•Usernames and Passwords•Settings•Ability to Monitor
Anonymous with information only understood by you Period number and identifier Wikispaces randomly assigns 6 letter passwords
I prefer settings to be as secure as possible. Free educator account is not as secure as the paid educator account, but is good. Not having email accounts keeps outsiders from being able to email participants. I like pages to be open for outsiders to view, not just members, although you can block the public.
I can see all edits and comments I can remove edits and comments I can lock off certain people I can lock pages On paid educator accounts I can control who gets to edit what pages Even if students think they have deleted items, I still can see them and retrieve them if needed.
Every time I access this web 2.0 tool, there are more security and monitoring features available for teachers. BUT… My favorite monitoring feature is being able to monitor their “ Positive Critical comments” This encourages students to make sure they help to build each others work.
There may be monitoring concerns as there are in any other web-based activity, but as Gooding (2008) says: The beauty of a wiki is that it not only promotes collaboration among individuals from around the world, it depends on it. The interactive nature of its design allows individual users to enter or edit entries in real time and to have those contributions published immediately. (p. 48)
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