Wikis

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The American Heritage Dictionary defines a Wiki as "A collaborative website whose content can be edited by anyone who has access to it." In Hawaiin wiki wiki means "quick". Wikis are easy to create and view and can be set up to allow anyone to add, edit and remove content. They are great for collaborative lesson plans/units. Wikipedia is the largest and most well known Wiki in the world. It is a free online encyclopedia that is built by its users. That is the good news and the bad news. If the pages in Wikipedia that you are reviewing are built and revised by experts in that topic you can find an amazing wealth of information. However since anyone can edit those pages, they can also be filled with inaccuracies. Since Wikipedia is an international phenomenon, you can search in multiple languages on Wikipedia. Find the Wikipedia home page at: http://www.wikipedia.org/.

Examples of Free Wikis for Education


Creating a Free Teacher Wiki on Wikispaces.com

If you want to create a free wiki for use in K-12 education, be sure to go to this Web site and click on the box that says, "I certify this wiki will be used for K-12 education":. http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers

Ideas and Resources for Using Wikis in Education

Check out Jane Cook's Delicious Wikis Bundle at http://www.delicious.com/jcookgough/bundle:Wikis for additional resources. Please add other resources for using Wikis (in alphabetical order):

Wikis for Educators and Students

  • Book Trailers for Readers - Click on this link to find a Wiki developed by a teacher librarian to help turn kids on to reading: http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/
  • Classrooms for the Future- Click on this link to find a Wiki that provides resources for all content areas. The Wiki also provides information about all technological tools. This link will direct you to the English page, but if you scroll to the bottom of the screen you can access information for other CFF sites and content areas. http://cffenglish.wikispaces.com/
  • Collective Intelligence - Click on this link to find a Wiki started by Liz Davis to gather information about how Web 2.0 has changed the life of teachers and students: http://collectiveintelligence.wikispaces.com/
  • Cool Tools for Schools - Click on this link to find an array of Web 2.0 tools available for teachers and students: http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/
  • Connecticut: The Contribution State - Click on this link to find a Wiki created by Donna Drasch with collaborative online and classroom learning activities where students explore the essential questions, "How have contributions of others in the past effected my life today? What is a community? What are our responsibilities as citizens in the community?": http://connecticut.sblc.wikispaces.net/About+This+Wiki
  • EASTCONN Smartboard Users Group Wiki - This space was created by Pam Skelly and Lynn Reedy as part of a users group. They have many great sites for different subject areas and grade levels. http://eastconnsmartusers.wikispaces.com/
  • Educational Wikis from A to Z - Click on this link for a Wiki with links to a variety of teachers' wikis arranged in alphabetical order by subject area: http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis
  • Educational Origami - Click on this link for a Wiki about 21st Century teaching and learning created by Andrew Churches, an educator from Aukland, New Zealand: http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/
  • Spice It Up a Notch with Nutmeg - Click on this link to go to a Wiki created by Rebecca Pilver and Donna Drasch, EASTCONN Staff Developers, which allows teachers and students to participate in a phenomenal collaborative online project based on Connecticut's own Nutmeg Books Award: http://nutmeg2010.sblc.wikispaces.net/
  • Using Blogs and Wikis in Education - Click on this link to go to the Open Content Wiki with "the ultimate resource on using blogs and wikis in education": http://opencontent.org/wiki/index.php?title=Using_Blogs_and_Wikis_in_Education