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USB Drawing & Wikis

John Webster at DHS is the winner of the latest USB flash drive drawing. The question was what is wiki in technology terms . . . there were a few acceptable answers:

  1. What I Know Is–because Wikis let you show what you know.
  2. “Quick” in Hawaiian–because using a Wiki is a quick way to collaborate and create with others.
  3. “A collaborative website whose content can be edited by anyone who has access” (or similar answers)

Wikipedia is the best known Wiki, and everything that makes that source questionable for research, makes it a great tool for education. Teachers and students may see each edit and change . . . great accountability and if something goes wrong, you can go back in time to access your information the way you liked it. Groups in the Wiki may add to and edit pages.

For teachers, the best bet for Wikis is Wikispaces. For free, teachers may set up closed and password-protected spaces for collaborating with students and groups. There’s no advertising and the software is easy to use.

Wikis also offer the opportunity to discuss the work being done. Want to see an example?

Here’s a wiki being used by 3rd graders as a guide to their school.

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