What are wikis?

Wikis are collaborative "Web 2.0" (the read & write web) tools. They look and feel like a webpage, and have many of the same features. The main difference between wikis and traditional webpages is that many people can collaborate on a wiki - think Wikipedia. Here is a great video about what Wikipedia is and how it works.

Watch this short video by Common Craft to see an illustration of what wikis can do.



Who uses wikis?


How are wikis used in education?


Why use one?

  • a wiki allows you to gather resources on the fly, post them, and share with others
  • they allow you to collaborate with colleagues
  • they require no memory space to store your most needed documents and resources
  • they can be edited anytime, anywhere you have an Internet connection (no software is needed)
  • they allow you to add in "widgets" which add visual or audio impact to your work (e.g. calendars, videos, maps, etc.)
  • Things to keep in mind...
    • Take your time before rolling out your wiki
    • Have a focus (how will you use it... it may change over time)
    • Have fun and be creative with your wiki
    • Don't make your wiki into just one more task you have to do - make your wiki work for you!

What tools are available?


How can I set up a wiki

  • Today we'll focus on creating a space in Wikispaces
  • You can set up a wiki for yourself, or you can collaborate with others in the workshop to craft a topic themed wiki.
  • Think about and choose a memorable name: e.g. if it is your own personal work wiki, use your name or think of a theme named space
  • Go to Wikispaces www.wikispaces.com
  • click on Pick a Username
  • Set your password
  • enter your email address
  • type in your space name
  • click on join
  • Now click on edit and try adding some content to your page.
  • We'll explore as many of the features of wikis as possible, including:
    • fonts, font size, font colors, numbering, and bullets
    • inserting hyper links
    • uploading and inserting pictures and files
    • embedding widgets (these are the coolest!)
    • space management (look and feel, inviting membership, tracking users, reverting to older versions, etc.)
  • Or to differentiate for yourself, go to the Wikispaces tour, "WikiWhileYouWork" (created by Kristen Hoanson) or to Jim Gate's Wikipage for instructions on how to set up your own wiki.
  • Also, you can watch MrSal's video on how to build a wikispaces wiki: