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Why Use a Wiki? Joan Vinall-Cox, Ph.D.
First, What’s a Wiki? <ul><li>A wiki is a website.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A space on the web with a web address </li></ul>...
But It’s  More  Than a Website! <ul><li>Looks like a website -  </li></ul>
But it’s Easier! <ul><ul><li>To edit, use icons,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>just like in word-processing </li></ul></ul><...
More Accessible! <ul><li>Wiki Applications provide the web address – no web domains needed </li></ul>
Free or Inexpensive! <ul><li>My two favorite wiki applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(there are many) </li></ul></ul><ul><...
The Really Big Difference …  <ul><li>More than one person can edit! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the settings for your wiki yo...
Online Explanations http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english
Choices, Choices, Choices … <ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>PBWiki </li></ul>
Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com/site/pricing
Wikispaces for K – 12 http://www.wikispaces.com/help+Teachers
Peanut Butter Wiki http://pbwiki.com/business.wiki
PBwikis for Education http://pbwiki.com/education.wiki   <ul><li>Premium PBwikis get advanced access controls, which let y...
Learning Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com/site/   tour#introduction
Learning PBwiki http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A204JcGQiY0
Advice on Wikis for Teachers http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Articles+and+Resources
Advice on Wikis for Educators http://pbwiki.com/education.wiki#Doyouprovideeducatorspecificmaterials
Wikis are Teaching & Learning Tools <ul><li>Choose which kind of wiki you want and  start playing! </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis...
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  1. 1. Why Use a Wiki? Joan Vinall-Cox, Ph.D.
  2. 2. First, What’s a Wiki? <ul><li>A wiki is a website. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A space on the web with a web address </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. But It’s More Than a Website! <ul><li>Looks like a website - </li></ul>
  4. 4. But it’s Easier! <ul><ul><li>To edit, use icons, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>just like in word-processing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No technical expertise or HTML knowhow needed </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. More Accessible! <ul><li>Wiki Applications provide the web address – no web domains needed </li></ul>
  6. 6. Free or Inexpensive! <ul><li>My two favorite wiki applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(there are many) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are Free! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you accept the advertising </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Or, (and I really like this) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are a teacher </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Really Big Difference … <ul><li>More than one person can edit! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the settings for your wiki you can define </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who can see it! </li></ul><ul><li>Who can edit it! </li></ul><ul><li>It is a superb collaborating tool! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Online Explanations http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english
  9. 9. Choices, Choices, Choices … <ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>PBWiki </li></ul>
  10. 10. Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com/site/pricing
  11. 11. Wikispaces for K – 12 http://www.wikispaces.com/help+Teachers
  12. 12. Peanut Butter Wiki http://pbwiki.com/business.wiki
  13. 13. PBwikis for Education http://pbwiki.com/education.wiki <ul><li>Premium PBwikis get advanced access controls, which let you grant certain people editing privileges, while others are limited to reading. Premium plans start at $9.95/month. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Learning Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com/site/ tour#introduction
  15. 15. Learning PBwiki http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A204JcGQiY0
  16. 16. Advice on Wikis for Teachers http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Articles+and+Resources
  17. 17. Advice on Wikis for Educators http://pbwiki.com/education.wiki#Doyouprovideeducatorspecificmaterials
  18. 18. Wikis are Teaching & Learning Tools <ul><li>Choose which kind of wiki you want and start playing! </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis have a built-in safety net </li></ul><ul><li>If there’s a problem, you can easily revert to a previous page or edit </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be surprised if your students come up with new and helpful uses! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Thanks for Your Time

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