Wikis and camelia

This week, some of my students have been completing a wiki as part of their 2nd assignment for my Information Environment subject. As I’ve noted before, there is a plethora of information on the web about wikis in schools and elsewhere. A good source is Classroom 2.0 which has a large section on wikis including a useful video (from YouTube) on a plain English guide to wikis. There are also quite a few good examples of wikis, including an award-winning site Welker’s Wikinomics. You can use this site whether you are interested in the subject content or not, as it’s a very good example of what can be done with a wiki, within the school context. My students are creating wiki pathfinders for groups of students and, for most of them, this is the first wiki they have created. Almost all students have found this an exhilarating experience – once it’s done.

It’s Spring in Australia and the flowers are starting to come out in profusion. Everywhere you look there is a new splash of colour. One of my favourite flowers, not easy to grow except in a greenhouse in Scotland, are camelias. There are many different varieties and I’m not capable of identifying the one in the picture below – the after-rain camelia, I’ll call it.

After-rain camelia

After-rain camelia


2 Responses to “Wikis and camelia”

  1. Brenda Bruce Says:

    Hi James. Beautiful shot of the cameillia. It’s a formal double Japonica. Name depends on the size and leaf. We possibly have that one growing at home, along with many others. Japonics and Reticulatas are our winter delight. There is a groundcover one called Classique that may do OK in Scotland. I shall ask my sisiter as she has patented it.

    Wagga is so different from Scotland. You must feel the contrast.

  2. Brenda Bruce Says:

    Hi James,

    My sister said that Japonicas are possiblely more cold hardy. but the glasshouses that you have up there in Scotland, with bricks half way up the sides are recognised as the most efficent way to hold the heat & help those sojourning plants get along. Sorry this is not really TL stuff. Um. perhaps both are growing concerns?

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