Wiki Collaboration

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:

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.

 Classroom Connections

Language Arts

Social Studies

Math

  • 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.

Science