Louise Maine 2008 http://hurricanemaine.blogspot.com
wiki wiki in Hawaiian means "quick". A wiki is
a quick web page.
Wikipedia is the most famous example of a
wiki. What makes it different from others is its
ability to be quickly changed through open
Wikispaces is one example of a wiki. Other
wikis can be seen and compared at:
How many wiki people does it take to change a
Why use a wiki instead of a web page?
Wikis allow for open editing whereas web
pages are limited editing (specific program on
specific computer). Multiple users can edit a
Privacy levels allow control of users.
Notifications and display of all changes allow
monitoring of all edits.
Uses simple text language instead of html as in
Easy to master.
Can quickly and easily create new pages as they
Earlier versions are stored online. (web pages
write over the old version.)
Older versions can be reinstated so information
is not lost.
Creates an atmosphere of equal users and
learners through multiple authorship. More
information is learned when students are the
presenters of information. Web pages are
limited authorship and are hierarchical.
Wikis are communal in nature. Individual
owner and user for web pages.
Provides for equal user roles. (web pages may
have contributors but only one webmaster.)
Runs anywhere at anytime and anyplace.
Collaborative and transparent.
Can change groupings easily.
Group note taking.
Group and individual progress evident
Promotes sharing of learning and web
Learn web safety and privacy issues while in
Students have their own “portfolio” (personal
Creates a social network but more importantly a
small personal learning network.
Creates a community of experts who own their
own learning experiences (all members are
Wiki pages are