"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." - Albert Einstein


For this portion of our class together, we will be using a wiki space. What is a wiki? Here's a definition of a wiki on a wiki (wikipedia.com). Let your curiosity guide you!


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A wiki (pronounced /ˈwɪki/ //�12�WIK�18�-ee//) is a website that allows the easy[1] creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages, using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor, within the browser.[2][3] Wikis are typically powered by wiki software. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems.
Most wikis serve a specific purpose, and off topic material is promptly removed by the user community. Such is the case of the collaborative encyclopediaWikipedia.[3] In contrast, open purpose wikis accept all sorts of content without rigid rules as to how the content should be organized.
Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work."[4] "Wiki" (pronounced [ˈwiki] or [ˈviki]) is a Hawaiian word for "fast".[5] "Wiki" has been backronymed by some to "What I Know Is".[6]

Why use a wiki instead of our blog?

Our wiki will allow us to serve as "co-creators and co-editors" of our work. On this space, we will not simply respond to each other's work; we will be able to add, subtract, and alter each other's work. How is it different than what we can do on googledocs? Well, in this case, we can build a page that includes images, videos, weblinks, audio and anything else you can link. Additionally, our wiki allows us to post comments to one another and to allow our work to grow. In the famous words of Doctor Victor Frankenstein (movie version only, people), "It's Alive!"

How to Build a Page
If you simply hit "edit", you will find that you can make changes or add to any section of the page. As a result, we all have to be CAREFUL to respect the work already posted by our friends. This doesn't stop us, however, from editing any errors on the page or making any additions if we would like. In this manner, we really become "co-creators" of our work. How super cool. As you work, you can use the toolbar above to insert links, images, text, video, and other files for us to share. When you finish with your work, you simply press "preview" before posting. When you are ready to post, press "save."

If we want to communicate with one another, we can do so in the "Discussion" tab (see the top of the page). We can also check the "history" tab above to see when the last edit was posted. Yes, this is also my way of "seeing who did what when."

If you hit the link button, you can add links to pages. If you add a file, you can link to a paper or other text info. If you hit widget, you can add a variety of inserts to your page, including video, images, and chat areas.

Your First Wiki Build (Frankenstein Notes):
You will build a page of notes based upon your readings:

  • Read the material. Determine which notes are the "most important" for the page.
  • Create a "bullet point" based notebook page highlighting the key points of the reading.
  • Add text quotes from the reading, images, video, music and links to enhance the materials in your reading.
  • Present your notebook page to the class.

Topics and Groups:
Mary Shelley's Life (Ebere, Kathleen, Anish, Jessica, Alishya)
Themes, Sources, and Influences (Jesse, Joji, Sydney, Andris, Jahlil, Bryana, Janos)
Science, Politics and Frankenstein (Bri C., Thomas, Abby, Allen, Ariseli)