Using Wikis in the Classroom


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What are wikis and how can we use them in education?


  • View Wikis in Plain English video from Common Craft
  • Download the Educause PDF about using wikis in education: 7 Things About Wikis from Educause Learning Initiative. This flyer would be a great way to start a conversation with your technology director and administrator about having a class wiki.
  • View the Wiki Walk-Through on the Teacher's First website for a quick introduction to wikis and how to use them in your classroom.



Check out the educational wikis listed below to see how other educators are using wikis!



Here are some companies that host wikis:



Creating our own wikis at Wikispaces.com

  • Sign up here to create a wiki for yourself. Be sure that you indicate that your wiki is for educational purposes.
  • Wikispaces has a wiki on how to create a wiki. View video tutorials on setting up your wiki.
  • Share your wiki with us by clicking on the discussion tab above and posting your wiki's name and URL.
  • Visit other participants' wikis and then come back to this page and post comments for them on the discussion for this page.
  • Take your wiki to the next level with resources from the Getting Tricky With Wikis. This wiki has an amazing amount of tips for jazzing up your wiki with clear instructions and screen shots. Check it out!
  • Password protect individual pages by adding code to the Other HTML widget. To see the code, log in here with the password wikis. This information came from the Getting Tricky With Wikis site mentioned above.


Note: Hold your students accountable and model good digital citizenship by citing your sources on your wiki. Read instructions on how to add references to your Wikispaces wiki at this link: http://blog.wikispaces.com/2008/07/add-references-to-your-wiki.html


Watch Jimmy Wale's talk on FORAtv.org. He is the founder, board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit corporation that operates the Wikipedia project, and several other wiki projects, including Wiktionary and Wikinews. He is also the co-founder, along with Angela Beesley, of the for-profit company Wikia, Inc. He speaks about the vision of a social community coming together to collaboratively build a free encyclopedia of knowledge. He emphasizes that Wikipedia is a social phenomenon and explains how the community works together not only to write but to monitor and edit information to insure accuracy. The presentation is about 30 minutes, but it well worth your time!