Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Weird and Wonderful Wiki

Wiki Wiki means really quick (in Hawaiian). It is the second most popular free Web 2.0 technology for teaching. The wiki enables online collaborative writing that can be share with the world. Wikipedia, of course, is the largest and best-known wiki.

Perhaps one of the best features of the wiki is that it goes a long way toward solving the age-old group project problem! How many times have you been told that one person did all of the work on a project, or that another person did not contribute. If the work is done in a wiki, every single change is documented in the "history" view. You can tell who contributed what - who made what changes and when.

Wikis also allow for collaborations across institutions, permitting students from different classes to work together on projects.

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