Wiki’s
Although the word WIKI sounds like a move you should be doing on a dance floor, the Hawaiian word for “fast” does have to do with a Web 2.0 tool. According to the most famous Wiki, Wikipedia, a wiki “is a website that allows the easy[1] creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser”. A Wiki can be simple, one page by one author or very complex, such as the online collaborative encyclopedia site Wikipedia, which is constantly updated by thousands of users every day.
Watch this common Craft video about the use of Wiki’s


A Few Key Wiki Features (taken from the website K12 learning)
· Every version of every page is saved in the page History (anytime a user clicks Save), so it's easy to track changes and compare page versions. You can easily revert to an "old" page version if information is accidentally lost or changed in an unwanted way.
· The History stores user information along with page revisions, which allows you to easily track and evaluate user (read: student) contributions.
· A wiki's "permissions" may be set to Public, Protected or Private. Public - Anyone can view and edit the pages; Protected - Anyone can view the pages, but only approved members may edit pages; Private - Only approved members (who are logged in) can view or edit the pages.
· A wiki site includes the ability to track page changes via email or an RSS feed. That's how Wikipedia vandalism/errors are corrected so quickly!
· Most wikis include a Discussion feature for each page, allowing users to leave comments or discuss page contents.
· Wikis use a very simple coding language called "Wikitext" or "Wiki Markup" to format the text, links and other content on the pages. Most users don't need to know about that, because they can use the Visual Editor (looks a bit like the formatting toolbar in Word) to format their pages.
So what can we do with a Wiki in education?? LOTS.
Check out this video about using Wiki’s in education:

Now check out at least two or three of the educational Wiki’s listed below.
Go West: http://gowest.wikispaces.com/ a third grade class explores westward expansion
Kindergarten Counting Book: http://kcountingbook.wetpaint.com/ a kindergarten class counts to 100
Kubler Reading: http://kublerreading.wikispaces.com/ A fourth grade class reflects on reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
Schools in the past http://schoolsthen.wikispaces.com/ First grade students interview parents, grandparents and friends on what school was like when they were young.
2nd Grade Class Wiki: http://mrsibrahim.wikispaces.com/ A 2nd grade classroom wiki
Art4Cast: http://art4cast.wikispaces.com/ a Wiki by an art teacher in Utah
Summer Reading Wiki: http://bhms-summer-read.wikispaces.com/

Assignment #4:
Read this post from teacher Vicki Davis about her first experience with using Wiki’s in the classroom.
http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2005/12/wiki-wiki-teaching-art-of-using-wiki.html
Write a blog post about the educational Wiki’s that you checked out. What did you like? What did you think was missing? Do you think you could use a Wiki in your classroom?
Make sure that you are checking in on your Google reader and checking out the latest posts.
Assignment #4B
Play in the Wiki sandbox! The best way to learn is to DO. I have set up a wiki sandbox for all of us to “play” in. Follow this link to the sandbox and the rest of assignment 4B.