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Web 2.0 Wikis
Probably the best known wiki is
and the definition of a wiki from that resource is (at the time of writing, of course):
is a page or collection of
designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified
. Wikis are often used to create
and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia
is one of the best-known wikis. Wikis are used in business to provide
, the developer of the first
, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".
) is a
word for "fast". "Wiki Wiki" is a
. "Wiki" can be expanded as "What I Know Is", but this is a
The founder of Wikipedia is Jimmy Wales.
Jimmy Wales on the birth of Wikipedia video
Watch anonymous Wikipedia edits in (close to) real-time
Commoncraft's Video about Wetpaint wikis:
about wikis, but the one above makes a stronger case.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Most wikis have built-in functionality to
modify web pages using either a visual editor or the markup language editor
track all changes made to the pages
revert to a previous version of a page
discuss the content of a page
receive notifications of changes to pages (by email or RSS)
manage security for authors
make pages visible to search engines
There are lots of options for using wikis that are free or of low cost.
Some typical drawbacks of using wiki software are:
only one person at a time can edit a page
limited ability to customize the look and feel of the pages (can result in an unprofessional look)
it's easy for wikis to live beyond a project's life, to become orphaned, or to live as a sounding board for half-formed, unsure, and speculative ideas
A wiki can quickly get messy, and you may need to perform routine maintenance.
if externally hosted, a loss of control (e.g., use of advertising)
lack of import/export options - if the page is ultimately going to be in another form (e.g. a Word document), consider using an alternative
Some Sites which Host Wikis
- be sure to sign up for a K-12 site to avoid ads
- can request ad-free (see
If you want to be able to work on the document at the same time as your collaborators, think about using
Other alternatives include generating standard Web 1.0 web pages, using professional tools like Microsoft Sharepoint, or using Change Tracking in documents.
Some Examples of Wikis for Teachers
Web 2.0 in Education (UK)
- has a very extensive list of tools for teachers
Charlotte Area Math Educators Wiki
Tapping Into the Collective Intelligence of the Read/Write Web in Education Learning Network
- a page created as a result of a request to the Personal Learning Networks of three presenters
Some Examples of Wikis for Students
Mr. Mitchell's and Mr. Sampson's MHF4U Wiki
Welker's Wikinomics, winner of the 2007 EduBlog Awards "Best Educational Wiki" award, for students and teachers of Economics
Clay Shirky's Talk to Web 2.0 Conference
- The Cognitive Surplus: Gin, Sitcoms and Wikipedia
Eight Ways to Use School wikis
Vicki Davis' Slideshare about wiki in the classroom
for web pages, blogs and wikis. Create the equation, download the image and insert it into the page.
To add this to a wiki page, go to Embed Widget (the TV icon) | Other HTML and enter the code from the SITMO site.
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