I love it when teaching “kismet” happens, when you accidentally find things that are useful right when you need them. I’m teaching a workshop tomorrow on using wikis in the classroom, and today just by happenstance as I was reading through several blogs, I ran across three items about wikis that I’ll be sharing tomorrow.
Earlier today at the Communication Nation, I ran across this mind mapping tool, Wiki MindMap, that can be used with Wikipedia to outline any topic. It opens up the topic map as you click on the subtopics, and is very cool.
Sheryl pointed to Leigh Blackall, who first shared the video, and who also came up with this great quote to convey the usefulness of wikis to her students: “Researching together is more effective than researching alone.”
It struck me that we tend to think of research as a somewhat solitary activity (except for a few professions like science), and part of the paradigm shift for all of us with web 2.0 is to think about the effectiveness of utilizing our collective intelligence. I think Leigh’s comment conveys that idea well and succinctly.
Anyway, all of these random finds will deepen my presentation tomorrow–so thanks, and hurray for serendipity!