Activity Types: Wikis

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What is a Wiki?

A wiki is an editable web page. The Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki) goes a step further and explains that:

A wiki enables documents to be written collaboratively, in a simple markup language using a web browser. A single page in a wiki is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire body of pages, which are usually highly interconnected via hyperlinks, is "the wiki". A wiki is essentially a database for creating, browsing and searching information.

A defining characteristic of wiki technology is the ease with which pages can be created and updated. Generally, there is no review before modifications are accepted. Many wikis are open to the general public without the need to register any user account.

Because the purpose of a wiki page is to allow multiple authors to construct informational pages, wikis make a great tool for collaborative document creation or discussion. Check out the video on teaching with wikis at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdOKUeT0O-o!

Other interesting links:

Sites to See: Wild About Wikis

Wiki Wiki

Wiki, Blog or Moodle

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Candace Figg, PhD
Brock University
Faculty of Education, Teacher Education Department
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Jenny Burson, EdD
University of Texas at Austin (retired)
Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction
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