Wikis in the Classroom

Have you tried using wikis with your students?  I’ve been playing around with these lately and I think they are (yet another!) technology tool that could be very useful in the classroom.  For those not familiar, a wiki is a a collaborative web site that allows users to create, edit, and comment on shared content. The word “wiki” is the Hawaiian word for “quick”. The wiki you are probably most familiar with is Wikipedia – the huge, online, collaborative encyclopedia (which now sports over 2 million articles).  For people (like us) wanting to create our own wikis, there are a number of sites out there now called “wiki farms” that allow you to easily create a wiki – no charge.  Places like SocialText, WetPaint, and Wikia. But my favorite so far is PeanutButterWiki.   I like this one because it’s easy to use and you can make your wiki private (you can control who has access to it).  Just to show you, I created a new wiki called AP Biology Teachers.  Here’s a link to it if you’d like to check it out: Link to Demo Wiki. Once you arrive, just click on the link at the bottom of the page to go to my wiki.  Would love to hear from any other teachers who’ve tried this with their students.

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2 responses to “Wikis in the Classroom

  1. Gary

    I’ve used pbwiki with my 3rd grade classes for the last two years. We have been doing state reports on it. The sidebar is great for a navigation area. You can check it out at http://beattye.pbwiki.com

  2. rheyden

    Very nice Wiki, Gary. Thanks for sharing.

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