Wikis and the classroom “ Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.” --Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder (Wales, 2004)
Class Discussions (any subject): Begin a discussion in your class, for example in an English class one could ask “What are modern examples of books/movies/songs inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?” Begin a Wiki discussion where not only your class joins, but other classes and teachers studying the same subject join and edit the discussion as well. (NJCCCS: 9.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5)
Interdisciplinary Classes (any subjects): Two different subjects and teachers can join to create one Wiki. For example one can start a Wiki page on Cinco de Mayo and students studying Mexico in history can write about it from a historical point of view and students from a Spanish class can write about it from a cultural point of view. (NJCCCS: 7.1, 7.2, 6.1.12A, 9.1)
Peer Editing (any subjects): Have your students post their essays/projects on the class Wiki page and have each other peer edit one another’s essays/projects. (NJCCCS: 9.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5)
Research Paper Wiki style (most subjects): Instead of your students using Wikipedia or another Wiki page as part of their research, have your students add their research to a Wiki page and observe how that information gets edited. (NJCCCS: 9.1, 3.5, 8.1, 8.2)
Wiki Communications (World Language): Connect with a teacher from a country that speaks the target language and have the students exchange information about each other’s cultures through a shared Wiki page.(NJCCCS: 7.1, 7.2, 9.1)
AP Wiki (AP classes): Create a page for your AP students where they can add and change information that could be found in the AP exam.
Wiki Teacher (teacher oriented): Teachers can form a Wiki page where they can share ideas and lesson plans on the subjects they teach.