Wikis in Education

wiki from webopedia

(n.) A collaborative Web site comprises the perpetual collective work of many authors. Similar to a blog in structure and logic, a wiki allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content that has been placed on the Web site using a browser interface, including the work of previous authors. In contrast, a blog, typically authored by an individual, does not allow visitors to change the original posted material, only add comments to the original content.
  • The term wiki refers to either the Web site or the software used to create the site.
  • Wiki wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian. The first wiki was created by Ward Cunnigham in 1995.

WikiMatrix lets you compare all the wikis.

Wikispaces was chosen for this day because the site provides free wikispaces to educators.

This wikispace was created to initially share information, but collaborating through a wiki may be helpful. For example, if several teachers are instructing in similar content, they can post ideas or handouts. Teachers can also create wikis for their students. The student wikis can be used in many ways, such as creating an outline for course content that the students will add information or students responding to discussion questions.

Students do not need emails, and their usernames and passwords can be uploaded. If students are using the wiki, be sure to have a contract and carefully explain to the students that you will be carefully supervising them. Also provide parents with a letter requesting their permission for their children to participate. A good model is the Student Contract page on Nutmeg Books 2010.

On Wikispaces, wikis have permission levels.
  • Public: Everyone can view and edit your pages.
  • Protected: Everyone can view pages, only wiki members can edit them.
  • Private: Only wiki members can view and edit pages.
If your wiki is for Educational Use, certify this by checking the box, and you will not get advertisements and your private wikis will be free.

Examples of Wikis

EduWikis - This site aims to answer one question: How can I use wikis in education?
Wiki While You Work - An Introduction to Wikis in Education
Best Educational Wikis of 2009 from wikispaces
VoiceThread 4 Education Wiki VoiceThread is a free Web tool for sharing interactive presentations.
Information Technologies Communications in Science Education - The aim of this wiki is to provide a useful set of ICTs and other tech tools for Science Teachers to utilise in their classrooms.
Twitter for Education - Using Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning
Wiki Examples from Motivating the Plugged In Generation
Traci Blazosky's Professional Wikispace - 1st grade teacher's technology use
Connecticut: The Contribution State: 4th grade service learning

Pam's script for The Wonderful World of Wikis.doc