Why use a wiki? Wikis are webpages that can be accessed and edited by many users. They provide an easy way for a group to collaborate and share information. It is easy to edit and save changes. Users can access the wiki at any time from any computer with access to the Internet. Wikis can be used for many purposes--personal, business, or educational. Wikipedia is an example of the largest wiki. Some examples of educational uses for wikis are collaboratively writing stories, plays, lists, definitions, directions, etc. An excellent introductory video that explains wikis and how powerful they can be is found at: http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english. As part of my internship this fall, I am considering setting up a wiki at my school to increase collaboration and communication between teachers. I plan to use this video to introduce the staff to wikis.
Helpful links for wikis:
Wiki Use in the Classroom This link is to a wiki about using wikis in the classroom. It has the introductory video listed above and a tremendous amount of resources--what is a wiki, how to use one, teacher and administration wiki uses, ways to use wikis with students, wikis and the curriculum, lesson plans, etc.
Wikis in the Classroom Slide Show This slideshow was created for presentation to an education class. It has 61 slides and a wealth of information about wikis.