RB 194: The Wiki 1%

March 13th, 2012

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This week at Radio Berkman we tried something new.

During our recent interview with Berkman Fellow Justin Reich about his report The State of Wiki Usage in U.S. K-12 Schools: Leveraging Web 2.0 Data Warehouses to Assess Quality and Equity in Online Learning Environments, we learned that only one percent of educational wikis succeed in creating the kind of multimedia, collaborative learning environment we have come to associate with open educational resources like PBWikis and Wikispaces.

Justin’s findings, and their implications, are so intriguing that we decided it was time to go into the field and do some investigative work of our own. Radio Berkman wanted to know: Who is making those successful wikis and how?

Producer Frances Harlow spent a day at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts sitting in on professional development sessions and interviewing instructors, including

  • Director of Studies and History Department Head (and classroom wiki “missionary”) Matt Dunne
  • Veteran History teacher Norma Atkinson
Listen to what she found and be sure to let us know what you think of this Radio Berkman experiment!

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Reference Section:
More on Justin Reich here
Justin’s recent work
See his recent talk at the Berkman Center
Creative commons music from Kevin MacLeod
This week’s episode produced and edited by Daniel Dennis Jones with Frances Harlow
Creative Commons licensed photo courtesy Flickr user mscellanea

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  • 1. Glenn Zucman  |  March 23rd, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Thanks Radio Berkman! The original Justin Reich piece was really interesting and this is a nice follow up.

    In your new radio conjuring… are you looking for any more pieces on this topic? Say from a State University course that’s worked with wikis and various other new media tools for the past six years?

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