Everything you wanted to know about WIKIs but were afraid to ask.

By Mrs. Cassinelli

What is a wiki?

According to Wikipedia, A wiki is software that allows users to create, edit, and link web pages easily. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. These wiki websites are often also referred to as wikis; for example, Wikipedia is often considered one of the best known wikis. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki)

This simple video from The Common Craft show will explain what is a wiki and how to use them. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY):

Some of the most popular wiki websites:

  1. www.wikispaces.com - really easy to use. Has some great features like public & private spaces, embedd widgets, and . See Wikispaces Help for more information
  2. www.pbwiki.com -
  3. www.wetpaint.com -

Educational uses of wikis

There are so many education uses for wikis. Any where you want a quick and easy way to share and collaborate information is a great place to make a wiki. Why not make a wiki for your school club, or Journalism class to share cool article (add RSS!), or for a class project in History or Religion. It's so easy and you don't need to know html (the programming code of web pages) to make a wiki.

It's also fun to embed third-party widgets (applications) from other websites such as YouTube, Flickr, Voicethread, and RSS. Are you starting to see how a lot of these tools can be used together???

My sample:

Mission Possible: Web 2.0
Online Safety

Examples from other teachers: http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples of educational wikis