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Page history last edited by Lisa Holton 10 years, 8 months ago


So you're on a Wiki right now, and you've used Wikipedia but still not quite sure what in the world "Wiki" means? You're in the right place. Wiki's are pretty amazing and have TONS of educational uses. 


What is a Wiki?  A wiki is basically a website constantly under construction. People can stop by and see the site like any other website but it doesn't stop there. Anyone (you allow) can add, change, and contribute to the site. Any visitor can become a participant! It is very user friendly and AWESOME for collaborative projects.


So Wikipedia isn't an encyclopedia?! Yes and No. Wikipedia is written by thousands of people. Anyone can add to a wikipedia article. There are people who are responsible for approving the additions to the pages. Wikipedia is an ever changing source of information about formal topics as well as pop culture and people. It is very powerful but should be double checked with other sources before using it for strict research.


Why "wiki?" The word "wiki" comes from Hawaiian language, meaning "quick" or "fast."


This looks scary, is it worth it? Wikis are user friendly, and they are really useful tools in the classroom. Students can have their own pages, create character pages for a text you're work on, record scientific data, offer reports, prepare for persuasive pieces, collaborate together, and build something together.


How to build a wiki: (Video Below with these steps)

Step 1: Get a free wiki page (and URL address) by going to the PB Works page and completing the information

Step 2: Start to Build and edit your page by clicking "EDIT" in the upper left corner of any page you're on.

Step 3: Always SAVE your work

Step 4: Add new pages (click 'add new page' on the right side of any saved page)

Step 5: Add a quick link to your new pages by editing the "side bar"--click "Edit side bar" type in the name of a link, highlight the words, and link them (globe picture) to the new page you've created)

Step 6: Invite users to edit the page (students or co workers)

You're Wiki-ing!


Keep playing with the tools and the structure. You can't mess things up too much, so go ahead and play around. Want to see what's been happening on the page? Look at the 'recent activity' in the lower right corner. You can see who has been on, what they've been doing and when they did it (great for teachers looking to give credit for certain activity)




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