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15 Oct

 

Hello everybody, I will be introducing my wiki strategies for Avenir Rural Mentoring for this post

First of all,  the definition of “wiki” on wikipedia are:

A wiki is a website which allows its users to add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser usually using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor.[1][2][3] Wikis are powered by wiki software. Most are created collaboratively.

Wikis serve many different purposes, such as knowledge management and notetaking. Wikis can be community websites and intranets, for example. Some permit control over different functions (levels of access). For example, editing rights may permit changing, adding or removing material. Others may permit access without enforcing access control. Other rules may also be imposed for organizing content.

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 [ˈwiti] or [ˈviti]) is a Hawaiian word meaning “fast” or “quick”.[5]

Wiki Strategy

Giving the fact our client, Avenir Rural Mentoring is a e-learning industry. I have done some research and identify some wiki strategies that will perfectly suit this organisation: (https://sites.google.com/a/boisestate.edu/wiki-project/wiki-strategies-for-educators)

1. Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice

Most students have never used a wiki before and will need instructions and practice on how to actually use the software. By providing time and instructions for how to use the wiki, students will feel more comfortable in this environment and be more willing to contribute. Make sure you stress that they can’t mess anything up . . . wikis have page versions that save everything! You might provide a sandbox or a practice wiki before your students actually use the real wiki. You might create individual student pages and ask them to answer 5 questions about themselves and insert a picture. The main point here is: Have them practice and get good at using a wiki. Then, they will be ready to work on the collaborative project without stressing over learning the technology!

2. Be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment

Remember, not all students are technologically savvy and may need some initial help with the wiki. However, once they get going and see how easy and quick a wiki is, they should start feeling more comfortable and eager to use the wiki for its powerful collaborative features.

3. Include a common goal for collaborative activities

Usually wikis work best in a problem-solving environment or something that requires common goals and collaboration. This will help motivate students to work together on completing the goal/tasks/project.

4. Model examples of collaborative activities

Since many students have never worked in a collaborative environment before, you will need to model these behaviors and show them what they look like.

 

Thank you all for reading my post, see you guys next week!

Avenir Rural Mentoring & Blogging Strategy

11 Oct

Hello everybody, this week i am going to start off introducing our client, or i should say, our chosen organization and also the strategies/tools that our team has adapted.

 

First of all, Avenir Rural Mentoring began its planning in 2011, Avenir Rural Mentoring and is in the process of becoming an official organisation.

Avenir Rural Mentoring provides a long term adjunct to the traditional education system by partnering with rural schools to connect mentors with student cohorts. There will be five modules of content (working titles) – self-development, mental health, physical health, career aspirations, growing up – each with six topics. These 30 sessions are available for use throughout the year, in total or in part, with the possibility of tailored sessions for schools. One mentor between 18-35 years of age is the mentor for a small group of students (size to be determined in collaboration between schools and Avenir Rural Mentoring), devoting approximately 2-3 hours per week to their group (30-60 minute session plus correspondence). This time is spent taking the class through the Avenir program, communicating individually through email (later through an online portal) and collating student questions for further online workshops.

The program will begin in NSW with the intention of expanding to other Australian states and territories when interest arises and adequate numbers of mentors are available. This is projected to occur in either 2014 or 2015.

Avenir Rural Mentoring is composed of the founder and three ambassadors. We are investigating the possibility of interns.

Partners, collaborators and program supports with Avenir Rural Mentoring include the Inspire Foundation (Sarah Jackson), TeacherTime (Jesse Black), Spur Projects – Soften the F*ck Up (Ehon Chan), Connetica (John Mendoza) and AIME Mentoring (Deb Kirby-Parsons).

Avenir Rural Mentoring is a fresh, innovative organisation delivering unique, supportive, long-term programs to support young people through the tumultuous years of adolescence.

Avenir Rural Mentoring’s aims are:

●      Building self-esteem  – young people in rural areas empowered to do the impossible

●      Capacity-building – young people in rural areas equipped with the skills to make the impossible possible

●      Community development  – Young people in rural areas having a greater sense of connection to their own community

●      Bridging communities for collective strength – Young people in rural areas having a greater understanding of other communities

●      Community sustainability – Rural communities have increased retention of young people

Key strategies

Avenir Rural Mentoring programs offer a unique adjunct to the traditional curriculum by incorporating life skills into the classroom setting, delivered in a workshop, practical focused manner using the knowledge, experiences and passion of mentors to create opportunities for young rural Australians. We run long-term mentoring programs in rural classrooms as well and transition in person events in urban centers for young rural Australians who have recently moved to cities.
We hope that by sharing our personal stories of success, difficulties, confronting experiences and change, we may inspire the young people to strive for their absolute best while being equipped with the skills needed to make those dreams come true.

Thank you all for following my post, see you guys next week!