Welcome to the page on Wikis. I'm going to add information about Wikis in Education as well as some fun and informative Wikis. Take some time to look through some of the Wikis that are posted in the discussion area, and share some of the Wkis that you use regularly.




What is a Wiki?

From http://webtrends.about.com/od/wiki/a/what_is_a_wiki.htm

"a wiki is the simplest collaborative content management system that could possibly work."

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki_(software)

" website that allows users to collaboratively create and edit web pages using a web browser. A wiki system is usually a web application that runs on one or more web servers. The content, including all current and previous revisions, is usually stored in either a file system or a database. Wiki software is a type of collaborative software."




Can I use them in a Classroom?

This is a huge question that many people ask. There is a fear that because a wiki can be updated and modified by anyone that the information presented is not correct. Now I'm not saying that everything you read is gospel, but nothing should be viewed that way on the internet... not just wikis. Wikis are a great place to start when looking for information. Almost all of them will have links to more sites with more information. They make a great starting point and can have fantastic information.

Now I also feel that information needs to be researched carefully, so just using one website for all your data is not valid. Looking at several different sources is the best method.

I do feel that students can use wikis to create a classroom page of information. The students can update the page and be a part of spreading information and news, not just reading about it online. This can make a great Web 2.0 experience for a classroom.