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Purpose of a Wiki
Wikis Worth a Look
A wiki, according to the definition at Wikipedia, (the most well known wiki) is a collaborative website where the users can contribute. If any teacher who is at this site would like to contribute to the page, make corrections, or additions, the "Edit This Page" button will change this page from a static web page to a word processing document. It is just that easy. It just so happens however, that this page is restricted so that only invited guests can view and contribute. If you are viewing this private site, you have the "generic" log in information provided. Please
to obtain a unique log in user name. Once you obtain a user name, join this space. You may add pages, make corrections, or additions to this site once you obtain your unique user name from Wikispaces.
You can even
get your own site
to use with your students!
Here's a great video that explains the process!
A wiki is an example of
Web 2.0 technology
. Other examples of Web 2.0 are
. The whole process of this type of technology allows a community of people to share information easily, collaborate, and connect with others with common interests. Features of a wiki:
definition: webpage with an edit button
easy to correct mistakes
easy to allow people to contribute
does not prevent the making of mistakes
“wisdom of crowds” – collaborative (wikipedia)
“notification” – asked to be notified when changes occur – that’s how stuff gets fixed in 2 minutes.
web 2.0 applications work with old computers - no need to spend money on software
Here are places you can go to create your own wiki:
(preferred in classroom work because teachers and students can obtain ad free space)
Purpose of a Wiki
The purpose of a wiki is to facilitate participation in an easy-to-use online environment by a community of people who care about the content because they have ownership of the process and the results.
Adoption issues include:
Application or Use – examples in the "real world" include sales processes, technical documentation, work group collaboration, and event planning. An example of how a space like this is used in a school is
. So far over 90,000 K-12 educators have signed up on wikispaces (not to mention all the other wiki websites available). They use their wikis for a variety of purposes including digital portfolios, group projects, and demonstration of learning across a wide variety of subjects.
Open vs. Secure – the less control the more powerful the tool, the more control the more security, different levels of control are available. This wiki is protected, meaning that only authorized users can contribute. Anyone however can read the wiki, which is why we do not use names or identifying information.
Quality, Accuracy, and Moderators – New users need to understand that a wiki is a tool, like email and a word processor, no more or less accurate than those tools. The colaborative nature of this type of work offers the opportunity for review by others, including the moderator, which in this case are the teachers. Click
for a comparison of wikipedia to Encyclopedia Britannica.
The first step is to invite people. To participate in wikis, including wikipedia, a person has to use an email address, user name, and password. In this case and with most educational wikis, the website administrators take care of the user list so that students' email addresses are not used.
The home page and the navigation bar on the right side is the framework or template for people to start.
Personal profile pages that identify the user with their user name and contact information are important in most wikis because then the community or guests can identify the writers, lending credibility to the content. Schools do not use profile pages for anyone other than the teachers.
As new pages are created, the navigation bar grows and the content gets organized as needed.
Encourage visits. Companies may put non-essential information on the wiki so people will visit often ie sign up sheets, list of places for lunch, staff birthdays, photos of an event. In this application, students are compelled to visit to contribute.
Create a scaffold or template for people to fill in the blanks. Most wikis do this.
When people ask for information that is on the wiki, email them the link to the specific page, training people to check the wiki and increasing the value. For example, classrooms can use each others' wikis as resources to learn about different topics.
Adoption spreads as users invite or compel other users to contribute.
– a person who can train others or help them get started
– those who like to fix typos, find citations for quotes, fix broken links, and add links
- someone who makes format changes to make the wiki more visually appealing.
– those who like to insight a reaction from others by posting controversial content or doing disruptive things. WikiTrolls do not exists when wikis require a login with a secure password because they are not anonymous
Empty pages where people don’t know where to start
One person takes control – all members feel a sense of ownership, accomplishment, and responsibility when they all contribute fairly equally
Too much organization – a wiki should start out with the least amount of structure because structure will be added over time as the need arises
Wikis Worth a Look
Mr. Klingman's Wikispace
- MIddle School
- Middle School Foreign Language
- Middle School English
- Middle School History
- Middle School Social Studies
- MIddle School Science
Maggie's Lit Wiki
- a good example of a teacher using wikispaces as a class web page
7th Grade Math
- This is a great site for math
- Teacher's personal lesson plan wiki, same teacher -
wiki (check out the page about classroom blogging)
- Looks like the beginnings of a school website
Google Earth for Classroom Use
- Collaboration among teachers
Ms. Barnett's Class Web Page
- High School
- Grade 2 Class Project
- World History Class
Mr. Knuffke's Class Web Page
- Check out his "Wiki Warranty"!
Mr. Freccia's Class Web Page
- All High School teachers should do this!!
- AP English
- wiki as a study of this novel
- World History Wiki
- Wiki displaying student projects demonstrating understanding fractions
5th Grade Writing Wiki
5th Grade Social Studies WIki
Terry the Tennis Ball
- collaborative "Chose Your Own Adventure" story
- 6th grade science, body systems
Wiki Junior Books
- student portfolio
Red Cedar Writing Project
- Social Science classes from Austrailia
Computer Teacher's Wiki
- look for collaborative project examples
Ms. Bonk's Please Show Your Work
- Middle school math from District 142
Long List of Educational Wikis
- check this list to see if you find teachers that teach the same grade level or subject to gather good resources
Get Your Own!
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