Personal Technology Inquiry: Wikis

Presentation: October 24, 2006

Reviewer: Kate I. Reber

Q. How many Wiki people does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. One. But anyone can change it back.

Wiki in the Classroom

There are innumerable ways wikis can be used in the classroom. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Class websites
  • Groupwork
  • Peer editing
  • Publishing research & writing projects
  • Teacher collaboration
  • Community/Parent input

Wiki Benefits

  • Relatively easy to use once set up
  • Collaborative
  • Democratic
  • Constructivist
  • Authentic audience
  • Opens up the conversation
  • Free
  • Abundance of supportive resources

Wiki Drawbacks

  • Challenging to get started
  • Privacy concerns
  • Risk of copyright infringement
  • Susceptible to vandalism & corruption
  • Questions about accuracy and neutrality (Wikipedia)

Supporting Conditions

  • Teacher expertise (of varying degrees)
  • Internet access
  • Ground rules about privacy, use, and copyrighting
  • Advanced planning for resolving issues of vandalism & corruption

Additional Information and Resources

Wikis: Written Analysis
Resources: Wiki Links

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