What is a wiki?

A wiki is a website that allows visitors to add, remove, edit and change content. It also allows for linking among any number of pages and websites. It is easy to use and an effective tool for collaborative authoring.
Click to watch a quick video that explains wikis.

Why use wikis?

Wikis teach students how to collaboratively construct knowledge, to negotiation with one another to publish for a global audience, to create and work as a community and they provide opportunities for students to engage in authentic, purposeful work .
Educational Uses of Wikis
  • To collect and disseminate school information
  • Great motivator for students
  • Easy to monitor
  • Allows for creativity and innovation
  • Encourages participation of all students
  • Promotes communication between students, teachers, and parents
  • Create a simple websites
  • Peer-reviewed projects or Group projects
  • Classroom discussion and debate
  • Teacher collaboration
  • Post classroom assignments as well as Collaborate with other classes
  • Create a class newspaper or book by wiki (group authoring)
  • Give students the opportunity to let students manage a project: tasks, goals, responsibilities, and so on

How to

Use this slide show to help you get started

Link to get started

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Best Practices



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Are you looking for a tool that allows students to simultaneously edit a document? You might want to try another form of collaborative tool like google docs, or check out some of the collaborative tools on the digital portfolio page.

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