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Wikis: Claudia, Lori, Karen

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"A wiki (wee-kee or wick-ey) is a type of website that allow users to easily add and edit content and is especially suited for collaborative writing. The name is based on the Hawaiian term wiki, meaning "quick", "fast", or "to hasten." (The definition is from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.)  




Wiki When?






A Wiki page can be a useful tool in education: 


Why use wikis in education?


  • Wikis encourage collaborative learning and information sharing.
  • They increase student engagement and participation.
  • Wikis facilitate communication between teachers and parents and guardian.


This simplicity and the utter openness of a wiki cause many people to instantly reject the idea. Where does all the information come from? Is it reliable? People assume that because anyone can edit a wiki at any time, the wiki must be flawed. But wiki supporters claim this is an incorrect assumption. For example in the diagram above they have external assessors and department heads accrediting, syndicating and reviewing that the material is accurate in order to be used in an educational setting. 


Here are some excellent articles and examples on wikis in education:


K-12 school wiki- http://iisorkr.wetpaint.com/?t=anon

Student Project- http://msdurneysfire.wetpaint.com/

7th grade math- http://sjhsmath.wetpaint.com/?t=anon

Special ed- http://www.bethknittle.net/WP_Blog/?p=71







PTO- http://www.wetpaint.com/category/Education--Parent-Teacher-Organizations

Group Projects- http://www.wetpaint.com/category/Education--Group-Project-Wikis

Peer Teaching- http://www.wetpaint.com/category/Education--Teacher-Peer-Wikis 


Wiki How? 




Make A Wiki By Using A Free Method Pros

*They make it easier for you.

*Less messing around with the technical stuff.

*It's FREE


Make A Wiki By Using A Free Method Cons


*May have some restrictions

*Harder to brand

Here are some sites that let you make a Wiki for FREE...


Free help:

1. Learn how to use PBwiki: The PBwiki Manual

2. If you prefer video, watch a recording of our popular webinar, PBwiki 101: Your Guide to Wiki Basics.

3. Need more help? Sign up for a Free introductory webinar





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Wikia: Central Wikia. Wikia Inc. 3 Feb. 2009. <http://www.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Tutorial_1>


Webfetti. 2009. Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. 3 Feb. 2009 <http://www.webfetti.com>


You Tube. 2 Mar. 2007. You Tube, LLC. 3 Feb. 2009 <http://www.youtube.com>


PBwiki. 2009. PBwiki, Inc. 25 March 2009 <http://www.pbwiki.com>


How to and Education on Squidoo. 2009. Squidoo, LLC. 3 Feb. 2009 <http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-make-a-wiki>


How Stuff Works. 30 Mar. 2009 <http://computer.howstuffworks.com/wiki.htm> 




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