Wikis & the Common Core State Standards


There are an incredible number of ways in which a wiki can be used in the classroom. The following is a list of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that can be addressed through use of a wiki at the 5th grade level:
  • Anchor Standards: 6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • W.5.5. With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • W.5.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
  • W.5.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • W.5.3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • SL.5.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
(http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards)

Using 5th grade as an example shows just how many standards can be incorporated in using a wiki, and this list may not include all standards possible. Wikis can be used in elementary classrooms, middle school classrooms and high school classrooms, and there are a number of ways to organize the creation of a wiki, dependent upon your needs.