Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Use wikis to enhance students' vocabulary

Wikis can be used to improve students' vocabulary, educator and technology specialist Patrick Ledesma writes in this blog post. He suggests having students research and write definitions on a class wiki in a way that will be "understandable to their friends" instead of simply rewriting definitions. Students can also include graphics and pictures to illustrate their understanding of the terms. He also says teachers can allow students to develop a wiki with common class vocabulary words that students can reference for review and practice for standardized tests. Teachers can also give students practice with synonyms by having them tag the pages. Finally, he suggests that teachers have students use graphic organizers to help them design their vocabulary pages. Teacher Magazine/Leading from the Classroom blog


  1. Thank you Dr.Keesee for teaching me the best way to become a good future teacher. All of the helpful links, resources and materials that you provide for us as students is very helpful. I never knew how to blog until I took your class.

  2. This was a good suggestion from Mr. Ledesma. Teachers need technology now more than ever to help their students learn better. My sister, who teaches middle school students, even uses WordSmart to enhance her daughter's vocabulary and reading comprehension.

    I've heard some WordSmart complaints in the past, that there was this WordSmart scam that tricked people into buying the software. I don't think there's truth to that. My sister is perfectly happy with program, and my niece is definitely learning a lot.


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