A wiki is a collaborative website that allows its members to share, add, and modify information. This web page provides the owner with the opportunity to create an open, collaborative web page, limit the web page to members needing permission to modify the site, or design a closed web page that presents information to its viewers.
Things to consider when choosing a wiki provider:
- User accounts (so your name is automatically attached to all changes you make).
- Membership options/upgrades available.
- Page history and stored revisions (not all wikis have this, but it can be an important feature-especially with students).
- Document attachments-is this allowed?
- Page edit locking (you don't want two people editing a page at the same time, as one will lose their changes).
- An easy-to-remember syntax.
- Is it user friendly? Easy to navigate?
Where can you create a wiki?
Wikispaces offers free accounts with many of the features listed above.
Here is a quick video explaining what wikis are and how they can be used in a group.
Here is a rubric for editing a wiki.
Here are 30 open wikis every educator should see.
This is a wiki that teaches you how to use a wiki and gives elementary and secondary examples.
The best educational wikis of 2011.
Here is a video tour of the #mathchat (twitter) wiki.
How will you use wikis?