Wiki


A wiki is software that allows registered users or anyone to collaboratively create, edit, link, and organize the content of a website, usually for reference material. 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 one of the best known wikis.

Ward Cunningham, and co-author Bo Leuf, in their book The Wiki Way: Quick Collaboration on the Web described the essence of the Wiki concept as follows:
  • A wiki invites all users to edit any page or to create new pages within the wiki Web site, using only a plain-vanilla Web browser without any extra add-ons.
  • Wiki promotes meaningful topic associations between different pages by making page link creation almost intuitively easy and showing whether an intended target page exists or not.
  • A wiki is not a carefully crafted site for casual visitors. Instead it seeks to involve the visitor in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes the Web site landscape.

Source: Wikipedia

Wiki Sites

Wikispaces (FREE for educators) - http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers100K (the host for this wiki)
pbwiki - http://www.pbwiki.com
Wikidot - http://www.wikidot.com

Curriculum Opportunities

Make sure when you are using a wiki with students that student safety / privacy is protected.

BDI (Entrepreneurial Studies). Students are required to create a comprehensive business plan for a proposed entrepreneurial project. This is accomplished as a group. Each group is assigned a wiki page for their plan. Students can then edit/revise the plan online. Teacher / students can monitor changes via email notification or RSS.

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