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A wiki is a website that allows members to easily edit and contribute content. Wikispaces is a tool I’m wild about for collaborative learning for some good reasons.
Wikis are virtual classrooms for the 21st Century Learner
Members of a wikis spend time reading, writing, editing and publishing their work and the work others from locations near and far. Students enjoy writing and creating for an audience and a wiki offers an exciting way for them to become engaged in real world learning.
Wikis widgets provide opportunities to support all learners
A simple widget lets you embed an abundance of Web 2.0 tools into any page in order to provide students with multiple and flexible means of becoming engaged in learning. This means a wiki can be a tool used to support RtI and Universal Design for Learning.
Templates provide consistent formatting options
Wants students to have a starting point for a project with prompts, directions and formatting? Want your colleagues to provide standard information on a wiki page? Good news! You can save time and provide a consistent page format for contributors by creating templates. A wiki template is like a virtual copy machine.
No email account for students is required
Free upgrades to K-12 educator accounts are ad free and they provide the opportunity for teachers to add users, which means students do not need an email account to fully contribute.
View my glog of wiki projects to see examples of some of the fabulous ways teachers in D97 are using wikis.