What in the World is a Wiki?
A wiki is a collaborative website and authoring tool that allows users to easily add, remove and edit content. Wikipedia, the online open-community encyclopedia, is the largest and perhaps the most well known of these knowledge sharing tools, but with benefits that wikis provide, the use and popularity of these tools is exploding.
Some of the benefits that make the use of wikis so attractive are:
- Anyone (registered or unregistered, if unrestricted) can add, edit or delete content.
- Tracking tools within wikis allow you to easily keep up on what been changed and by whom.
- Earlier versions of a page can be rolled back and viewed when needed.
- Users do not need to know HTML in order to apply styles to text or add and edit content. In most cases simple syntax structure is used.
Use these resources to learn more about wikis:
Wikis in Plain English
What is a wiki? - from about.com
1. Take a look at some ways libraries and schools are using wikis.
- ICT Magic
- Resources for History Teachers
- Educational Blogging Wiki
- Westwood Schools Computer Science class wiki
- Educational Origami Wiki
3. Create a post in your blog about the experience. How might you use a wiki? What did you find interesting about the wiki concept?
Create your own wiki! There are many sites where you can create a free wiki of your own. Here are three that offer ad-free wikis to educators.
Choose a topic, create your wiki, add information, then post the link and let us know what you are doing.
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