What is a Wiki?
A wiki is an editable web page. The Wikipedia further 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.
Since 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.
For more information, view the following:
Teaching with Wikis
Or view the YouTube video: Wikis in Plain English (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY).
Examples of quality wikis created by teachers include:
- Nature Guide Home – Littlewood Nature Guide: http://littlewoodnatureguide.wetpaint.com/
- The Impact of Climate Change: http://primaryextension.wikispaces.com/
- Mrs. Monson’s Thousands Project: http://monsonclassroom.wikispaces.com/
- Mrs. Abernathy’s Ponderous Pandas: http://jabernethy.wikispaces.com/
TechSlams: Creating and Using Wikis
There are two easy tools that are used to set up a wiki for instructional and classroom use: Wikispaces and PBWorks. Both provide free educational accounts for teachers that can be made private or public.
- Wik-my-pedia: Wiki outlining student project
- Holes: 8th graders in Dubai analyze Louis Sachar’s novel Holes.
- Dive into Language Arts: Wiki with links to websites, wikis, and resources for teaching Language Arts
Terry the Tennis Ball: Choose your own adventure with multiple endings to the story.
- Our Hockey Story: First graders collaborate to write and edit an online story.
- Web 2.0 for Social Studies: Wikis with a variety of web resources for teaching Social Studies
- Social Studies Fair: Wiki with resources for conducting a Social Studies Fair
- Google Earth: Wiki with resources for using Google Earth
- Encyclopedia of Educational Technology: Wiki with resources for teaching Social Studies
- Flat Classroom: Students in Bangladesh and Georgia collaborate to discuss topics from the Thomas Friedman book The World is Flat.
- Development of Medicine Through Time: 10th grade students research topics about the history of medicine and publish their findings online.
- Discovery Utopia Project: Students at Cresthill Middle School answer the great questions of society (What is the role of government? What is the role of the individual?).
- History Headquarters: 11th graders review topics covered in Modern United States History.
- Polar Regions: Elementary school wiki compiled by K-3 students.
- Teachers Tips/Training: Blog about how to use wikis in Math class with links to Math wikis.
- Math 247: Wiki presents Mathcasts, pencasts, and presentations for elementary math.
- One Thousand Names: 1st graders understand what 1,000 looks like by using a wiki to collect 1,000 names.
- Math12 Outcomes Portfolio: Presents sample problems and explanations for specific math curriculum goals.
- Wikis in Science: Resource wiki with links to science wikis
- Blogs and Wikis in Science Teaching: Slideshare slideshow sharing information on using Science Wikis
- Teacher Tips/Training: Blog about how to use wikis in Science class with links to Science wikis.
- Wikijunior: The Elements: An online science textbook.
- First Grade Space Page: If they can do it, so can you! Even includes podcasts!