Wikis

A wiki offers the ability to collaborate and share information online. This function opens many doors for communication anytime anywhere. Consider how experts and beginners or partner groups can work together to explore creativity and productivity.  The additional feature of  RSS (real simple syndication) keep all members of a group updated. Wikis are enablers of collaboration. The resulting work provides shared ownership.  Wikis can also provide a website platform for teachers to share information with the parent community.

For more information, read an article published in Edutopia on wikis – The Way of the Wiki: Building online Creativity and Cooperation.

Watch this video (by Common Craft) called Wikis In Plain English.


What Can You Do with Wikis?

  • Write a collaborative story, novel, or informational text
  • Collaborate with an epal and develop a writing piece on your community
  • Plan/organize a group Social Studies project; a group Science project or any group projects
  • Peer assessment, editing and revising of writing
  • Personal website for sharing
  • Professional learning community collaboration forum
  • Online space to collate research information
  • Sharing of knowledge on specific topics between schools, between students, between groups

Which Platform do I Use?

There are different wiki platforms and each offers a variety of options.

* Click on this link to view a comparison between a number of strong platforms that are both easy to learn as well as provide a forum for students to contribute.


Resources to Get You Started:

PBWorks –  Help files; video help files
Wikispaces –  Help files

Some Living Examples Out on the Web:

Creative Web Tools for and by Kids (multiple group projects by elementary students exploring their learning).
Bear Den (Mr Klingman’s Secondary Social Studies class)
The Caves of Mull (a who-dun-it mystery by Perth Academy, Scotland)
Digital Sandbox (our learning series site for Learning Technologies)