Blogs, Wikis, and Google Docs (CUE Tips Submission)

This is another new session I submitted as a 20 minute CUE Tips session at the upcoming CUE Conference in March. While these three tools could easily fill an hour on their own, I figured a discussion of which to use when might make a great quick preso for beginners and experts alike. We’ll see if the session readers agree, but in the meantime, I’d love your thoughts and feedback (and questions) on this.


Blogs, Wikis, and Google Docs: Which one is right for your lesson?


Why use a wiki when you have a blog? When should you use Google Docs instead of a wiki? This session will clear up your confusion and free your creativity.


This session will begin with a clear definition and example of each two-way web technology: blogs, wikis, and Google Docs. Participants will then learn the strengths and weakness of each, complete with demonstrations to illustrate each point. Finally, the presenter will run through a variety of classroom scenarios, recommend an appropriate solution (or two) for each, and justify the choices made. Participants will leave with links to many more educational examples. (The whole abstract appears here, but here’s the pdf anyway: BlogsWikisGoogleDocs.pdf)

Has anyone already done something like this. I imagine someone more “chart” inclined than me must’ve already thrown something together. Any leads?

UPDATE: Doug Johnson asked his readers to clarify when they use Wikis and when they use Google Docs… it got quite a response and it seems there is a need for a session like this.

4 Responses to “Blogs, Wikis, and Google Docs (CUE Tips Submission)”

  1. Christy Tucker Says:

    If you can get through that in 20 minutes, that’ll be impressive! I know, you’re not going to go deep on any one of these, just compare.

    It sounds cool though. Our team has been discussing when wikis are appropriate for our courses. We’ve ended up in the past with “discussion board” assignments where basically everyone just posts with an attachment for their individual project to get peer feedback. I’m trying to convince my SMEs that if they are really looking for a “gallery” to display student work that wikis would be a better choice; some are more receptive to that idea than others. I’m slowly making progress though.

    I haven’t seen anyone else do this specific comparison, but I think it would be beneficial. Beginners would see possibilities for application, and people with more experience would be able to think about best practices.

  2. Mark Wagner Says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Christy… if I do a chart for the preso (probably the best way to keep it short), I suppose I should add discussion forums to the matrix.

    Hopefully the submission readers agree with you that it’ll be helpful. :)


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    […] Here is the third of five submissions I made for NECC 2008. My previous two submissions were really focused on helping teachers learn – rather than helping teachers to teach. This session, though, is my effort at a more teaching centered session. It combines elements of my three-hour Two-Way Teaching workshops from last year and the new 20 minute Blogs, Wikis, and Google Docs CUE Tips session I submitted last month for the 2008 CUE conference. I hope the combination works. Let me know what you think. […]