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Getting started with wikis


 What is a wiki? A wiki is a site where collaborators can contribute information jointly and edit it together. Usually a wiki can be edited by any reader. Also, there is usually an area for comments and a history of the edited sections.




  • Pbwiki.com (free or paid levels of access; no ads for educators)
  • Wikispaces.com (giving away 10,000 free/partner to Edublogs)
  • Jotspot.com (Google just bought jotspot and it’s currently disabled)
  • Wetpaint.com (can invite "writers" to join, whom you approve)




o Find my tips on using pbwiki.com at www.brightworkshop.pbwiki.com (password is “eanes”) Click “sidebar” to see tips.




o WHS examples www.policyproject.pbwiki.com    and   www.chapsipc.wetpaint.com

o A student created manual on a topic http://westwood.wikispaces.com/Chapter+1+-+Security+and+Privacy

o Committee planning --create a document everyone can edit

o Wikipedia.com encyclopedia

o Wikitravel Wikibooks

o Wikinews

o Ebay has a wiki where users create the manual

o Best Buy has a corporate wiki for employees to share information


What can you use a wiki for?

--To create a class encyclopedia or textbook

--To collect group work so that students can collaborate between classes

--To collect links to good websites or news articles on topics

--To work with other teachers on a collaborative document

--To collaboratively post book reviews or audio book links

--To collect your own links or images to share with your class in a presentation

--To use in a discussion or a workshop to list ideas and comments

--To create a recommendation site for your subject (books, movies, news, etc)

--To have students create a webpage on internet safety


What can you put on a wiki?

--Sound files (mp3) and podcasts



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