Wiki Ideas

Digital Notebook or Portfolio – For a long unit or single class devoted to the study of the war, a wiki serves as an excellent method of organizing ideas, assessments, notes, and collaborative work. Nearly anything can be stored and shared on a wiki, including text, images, sound, video. Many of the various ideas and projects discussed in this presentation can all be posted on a wiki.

Who’s Who in the Vietnam War – Students can be each be assigned assigned specific topics concerning the war and develop encyclopedia entries, eventually creating a class compendium on the war. The topics can be broad (major events in the war) or narrow (the antiwar movement).

Vietnam Micropedia – Students can be assigned specific topics concerning the war and develop encyclopedia entries, eventually creating a class compendium on the war. The topics can be broad (major events in the war) or narrow (the antiwar movement).

Collaborative Branching Story – Similar to the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from a few years back, this exercise could follow the life of a specific role during the Vietnam era. Working in small groups, students would generate possible choices from a story starter and weave history and creativity together. As readers make choices, they would be taken to a different section of the wiki with an alternative path in the story.

Collaborative Test Review - The next generation of the common “test review” sheet. Students can work together to add details to a teacher produced review document in order to prepare for a quiz or test.

Collaborative Dialogue or Interview – Partners can develop a creative dialogue between soldiers, politicians, hawks and doves, or other roles. Each student can mix content and slang of the time in order to express their viewpoint.

Literature WikiCircles – If students are assigned common books from the Vietnam Era, they can respond to questions and prompts on a wiki in advance of having a dialogue in class.

Discussion with Vietnam - If a contact exists in Vietnam, students from the US and Vietnam can pose questions, share ideas, and converse through a wiki. What a powerful use of technology!