online communication practices regarding personal information.
      2. PO 6. Advocate and exhibit legal and ethical behavior when using technology.


  1. Students will write text, notes, outlines, comments, and observations that demonstrate comprehension and synthesis of content, processes, and experiences from a variety of media.
  2. Students will write fluently for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes, making appropriate choices regarding style, tone, level of detail, and organization.
  3. Students will use digital resources for planning, monitoring and evaluating their course tasks and projects.
  4. Students will use digital tools to communicate with classes and/or content experts regardless of location.


  1. Introduce the term wiki and have a class discussion about wikis - what are they?
  2. Show the class several examples of wikis:
    1. Student sample
    2. 105.wikispaces.com/USG_10s1
    3. bergmannscience.wikispaces.com/
  3. Have several students set up a class wiki page using PBWorks, Google Sites or Wikispaces as a forum for the class to exchange their thoughts, share information, provide a space for Help, retrieve grades, and whatever else they decide should be part of the wiki. Have the students come up a with a password for the class wiki.
  4. Then ask students to decide what pages or links they should include on the wiki. This could include pages for Frequently Asked Questions, Homework Help, Labs, Chapter Summaries by students, Calendar, Assignments, Parent Comments, links to the gradebook, and Extra Credit.
  5. Have students access wiki for all assignment directions and due dates, for monitoring grades, to communicate with and help other students on course content, to pose questions, to share learning, to extend their communication and learning beyond the classroom.
  6. For at least one project, have students locate a content expert they can contact with specific questions. Communication should occur on the wiki.
    1. Example: Biology Wiki
      1. Students utilize the wiki for a project in another content area. In this case, students in biology class create a wiki for the purposes of an anti-smoking campaign on campus. Students research the physical effects of smoking on the human body. Their research is listed on the wiki and students add to the continuing research on how they will present this campaign to their fellow classmates. The wiki is used to plan the date/time/event. If students choose to create posters for the campaign and put them up at lunch time, the planning is kept up on the wiki. Students locate an expert in the area of smoking (a doctor who has dealt with lung cancer for example) and update the information from this expert on the wiki. At the termination of the campaign, students should either invite fellow classmates to share their comments about the campaign on the wiki or at the very least reflect on the campaign themselves via the wiki.
  7. Options for management of wiki:
    1. have pairs of students take turns adding and changing content on wiki
    2. teacher can manage content of wiki
    3. each student has their own page on the wiki that they use for planning and managing their assignments, projects, and assessments for the course.
  1. Computer, teacher
  2. Projector
  3. Internet access
  4. One to five computers for students to use
  5. Wiki applicaton: PB Works pbworks.com, Google Sites sites.google.com or Wikispaces wikispaces.com
  6. Google Calendar or other calendar program
Assessment is the ongoing evaluation of the Wiki either by student self-reflection and/or teacher driven suggestions for maintenance and goal setting as they work through a project or an ongoing self assessment like grade checks and/or calendar events.

Technology Integration Matrix





Goal Directed