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What is a Wiki?

(watch this 3:52 video called 'Wiki's in Plain English):

Wiki Background

A wiki is a collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone with access to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language.[1][2] Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis.[2] Wikis are used in business to provide intranet and knowledge management systems. Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work."[3]
"Wiki" (/wiːkiː/) is a Hawaiian word for "fast".[4] "Wiki" can be expanded as "What I Know Is," but this is a backronym.[5]
(from wikipedia)

Other Resources


Link to Wiki Spaces to create your own Wiki:
http://www.wikispaces.com/

"How to" Wiki screencasts:

How to Wiki 1 (under 5 minutes):

How to Wiki 2 (under 5 minutes):


See how a university organizes a student wiki:
http://www.thestudentwiki.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

What is available at Wikipedia:
Link to Wikipedia - the online encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Free online books and manuals at Wikipedia: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page
Link to free images, sounds, videos under "common" license: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

50 Ways to Use a Wiki in the Classroom


Click on this link to get some great ideas about how you could use a Wiki for and/or with kids:
http://www.smartteaching.org/blog/2008/08/50-ways-to-use-wikis-for-a-more-collaborative-and-interactive-classroom/

or this video gives more ideas for using a Wiki in K-12 classroom:
http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Wiki_in_a_K-12_classroom

Other Resources:


Helpful background information
1. http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/sites/sites079.shtml


Additional helpful ideas
2. http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Classroom+Wikis

Great example of a "teacher web page" using a Wiki
3. http://community.saugususd.org/dlindsay/page/

Why a Wiki?:
4. http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikiideas1.cfm

Wiki student project:
5. http://blog.wikispaces.com/2008/02/a-classroom-wiki-webquest.html

Post learning logs:
6. http://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2008/06/21/a-wickedly-good-wiki-idea-class-learning-notes/
Blogs and Blogging

Educational Wikis
7. http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis

What is a Blog?


A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches (sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting), which are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging, one which consists of blogs with very short posts. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.[1] With the advent of video blogging, the word blog has taken on an even looser meaning — that of any bit of media wherein the subject expresses his opinion or simply talks about something. (from Wikipedia)


How does it differ from a Wiki?

A wiki uses a "webpage" format that anyone can edit. A blog allows users to "post" and text and can ask for responses to posts or questions.

David Warlick - the first blogger - The Landmark Project page: http://www.landmark-project.com/index.php

Blog links:

Lots of stuff! This is a teacher created site:
1. http://supportblogging.com/

Very good general information and classroom ideas:
2. http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/blog/blogideas2.cfm

3. 8th grade Blog:
http://edublogs.org/
http://lcliteratureblog.edublogs.org/