Christopher Craft – http://www.christophercraft.com

What is a wiki?

  • Hawaii’an word for “Quick-Quick” or “Fast-Fast.”
  • A website that anyone can edit. i.e. Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.org)
  • Information can be re-written – dynamically and fluidly

What do you do with a wiki?

Possible Wiki Software –

  • Wetpaint (http://www.wetpaint.com) – unfortunately the Google Ads are a downside… very flashy and responsive… can be tough to navigate… toolbar is akward – where are you editing? You can set options to allow sign-in for editing and moderation and comments… setup is not conducive for the education setting.
  • PBWiki (http://www.pbwiki.com) – WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editing… emoticons are an option in the editor… no ads for educator use? Password for use can be annoying – challenging in the classroom setting with students that cannot remember passwords…
  • Wikispaces (http://www.wikispaces.com) – easy signup… can be made private or public… wikispaces are not pleasant to the eye in the beginning – they have to be cleaned up using HTML… very articulated goal of reaching out to educators… embedding features into wikispaces are tremendous – podcasts, video, etc. – frustrations include the formatting and editing of the content, specifically centering and such… you can create our own template to embed your podcasts -or- click on the “tv” button that embeds media, copy and paste it in… track usage worldwide by going to ClustrMaps (http://www.clustrmaps.com)… tables do not work very well… you can get an email sent to you when content is changed in single pages or site-wide… you can lock down single pages, toolbars, and/or the entire site… set permissions and invite users – make it a walled garden or open range…
  • BitWeaver (http://www.bitweaver.org) codes HTML and can be useful in a large district setting…

Wikimatrix (http://www.wikimatrix.com) is great finding the best solution for wikis…

Your wiki will probably get vandalized, or a student may delete it – purposefully or accidentilly… By tracking the changes, you can get back to the previous settings…

Lock down homepage and navigation menu…  

Creative Commons (http://www.creativecommons.org) or GNU (http://www.gnu.org) – relates directly to wikis – once it is posted it is free and open…

Important Note! – only one person can edit the wiki at a time…

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