Dec 13 2007

More props for our Wiki!

Published by at 11:57 pm under AP Economics,Teaching

The EduBlog Awards Ceremony was podcasted live over at EdTechTalk.com. If you want to listen to the whole ceremony, follow the link above. Here’s a clip where they announce the “Best Educational Wiki” category and Welker’s Wikinomics!

If you’re still not sure whether the EduBlog Awards (the “Eddies”) are a big deal, it looks like they’re getting some attention in the mainstream press as well.

PBS Teachers | learning.now . More than Just Blogging: the 2007 EduBlog Awards | PBS

From the influential technology blogger Andy Carvin over at PBS.org:

“It’s that time of year again – the winners of the annual Edublog Awards have been announced. And despite the name having the word “blog” in it, the awards cover a whole range of educational projects, including wikis, social networks and even virtual reality spaces. If you’re looking for a quick scan of cool education initiatives using social media, this is a great place to get started.

The Edublog Awards, launched four years ago, is an annual tribute to the best and brightest across the educational Web 2.0 landscape. Back then, the awards focused solely on different types of blogs: library blogs, research blogs, group blogs and the like. You can still find some of those categories today, but what I find most enjoyable are the awards given to educational projects that aren’t actually blogs.

For example, there’s the category for best educational wiki. These are websites where students and teachers collaborate to produce interesting and informative content. Like any wiki, the pages can be edited by anyone involved in the project, so the depth, breadth and hopefully the quality of the content improves over time. The winner for best wiki is Welker’s Wikonomics. Created by the students of AP economics teacher Jason Welker at the Shanghai American School. Using the free wiki tool known as WetPaint, they’ve put together a multimedia collection of course materials, definitions of economic theories, and resources for other classrooms…”

Way to go SAS Economists! Keep up the good work! One more semester of macroeconomics and you’ll have created the largest online resource for economics students in the world!


About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “More props for our Wiki!”

  1. andy carvinon 15 Dec 2007 at 6:48 am

    Uh oh – I'm a member of the mainstream press now! 😉

    Seriously, though – congratulations. You and your students have put together one heck of a wiki.

  2. Christinaon 03 Jan 2008 at 6:48 pm

    yayy!! I knew we'd win it. 😀