Principal Tracy Mulvenon participates in a Community Read at the Fayetteville Public Library.
Holcomb Elementary Teachers Participate in Project 21c Wiki
How can FPS students get the best preparation for the world they will enter when they graduate? Principal Tracy Mulvenon has taken the next step in Project 21c by involving Holcomb Elementary teachers in the FPS community conversation about the changes needed in our curriculum via a wiki dedicated to this question.
FPS teachers will play a pivotal role in how Project 21c takes shape. But first, teachers must be given access to a forum in which to express their ideas -- the wiki.
What is a wiki? According to Wikipedia (itself probably the best-known example of a wiki), it is "a page or collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content."
The Project 21c wiki was created to facilitate a collaborative discussion of the curriculum. Each of the seven work groups made up of district faculty and staff maintains its own page, which contains an overview of what the group is responsible for and what goals they have set for themselves. At the bottom of each page, group members and other users may comment on the page content.
Claude McGehee, Technology Integration Specialist at Holcomb Elementary, said the process to get teachers started with the wiki involved a training held at each grade level meeting. Wikis in Plain English, a video available on both YouTube and TeacherTube, was shown to get them started.
Ultimately, as each principal sets things in motion at his or her school, all FPS teachers will be able to access the Project 21c Wiki, allowing it to become the forum for the free exchange of ideas it is intended to be.
As we move forward in developing ideas for our schools, we welcome the thoughts, suggestions, ideas, and critiques from everyone in the community. You can share your thoughts easily through our community blog.