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Wikispaces is an online tool which allows you to create and manage your own wiki. What is a wiki? It is a collaborative website and authoring tool that allows users to easily add, remove, and edit content. The name comes from the Hawaiian “wiki-wiki” meaning “quick." Characterized by ease of use, a wiki is an effective tool for group authoring and notetaking where users need to share and edit information, exchange ideas, or provide feedback to one another. Adding to a wiki is much like word processing and changes are instantly available. To protect information on a wiki, sites can require users to log-in before being able to edit. In addition,the history feature within wikis allows you to easily keep up on what been changed and by whom, and earlier versions of a page can always be accessed.

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Learn About Wikis

First, watch the following video, "Wikis in Plain English.


Then read this article to learn more about wikis.

Examples of Wikis

Examples of Educational Wikis – a large collection of wikis organized in (what would you expect?) a wiki!

Take a look at the following examples to see the various ways wikis are being used:
Comparing Hemispheres - project between schools in NY and Australia
Westwood Schools Wiki - online space for Camilla, GA students
Welker's Wikinomics - AP Economics class at Shanghai American School
Hanalee Book Wiki - 5th graders study of the novel, Turn Homeward, Hannalee
Arbor Heights Elementary School Wiki - wiki as a school web site
Flat Planet - students in Canada and UK examine environmental issues
Google Earth Resources - wiki to provide resources for a workshop
wikiHow - collaborative project to build world's largest how-to manual


Create Your Own Wiki

Download Step-by-Step Instructions - Wikispaces.pdf
  1. Go to WikiSpaces for Educators and create your account. Be sure to indicate that it will be for K-12 school use.
  2. Create and name your wiki.
  3. Add additional pages to your wiki - one for each of the nine strategies and one for your Implementation Plan.
  4. Add to your wiki as you study each of the instructional strategies and learn new technology tools to support them.


Similar Tools

WetPaint

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PBWorks

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Users can obtain a free, upgraded PBWorks wiki account. Learn about it here.