Think of a wiki as a website with a collection of pages that any of the wiki members can edit; each change is recorded, with every version saved so that if a mistake is made, you can just revert back to a previous version. It is possible to see which users made any changes. Common Craft have a video explaining the idea of a wiki. It is possible to lock individual pages so that members cannot edit them.
This Teach Web 2.0 wiki is’ a collaborative resource by a group of teachers from around the world and includes pages on a variety of Web 2.0 tools. (Note this is a Wikispaces wiki – see further information below).
Interesting Ways to use a Wiki in the Classroom from Tom Barrett’s Interesting Ways series – many suggestions by teachers. (Note that you may need to be logged in to your Google account to see this.)
Wikis – Introduction and Applications
Wikis in Class
Best Practices for your classroom wiki from PBWorks
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Periodic Table Wiki
50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom (Smart Teaching.org)
One possible application of a Wiki is for a set of student journals, each student can have a page or pages each where they can write freely on their learning. Year 7 students on journals online.
You will need to set up an account, (select ‘Sign up and start your wiki) – it is possible to do this and set up your first wiki at the same time. Choose the correct wiki type to make sure you have a private, free wiki and remember to tick the box to certify the wiki is for educational use.
Students find the features of these wikis easy to learn and use.
Students of any age can use a wiki as teachers can use the User Creator tool to add students without email addresses.
Wikispaces offer many help pages and tutorials. See also Mark Wagner’s wiki on wiki training.