Wikis in the Classroom
Introduction to Topic:
What is a Wiki?
A website that allows collaborative editing of
its content and structure by its users
Use of the word “wiki” over time.
Creating the Wiki:
➢ “WikiWikiWeb,” 1994, 1995 -- Ward
➢ c2.com, first true wiki
➢ “Wiki Wiki Shuttle” at Hawaii airport
○ “Wiki” = Hawaiian for “quick”
Top 10 Wiki Sites
4. Zoho Wiki
Why We Distrust(ed) Them:
The Teenage Years
➢Unreliable -- anyone can edit them
○ EX: Wikipedia
➢Problem areas (Denning, et al 2005)
Why We CAN Trust Them:
➢Fairly strictly monitored
➢Most wikis will tell you when a text was last
○ Blocks outside users
➢ Most popular Wiki
➢ Most often used for quick facts
➢ Not recommended for research.
As a Think Tank...in class
o Page per student
o Utilize discussion tab
Quiet students become vocal and gather
In this wiki each student has his/her website,
allowing him/her to post to that page.
As a Website
Wikis = Free $$
Similar to blogs, but provide a more efficient way to
o See a blog example here.
Easy to update
Store and organize information easily
Collaboration tool with other people on projects
o See a wiki example here.
“The Teachers’ Guide to Wikipedia in the Classroom.” Teach Thought. 9 Oct.
2013. Nov. 2013. http://www.teachthought.com/technology/teachers-guide-wikipedia-classroom/
“Can You Ever Trust a Wiki? ImpactingPerceived Trustworthiness in
Wikipedia” 12 Nov. 2008. Web.