Wikis are a wonderful way:
  • To get information out (easier than a website)
  • As a portal for your lesson or project - Organize information
  • As a diving board for your instruction - Keep links and other material here at your fingertips
  • To collaborate with others
  • For collaborative research projects
  • To keep parents informed
  • To post homework -- students can get to it -- no excuse if they have a computer.
  • To showcase student work and have an authentic audience
  • To have students demonstrate what they know about an assigned topic
  • As a filing cabinet for digital materials, lecture, etc.
  • To engage students -- very motivational to publish your own work

*When creating WIKIs, DO copy/paste text into the page rather than upload a MS Word document. Everything that can be seen when arriving at the page should be seen. Embed other items. ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE. Make navigation as simply as possible. If you have an Excel file or a PowerPoint, upload them to GoogleDocs and they will open immediately rather than downloading to an individual computer and then needing the software to open them up.

PROOFREAD everything that you do. Remember, it's up there for the world to see!

As a K-12 educator, you can get a FREE Wiki with NO advertising: Sign up here - http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers


Sites with creative ideas and help:
Wiki in a K-12 Classroom - WikED -
http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Wiki_in_a_K-12_classroom

10 Best Practices for using Wikis in the Classroom -
http://itcboisestate.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/10-best-practices-for-using-wikis-in-education/


50 Ways to Use Wikis - http://www.smartteaching.org/blog/2008/08/50-ways-to-use-wikis-for-a-more-collaborative-and-interactive-classroom/

educationalwikis - Articles and Resources - http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Articles+and+Resources
educationalwikis - Examples - http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis


Example of a teachers site: http://community.saugususd.org/dlindsay/page/

Here's a example of how
one of my students used a WIKI for a project: http://caustino12.wikispaces.com/ (Posted with permission)

If you need a slideshow to see
how this works** -- here's a good one: