A Wiki is crowdsourcing at its best. With an easy to edit format that requires no knowledge of HTML, a classroom Wiki page allows all students the opportunity to edit, add or modify, regardless of technology skill level. In essence, students become content creators, contributing to a vast database of information. A Wiki holds many benefits for the classroom.
- Most are free
- Fosters ownership in the learning process
- Enables project collaboration
- Enables wide scale collaboration
- Edits are instantaneous
- Wikis are flexible.
Wikis have been widely used in the classroom and have taken on many different roles:
- Reference-Students can become experts in a topic by creating an online database for the class or district.
- Exchanges-Wikis can be used for cultural exchanges between classrooms on a local or global level.
- Study Guides-Allow students to create study guides for test prep.
- Portfolios-Students can create portfolios on any subject.
- Assessment– Students can demonstrate knowledge. Compose a piece that explains a process or demonstrate wiriting or grammar skills using a Wiki page.
- Collaborative authoring– Students can create collaborative classroom stories.
- Dictionary- Foster vocabulary skills by creating a classroom dictionary.
- Feedback– Allow students to peer review writing pieces.
- Book discussions– Students can reflect on favorite books and recommend books to other students.
- Classroom managment– Post homework, due dates, and classroom rules.
- Classroom memory book– Chronicle the memorable events in your classroom.