Collecting book reviews

Collecting book reviews

Last modified by Théo Bondolfi on 2012/10/30 18:02
Title of the scenario Collection of curriculums
Brief introduction Using a local wiki for writing and sharing book reviews.
Keywords describing the topic of the scenarioBook reviews, reviews, books, reading

Application in educational context

Has this learning scenario already been practiced in lessons? Give examples of the learning scenario in use:

  • Add a reference link. It could be a reference to the performed lesson or a an evaluation of the performed lesson
  • Name of school or institution? 
  • Number of students?
  • Relevant contact persons

An example of this, primarily targeting teachers, is ny Elisabeth Söder, Medioteket (a communal resource center for teachers in Stockholm)This wiki is read only, used more as an cms than a wiki, though an interesting development would be to examine the possibilities of collaborative reviewing. 
Targeted educational sector:
  1. primary and secondary education
  2. higher education
  3. professional training
  4. adult training
Upper secondary or above
Learners' special characteristics e.g. students:
  • who are deaf
  • from rural areas
  • detached from the labor market 
  • with exquisite digital skills

Learning subject/ field e.g.
  • Wikipedia
  • English
  • Physics
Specific educational objectives e.g. make students acquire:
  • writing skills
  • basic knowledge on Roman toponyms and the Celtic culture
  • source criticism
  • cooperation skills

Narrative/sequential description of the learning activities (Important! Could be a longer text)Let students create a space in a local wiki for each book to be reviewed, working together on the descriptive parts, while keeping the actual reviews in individually managed pages.

This could be an interesting exploration of the limits of what is subective and what is objective in a review, and possibly a good starting point for discussions on the nature of a review.
Learning resources involved e.g.
  • books
  • online resource like wiki site to acquire knowledge from, e.g.
    • Wikipedia
    • Wikimedia Commons 
    • Ekopedia  
    • JurisPedia
  • search engines
Wiki application to create content (not to confuse with "Learning resources involved") Which wiki software do the students use to create content, that is, writing and collaborating? Wiki software could for example mean:
  • Social bookmarking tools, not being wiki software tool, but being collaborative tool suggested by as coordinator of wikiskills project (after various tests) :
  • Stand-alone wiki application like:
    • MediaWiki (which is used for Wikimedia projects like Wikipedia, Wiktionary etc)
    • DokuWiki
    • FosWiki
    • XWiki
  • Wikifarm application like:
    • Wikispaces
    • PBWorks
    • Wikidot
    • Referata
    • Wikia

Clarification: wiki application versus wiki online learning resource 

You can use Wikipedia both as a learning resource to aquire knowledge from, but also as a working tool where you do your assignment (if students have user accounts on Wikipedia and the assignment for example is to improve articles on Wikipedia). Then Wikipedia is the learning resource and MediaWiki (which Wikipedia is built upon) is used as a wiki application to create content.

Another option is to use Wikipedia as a learning resource but for example Wikispaces as a working tool for the class where they report their findings about Wikipedia. Then Wikipedia is the learning resource and Wikispaces is used as a wiki application to create content.


Local wiki installation or wiki farm


Other ICT applications involved e.g. standard computing programs like
  • spreadsheets
  • graphics software
Infrastructure / equipment e.g.
  • Internet connection
  • microphone
  • camera

Prerequisite competences e.g. to be familiar with
  • English writing
  • linear algebra
Evaluation approach e.g.
  • peer-to-peer assessment
  • test (teacher evaluate) 
  • revision tracking
  • group assessment

Typical learning time e.g.
  • How many sessions? 
  • How long sessions? 

Temporal mode "Synchronous interaction" and / or "Asynchronous interaction"  
Typical learning location e.g.
  • Classroom with computers
  • Classroom without computers
  • Outside the classroom. Where?
  • At home
School, at home
Opportunities identified during the implementation of the scenario 
Obstacles identified during the implementation of the scenario  
Other aspects to consider  


Created by Leonard Wallentin on 2012/10/04 11:48

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