Recently while viewing the wonderful tweets by people that I follow on Twitter I came across a tweet by Andrew Marcinek (Here is a link to his Blog). He was sharing a Wiki that he created for his staff and students. The Boys Latin School Ed-Tech Resource Wiki serves as a home for all the links that he shares with his staff broken down by content level.
I really like this idea. Take a Wiki for your school and create a place for you to house links, resources, videos, lesson plans, publications, etc., organized by content area. By creating the Wiki, you are also allowing faculty and staff to add to it as well, therefore the burden does not always fall on you to update the site. Teachers can do that as well. You will probably still have to maintain it, and have a Professional Development on how to use the Wiki, but it makes for a great way to organize the information for your staff.
Every time that I received a great link or resource from a blog, I would just email it to the teachers who teach the subject matter that it related too. What if they delete that email? How will they be able to use that resource later when they finally do have time? What are the chances that I kept the email to send to them again (probably slim)?
I asked Andy for permission to copy the idea. I have not gotten around to it. We are busy with changing Email Servers among other things going on in our district. But writing this blog post has motivated me to get started. I will be working on a Wiki for my teachers in the coming weeks. Once I have started it and included some links, I will share it with you all.
Thanks for the inspiration Andy!