About 4 years ago I embedded a Google Form (Docs) onto a page of my class wiki that I used teaching U.S. History. The site, “Mr. Bruce’s History“, became quite functional and drew attention because of the integrated design and student involvement. Wikispaces featured it a few different times, and just as they were about to make a yearly check-in feature on their blog my teaching assignment changed…
I had always maintained that “Guestbook” link as part of that wiki and even though Mr. Bruce’s History has actually seen many revisions and I have multiple iterations of the site, this is one aspect parts are intact across all versions. What amazes me is that it continues to get traffic; enough to get visitors to “sign” that they stopped in. Forms keeps a spreadsheet of all form submissions and I am notified by email whenever anyone does so. Just yesterday, Karen N. from Beechworth, Australia signed in saying she was referred from a wiki information site.
A few have stopped in and signed because Mr. Bruce’s History is referenced in a graduate course textbook on Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom (actual title of one such book is Pam Berger’s Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World and there is one other text that I was asked permission for his use of it). Others are directed to it during workshops or just by searching examples of classroom wikis. Since 2009, the Guestbook has been signed 143 times from 26 states and 16 countries around the world from New Zealand to Ireland.
I truly wish I were able to make the most of it still… My teaching situation has changed quite dramatically. It has become such that I do not know if Mr. Bruce’s History will ever exist as it once did. Hopefully, in its present state, it can provide those visitors with what they seek as they include wikis in their classrooms.
Thanks to everyone for visiting. Let me know if you have questions or comments.