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What's a Wiki?

A wiki is a type of website that allows users to easily add and edit content and is especially suited for collaborative writing. That means that on typical wikis, anyone can edit anything at anytime. Fun! Because of how open most wikis are, many educators find them a bit tough to deal with.

Wikis facilitate "the purposeful work of negotiating and creating truth" and they support the philosophy that "the quality of the collectively produced product is more important than owning the idea."

Wiki Key Words
  • Collaboration
  • Co-creation
  • Shared space
  • Collection

Wiki Uses

  • Easy, simple website
  • Easy group authoring
  • Data collection
  • Projects
  • Reviews
  • Presentations
  • Professional collaboration
  • Class texts

Specific Uses (Stephanie Sandifer)
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Communication and Knowledge Management
  • School Improvement Plans, Technology Planning
  • Personal Portfolio
  • Professional Learning

Idea Resources

Wiki Strategies
  • Reading
    • Check the history: you can tell how active a particular wiki is by checking the clicking the "history" or "recent changes" links. More activity doesn't necessarily mean better quality, however.
    • Wikis can be good starting points for research. Verifying what you find is always a good idea.
  • Writing
    • If you know something that isn't on the wiki, add it!
    • If you see something wrong, fix it!
  • Discussion
    • Use the discussion tabs on each page to add to the content.

Wikis in Plain English

Sample Wikis

Classroom Wikis

Wiki Tools

Wiki Resources

Your Ideas
How might wikis be used in a K-12 school setting?
What might be some obstacles to their use?