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A "wiki" is a website that allows its users to add, change or delete content within its pages. The term is used to describe collaborative authoring applications: the most well known being "Wikipedia".
Wikis are often powered by a wiki software or a wiki hosting site. These sites are typically intuitive and easy to use: designed so that anyone can participate in them. Most wiki sites require users to register and often contain levels of access to different parts of the site.
Wikis are often used as community websites and note-taking services.
Wikis in the classroom
The following are some ideas on how wiki sites can be used in the classroom:
* use a wiki as a class management tool: create areas for course details, class topics, study guides, resource lists, etc.
* ask students to form small groups and build wiki spaces around a class topic (use the history function to monitor student contribution)
* ask students to write their own wiki pages on course content
These suggestions and more can be found at the Web 2.0 Survival Guide website
Find wiki tools
The following is a list of links to some of the popular wiki tools on the internet.
"MediaWiki is a free software open source wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia"
The World's Largest Platform for Creating Social Websites
PB Works Wiki
A wiki tool that enables users to "capture knowledge, share files, and manage projects within a secure, reliable environment"
A website that provides attractive layout templates for wiki sites.
"Wikia is a collaborative publishing platform that enables people to discover, create and share content on any topic in any language"
A directory that compares all the wiki softwares available on the internet.
"Wikis are simple web pages that groups, friends, and families can edit together. Starting your wiki at Wikispaces is fast, free, and easy"
"WikiWorks is the open-source wiki application best known for powering Wikipedia"
Examples of wiki use in the classroom
Mules Reading Group Wiki
A wiki maintained by a grade 4 class where they discuss the books they are reading in class.
The Wright3 Wiki
A literacy wiki maintained by an Elementary School teacher for her students