What is a wiki?

Explanation on what is a wiki supplied by The Common Craft Show at www.commoncraft.com.
o A website that allows multiple users to create, modify, and organize web page content in a collaborative manner.
o Live collaboration whose purpose is sharing of the creative process and product by many
o “wiki” comes from Hawaiian language meaning “quick” or “fast”
o Best use as a resource/collaboration tool

Why a wiki?

Take this Wiki Walkthrough

How can I use wikis in my classroom?

Find examples of classroom uses on this site sponsored by Wikispaces, Educational Wikis, Moving Forward - Wiki Links

Other applications for a wiki:
  • collaborative problem solving
  • group laboratory projects
  • "WebEssay" (essays that combine images, text, and hyperlinks)
  • classroom writing projects or class textbooks
  • assemble materials for a project or research
  • e-portfolio
  • file-sharing
  • virtual review sessions
  • social network to link multiple classes in the same subject

Articles on Wikis
- 7 Things You Should Know About Wikis from www.educause.edu/
- Wide Open Spaces Ready or Not from www.educause.edu/

- Wild About Wikis from www.techlearning.com

- Learning with Blogs and Wikis

How can I make a wiki?

http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers to get an ad free site. Check the link for a brief "how-to" tour.

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What can I do with a my wiki?

visual page editor
image and file uploads
embed widgets
unlimited pages and messages
collaboration with others
page histories
discussion forums
email and RSS notifications
wiki statistics
web folders
custom permissions
real-time backup

  • Things to Consider Before You Use a Wiki in Class

  • Be sure you have a focus or activity for student blogs.
  • GET PARENTAL PERMISSION BEFORE STARTING, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR STUDENTS ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 13. Make sure your parents understand what a blog is, how you will be using it, and what protections are in place.
  • Adhere to the WSSD Acceptable Use Policy
  • Adhere to policies on displaying student work
  • Consider making your blog private if displaying student work or if your students are under the age of 13
  • Make sure students understand the importance of not giving out personal information (email address, phone number, home address, school, personal description, etc.)
  • Review netiquette (internet etiquette) for postings

Get Started with video tutorials from Wikispaces


Personalize Your Wiki

Files and Pictures

Embed Widgets


Send Invitations

Get Started with these printable directions from Scribd

xcollins-brown@wssd.orgfor more inofmration

Learn from a WSSD teacher using video tutorials:http://mendell.wikispaces.com/Wiki+Basics

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