Wikis

What is a wiki? Click on this video entitled Wikis in Plain English, created by Lee LeFever and found on Teacher Tube, to see...


Click on this link for the same video on You Tube: Wikis in Plain English on You Tube
The American Heritage Dictionary defines a Wiki as "A collaborative website whose content can be edited by anyone who has access to it." In Hawaiin wiki wiki means "quick". Wikis are easy to create and view and can be set up to allow anyone to add, edit and remove content. They are great for collaborative lesson plans/units. Wikipedia is the largest and most well known Wiki in the world. It is a free online encyclopedia that is built by its users. That is the good news and the bad news. If the pages in Wikipedia that you are reviewing are built and revised by experts in that topic you can find an amazing wealth of information. However since anyone can edit those pages, they can also be filled with inaccuracies. Since Wikipedia is an international phenomenon, you can search in multiple languages on Wikipedia. Find the Wikipedia home page at: http://www.wikipedia.org/.

Instructions for Creating a Wikispaces Account and Joining the OWL Grant Wikispace

Click on this link to open an MS Word document with instructions for creating an account and joining this Wikispace: Instructions for Creating a Wikispaces Acccount & Logging into the OWL Grant Wiki 1-26-10.doc
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Creating a Wikispaces Acccount

Creating a Wikispaces account takes only about 30 seconds. Just follow the steps below:
1) Go to http://www.wikispaces.com
2) Under Join Now!:
  • Type a username in line 1.
  • Type a password in line 2.
  • Type your e-mail address in line 3.
3) Click on Join.
4) You will be sent an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address. Click on the link in that e-mail. This is Wikispaces way of authenticating that you are a real human being and not a virus that is trying to create a Wikispaces account.

Creating a Free Wiki for Education

  • Powerpoint demonstrating how to create your free educational Wiki without commercials - created by Michael Davidson, Lisbon Central School Computer Teacher at the CT Writing Project/EASTCONN Tech Summer Institute 2009:

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  • Create a Free Wiki for Education: If you want to create a free wiki for use in K-12 education, be sure to go to this Web site and click on the box that says, "I certify this wiki will be used for K-12 education":. http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers

Joining an Existing Wikispace

If you find a Wikispace that interests you, you can request to join that Wikispace by doing the following:
  1. Type in the URL of the Wikispace
  2. Click on Join this Space in the uppper lefthand corner of the screen.
  3. When the dialogue box appears, you can write a message to the space organizer or just click on the Request Membership button. This will send a message to the space organizer that you want to join.
  4. The Wikispace organizer will then decide whether to approve or reject your request. NOTE: This may take a few minutes or a day or two depending on how quickly the space organizer responds to your e-mail.

Examples of Free Wikis for Education


Ideas and Resources for Using Wikis in Education

Please add other resources for using Wikis (in alphabetical order):

Wikis for Educators and Students

Please add other Wikis of interest that you find below (in alphabetical order):
  • Book Trailers for Readers - Click on this link to find a Wiki developed by a teacher librarian to help turn kids on to reading: http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/
  • Classrooms for the Future- Click on this link to find a Wiki that provides resources for all content areas. The Wiki also provides information about all technological tools. This link will direct you to the English page, but if you scroll to the bottom of the screen you can access information for other CFF sites and content areas. http://cffenglish.wikispaces.com/
  • Collective Intelligence - Click on this link to find a Wiki started by Liz Davis to gather information about how Web 2.0 has changed the life of teachers and students: http://collectiveintelligence.wikispaces.com/
  • Cool Tools for Schools - Click on this link to find an array of Web 2.0 tools available for teachers and students: http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/
  • EASTCONN SMARTBoard Users Group Wiki - This space was created by Pam Skelly and Lynn Reedy as part of a users group. They have many great sites for different subject areas and grade levels. http://eastconnsmartusers.wikispaces.com/
  • Educational Wikis from A to Z - Click on this link for a Wiki with links to a variety of teachers' wikis arranged in alphabetical order by subject area: http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis
  • Educational Origami - Click on this link for a Wiki about 21st Century teaching and learning created by Andrew Churches, an educator from Aukland, New Zealand: http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/
  • Spice It Up a Notch with Nutmeg - Click on this link to go to a Wiki created by Rebecca Pilver and Donna Drasch, EASTCONN Staff Developers, which allows teachers and students to participate in a phenomenal collaborative online project based on Connecticut's own Nutmeg Books Award: http://nutmeg2010.sblc.wikispaces.net/
  • Using Blogs and Wikis in Education - Click on this link to go to the Open Content Wiki with "the ultimate resource on using blogs and wikis in education": http://opencontent.org/wiki/index.php?title=Using_Blogs_and_Wikis_in_Education

Wikispaces Help

You can get help with your Wikispace by clicking on Help in the upper righthand corner of any Wikispace page. Follow the links on the Table of Contents for help in a variety of areas. Click on the files below for tutorial pages created by Jane Cook: