Introduction to wikis from Howard Rheingold's Social Media Co-Lab

I'm not sure what to do with a wiki

What you might use a wiki for in school (modified from Webtools4U2Use)

  • Publish policies and procedures
  • Publish slideshows and photos
  • Publicize special events
  • Share meeting minutes
  • Collaborate with teachers to provide subject-based resources
  • Communicate with parents
  • Collaborate with teachers in other schools
  • Share ideas and resources with colleagues
  • Locate information on a topic, edit, or add to existing information
  • Publish information as a follow-up to staff development
  • Provide a forum for student comments
  • Post book or film reviews
  • Post assignments and collect student work
  • Collaborate with colleagues to brainstorm units or ideas
  • Plan and provide an online meeting place
  • Link to or embed videos, slideshows, book and film trailers
  • Set up class projects
  • Provide guidelines and rubrics
  • Serve as an electronic handout for classes and workshops)
  • Provide professional development
  • Promote and provide online book clubs
  • Enhance class discussions
  • Provide annotated lists, links, resources
  • Make student work public
  • Provide an interactive school calendar for the school community
  • Provide a vehicle for an online professional portfolio
  • Collaborate on an article or manual
  • Collaboratively plan a conference or event
  • Launch surveys and opinion polls
  • Provide a page of frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • Launch slideshows and presentations from classes, students, teachers
  • Create pages for parents
  • Teach students about wikis, web publishing, page design, etc.
  • Create templates for projects and reports - individual and/or group

Of course, the most famous wiki is Wikipedia

Here is a list of different versions on the same theme:

This is what I've used wikis for so far

´╗┐So far I've used wikis as a resource supporting a subject area, class or unit of work. Here are some of my wikis, all in different stages of development. A wiki is an ongoing thing, and I update it when there's a need or as I find relevant resources.

Art wiki

English wiki

Maths wiki

Year 12 Literature wiki

Examples of brilliant wikis

You can browse the links on the wiki or request to join in order to contribute.

New tools Joyce Valenza and David Warlick's amazing wiki of Web 2.0 tools
Classroom 2.0 Open to educators and anyone interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in the education
Cool tools for schools
Cogdogroo Alan Levine's presentations in Australia 2007
Educational Origami Everything you wanted to know about Blooms
Jenny Luca Australian educator supporting the use of Web 2.0 technologies and networked learning and teaching.
Voicethread 4 Education resources to support the use of Voicethread in education

How-to use a wiki - instructions
50 ways to use wikis for a more collaborative and interactive classroom