What is a Wiki?
”A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and
editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web
browser using a simplified markup language or a
WYSIWYG text editor” – taken from Wikipedia
Wikis In Plain English
The first wiki was created in 1994 was called wikiwikiweb.com
Wiki wiki is the Hawaiian word for quick and their shuttle
busses on the island are called wikis
Many organizations now use wikis as an important software
tool for collaboration and coordination.
What are common examples
Wikipedia - An online encyclopedia.
Medpedia - Online medical information resource
Wikileaks - Leaked documents from
Wikinews - Collaborative current news reports.
There are many other examples, can you think of any?
Making A Wiki
Go to www.pbworks.com and create a free account
Locate the "New Page" link on the side menu on the left side of the screen.
A new page with a single text box at the top will appear. Enter the name of your new
page. Make sure that you don’t include any spaces in your title. If you need a space
between words in the title, put an underscore _ in place of a space.
When editing a Wiki open the page you wish to edit, and click on the button “Edit this
Page” at the top.
When editing only one person can edit the page at a time.
If you are familiar with word, wikis use very similar tools such as bold, underline, italics,
font size, style and color.
To add an image, while on an edit page, simply click the "insert image" link and browse
your files to find the image. After you upload image, save and test.
To add a document, while on an edit page, simply click the "Attach file" link and browse
your files to find document. After you upload, save and test.* Once you edit your page
make sure you save! Save as often as possible!
Uses for wikis in education
curriculum or helpful/useful
students and educators.
Class dictionary, timeline,
peer help/feedback, notes
Resources for students
and educators alike.
Wikis in Education
Through a search
engine or existing
wiki site, find at
least one example
of a wiki being used
in your field of
free to share what
you have found with
Get out there and Wiki!
We will be using wikis in this class regularly
and implementing the use of this technology
in the classroom is encouraged