Watch this Wikis in Plain English video from Common Craft (you'll need to click through to YouTube
) to get an idea of what wikis are and what they can do.
What do wikis let you do?
- Anyone can edit content--you can have an open wiki, or restrict the wiki to be edited only by those you invite (you can even set page-level editing permissions)
- You can easily track who's making changes, and what they're changing
- If you accidentally change or delete something, you can easily revert back to an older version of the page.
- You don't need to know HTML or any other coding language in order to apply styles and formatting
- It's a great way for students to gather and share resources on a project or unit
- Wikispaces provides ad-free wikis for educational use
- LEGO Robotics Winterim a wiki my Winterim group used to share what they learned
- Forman ElementSpace and Forman Physics two examples from Chemistry and Physics classes
- Examples of Educational Wikis a wiki of wikis.
Wikispaces changed their layout shortly after I made those videos, but hopefully they'll still be useful.
To complete Thing 5:
- Watch the video about wikis
- Visit the examples of wikis being used in classrooms to get some ideas
- Go to the 14 Things to Tame wiki and follow the directions there to edit the wiki
- Copy and paste the comment you leave there into a new blog post.