Matt Richardson
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Pinellas Park High School
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About Me
I teach 10th-Grade World History. I'm just getting started with 2.0-style work in my classroom, despite being the "technology evangelist" in my school. I've had a classroom website for a while, and my kids started doing webquests last year, but only this year am I moving into using wikis as an educational tool. It's scary, giving up so much of the control I've always had in the past, but I think it will be rewarding, too!

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So, yeah, um, what ABOUT that project?

Posted on October 14, 2007 at 3:17pm 0 Comments

OK, so, my plan was to blog daily about my wiki project. Then the avalanche of crap that is the end of the first marking period came down on me. Something had to give, and the blog was it.



Anyway, here's how it went:



My big mistake was to give insufficiently specific instructions when it came to writing the articles. After two days, none of my groups were done, so I forced the issue. On the third day, I had each group send me a message stating which member of the group was… Continue

About my current project...

Posted on September 26, 2007 at 3:57pm 3 Comments

I guess I should write up a brief description of this project, especially if I'm going to blog about it!



The major concept is that students will take on the role of newspaper reporters, and write articles about a given area of World History (I chose Ancient Rome for this first project). They will do their own research, and publish their articles on a wiki. I came up with 35 different articles that students could write about, and created wiki pages for each of them. Students work in… Continue

Wiki Project - First day, continued...

Posted on September 26, 2007 at 3:01pm 0 Comments

My impressions from the rest of the day:



By 3rd period, the kids had discovered the mail function. This was no surprise, as those kids are particularly social. No big deal, I'll just have to keep an eye on them to make sure they're getting their tasks done.



My 5th period has a few groups that are really struggling with the overall concept of the project. Some of this may be due to the higher percentage of ESOL students, but I don't think that accounts for it entirely. I may… Continue

Wiki Project - First day, part 1

Posted on September 26, 2007 at 6:21am 0 Comments

Low-grade panic pretty well described my mood over the last few days.



My plan was to start a new project with my classes today. The idea was to create a wiki about Ancient Rome. Students would pretend to be newspaper reporters, and compose their stories on thew wiki.



The panic came from, first of all, the sheer size of the task of setting up the wiki pages for each assignment. I have 35 or so assignments, and each needs it's own page (of course, I didn't discover Wikispace's… Continue

First Post

Posted on August 28, 2007 at 1:08pm 0 Comments

Hello, everyone! I found this community via Steve Hardagon's blog. I'll be using this blog to knock ideas about, and to learn from the community. Looking forward to "meeting" you all!

Matt

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At 9:39pm on January 28, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Matt. I was wondering if your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. Perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 5:44pm on September 26, 2007, SusanTsairi said…
Hi Matt, your History project sounds interesting, also enjoyed reading your updates on how it's going!
 
 
 

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