What is a wiki?
A wiki allows groups of people to collaboratively develop websites with no prior knowledge or experience of website design.
How can wikis be used in the classroom?
Wikis are great places for students to collaborate on projects and are particularly suited to Project Based Learning (PBL).
Examples of classroom use include:
- Students create a page on which they can be an 'expert' on a subject or topic.
- A Teacher creates a page where students write book reviews, create a classroom newsletter or create an online dictionary of key words.
- Students create a page to manage a project where each team member is given a specific role.
- Students list ingredients / apparatus for the next lesson or create an online repository of links and resources for a particular topic or lesson.
What is the Educational value of Wikis?
Wikis encourage group social interaction and collaboration and support learning beyond the limits of the classroom and classroom activities.
Wikispaces Classroom builds on the collaborative editing features of a wiki but includes some additional functionality to support classroom use, features such as social interaction and formative assessment.
One of the most welcome additions to wikispaces is the ability to set up projects and assign teams (great for PBL). Students can be assigned to teams by either dragging and dropping them to a pre-defined team or by uploading them via a .csv file. Students can also be assigned to a team using the built in random tool. Once assigned to a team, each student will have their own space to work in.
Creating a classroom wiki is really easy however, before you start, you will first need to create a free education account. Visit http://www.wikispaces.com to get started.