What is a Wiki?


American Heritage dictionary defines a wiki as a "collaborative website whose content can be edited by anyone who has access to it." The name comes from the Hawaiian word wiki-wiki which means "quick." Think of a wiki as a CMS Pages site that anyone can edit. Wikis are being used in education as collaboration tools, where teachers and students can post questions and answers in real-time. Rather than a static webpage that only a few people can edit, wikis draw on the common knowledge of many people to provide the best information available. Users can edit the site to add information at any time, both to provide more worth to the site as well as correct mistakes.



Additional Information about Wikis

TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through - From TeachersFirst.com. This is a comprehensive tutorial for teachers about wikis.
Wiknuffke - This wiki is a great example of a science teacher's wikispace and an excellent site for mining resources. You will have to check this site from a non-CMS computer as Websense currently blocks access to this wiki.
GoAPES Wikispace - This is a great example of an AP Environmental wikispace. You will have to check this site from a non-CMS computer as Websense currently blocks access to this wiki.