The web has transformed into a workspace that puts new meaning--and depth--into the collaborative process. How familiar are you with wikis, blogs, groups, online word processors?

Wikis--online multi-authoring environment

A wiki (IPA: [ˈwɪ.kiː] <WICK-ee> or [ˈwiː.kiː] <WEE-kee>[1]) is a type of website that allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit and change some available content, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring. (from Wikipedia,, accessed 8/3/06). The term is taken from the Hawaiian and means quick or fast.

Teachers can review individual student contributions to wikis by examining the history. This takes the mystery out of group projects when the teacher might wonder if everyone is pulling his or her weight.

Wiki Ideas

A collection of resources
Book reviews
In-depth look at a topic
A staff intranet
Staff development delivery
Conference Notes
Project teamwork

Check out these links from Gail Junion-Metz (School Library Journal, November 2005, p.28):
High School Online Collaborative Writing

The Teachers Lounge Wiki

Wiki Bibliography

UC Davis Campus Wiki

Suggestions from Will Richardson (Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, 2006):

Planet Math

Wiki Books

Other ideas:
Choosing Your Own Wiki Adventure (podcast)
Teaching Hacks Wiki
Wiki in a K-12 Classroom

Want to try one?


"Search vs. Research: Or, the Fear of the Wikipedia Overcome by New Understanding for a Digital Era" by Marc Prensky
Wikipedia Movie