Wikis in the Classroom


Teachers strive to give students the most current information available in all content areas. With technological advancements moving as fast as they are, teachers are now also striving to find the most current ways to present the information. eLearning Industry is a great starting point to get some ideas. The site starts off by giving a small introduction to what wiki is and why teachers should use it in the classroom, stating that wikis allow students to become producers, rather than just consumers, of information. Other useful tools included are some helpful videos and tips for using wikis in the classroom, along with some suggested activities. Full details about the tips and activities can be found on the website.

8 Top Tips for Using Wiki in the Classroom

  1. Set Clear Expectations
  2. Start Small Take baby steps.
  3. Ask for Help
  4. Read other Wikis
  5. Let Wiki Work for You
  6. School-wide Wikis
  7. Pinterest
  8. Collaborate

12 Top Wiki Activities for the Classroom

  1. Historical Figures
  2. Student as Editor
  3. Join the Debate Team
  4. Create a Collaborative Story
  5. Poetry Class
  6. Book and Film Reviews
  7. Word Problems
  8. Wiki Worlds
  9. Geography
  10. Fact Checking
  11. Riddles
  12. Group Assessments and Tests

The Top 3 Wiki Sites For Teachers

  1. Wikispaces.com Designed specifically for use in the classroom, wikispaces is a social writing platform that also acts as a classroom management tool by keeping teacher and students organized and on task. Not only does this site provide easy to use templates, it’s free and also has a variety of assessment tools. Teachers can also use wikispaces to create assignments and share resources.
  2. Wikidot.com At its most basic level, this website is free to users. Some of its features include easy to use website templates with unlimited pages, free web hosting and domain name, control over ads, and the chance to earn some money with ads, which can be used for the next class trip.
  3. Pbworks.com With over 300,000 education based workspaces, this wiki-like website offers educators a range of options that encourage student-centered learning. Students can build web sites or web pages that can be shared with other students and staff.

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