Why Wiki?

“When students write a paper, they're usually only writing for their teacher. When they know their peers will read what they write, students care and they try harder.”

Mike Lawrence
Executive Director, CUE

Powerful Collaboration Features

Let multiple people collaborate on the same page. No need to send documents around and wait for comments -- your pages and documents can be centralized on the wiki for as many editors as you grant access to.

Share documents, videos, spreadsheets, Powerpoints, or any kind of document imaginable -- right on your wiki. Your wiki allows you to take the knowledge from others' inbox and put it on your wiki.

wiki notifies you of every edit so you can monitor changes and engage when you need to. Notifications by RSS and email allow you to keep up to date, automatically.

Uses of Wikis in Education


Without knowing any HTML, wikis allow students and teachers to create web pages. These pages can be edited anywhere and, if you choose, by anyone. A wiki allows for world wide collaboration.

You can use wikis for:
  • Class Notes
  • Parental / Student Communication
  • Lesson Summaries
  • Handouts
  • Course Syllabus
  • Course Links and Resource Notes
  • School or class calendar
  • Collaboration of Notes
  • Concept Introduction and Exploratory Projects
  • Dissemination of Important Classroom Learning Beyond the Classroom
  • Teacher Information Page
  • Student written books
  • School Newspaper
  • Showcase for student projects
  • Platform for peer review of student work

What Wikis Do for Students


Wikis allow your students to collaborate. Group work can be compiled on the same wiki page. Students can even work together to write the textbook. Students like using wikis because they can work on them 24/7 without the hassle of finding a common meeting time and place.

What Wikis Do for Teachers and Administrators


  • Build learning communities
  • Extend professional development workshops
  • Provide a storage space for curriculum resources, lesson plans, course materials, tech support tips, and more
  • Build home-school communications
  • Publish web pages (quickly and easily)

Curriculum Wikis


These are wikis that include curriculum resources that are freely shareable:

Project WIKIS


Lesson Plans & Ideas


Click here to add or link to lesson plans or ideas for the use of this technology in the classroom.

Active Discussion Page


Please click here for a discussion page on this technology.

Specific Program Links


  • Wikimatrix Wiki engines compared
  • Wiki farms List @ wikipedia – “A ‘wiki farm’ is a server or a collection of servers that provides wiki hosting, or a group of wikis hosted on such servers. The following tables compare general information for a number of wiki farms."
  • PMwiki Simple to install wiki software, requires PHP 4.1 or later
  • PBwiki Hosted wiki ad-free for educators.
  • Wikispaces Hosted wikis ad-free for educators (this site is a Wikispaces wiki)
  • DokuWiki DokuWiki is simple to install and use. It works on plain texts files and thus needs no database.
  • Zoho Wiki
  • Wetpaint Really useful for class work with students. Apply for free ads.
  • Jotspot - newly acquired by Google which is causing delays for new user registration
  • wikieducator The WikiEducator is an evolving community intended for the collaborative: (a) planning of education projects linked with the development of free content; (b) development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning; (c) work on building open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs.


Blog Resources




Classroom Wikis to Check Out


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Podcasts Resources



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Books


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Videos


  • PBwiki Educator Videos
  • YOU TUBE: Wikis in Plain English
    Wiki web sites are easy to use, but hard to describe. The video use the analogy of planning a camping trip to show how easy fully collborative Web publishing really is. And, moreover, shows that it's publishing with a purpose.
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Other Community Sites

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