Why use Wikis?
  • It is a successful yet simple way to communicate common interests and needs to others.
  • It can make the creation of documents and collaboration projects much easier to complete without having to meet face-to-face.
  • Wiki's are relatively easy to use: Edit/Change/Save/Instant Publishing!
  • There are many wiki sites available to help someone get started: WIKISPACES PBWIKI SEEDWIKI.
  • There are spaces for students to create products individually, in small groups, or whole group.
  • Ability to create a nonlinear document structure using hyperlinks.
  • Built in mechanism for reflection and metacognition (Discussion boards).
  • There's a means for tracking individual, small group, and whole group progress throughout an assignment.

How and why should teachers use Wikis? Research has determined that the more autonomy teachers give to students in terms of negotiating the scope and quality of the content in environments like blogs and wikis, the greater the results!
  • Can be used in any number of ways. Really you are only limited by your own creativity.
  • Teachers can strengthen students' writing skills by teaching them how to negotiate, communicate and respect each other's work through the use of a wiki.
  • It allows students to participate with less anxiety, interruptions and in a more thoughtful way.
  • Knowing that other people will be reading their work can motivate them to be better writers.
  • Parents can be the fly on the wall, or even participate if they have an interest or expertise.
  • Wikis can teach students a lot about how to work with others, create a community and operate in a world where the creation of knowledge and information is increasingly becoming a group effort.
Concerns
  • Security and control
  • Can maintain both by using passwords
  • Give passwords only to those who can contribute
  • Site can be shared with just the school community and not the public
  • The wiki is an extension of the classroom
  • Do not have students use their full names