This wiki site is intended to act as both a guide and a model in developing content area classroom wikis. Building a wiki may seem like a daunting task, but it really is pretty easy, especially with support. For the most part, text or words are entered into a wiki just like entering text into a word document. Along the way, there are some tricks to jazz things up! But no worries, this site is constructed to take you through the process from beginning to end. And in the spirit of educators, we'll all learn some new things along the way!


Below are posted some general questions about the wiki. Post questions you have had with their answer or questions you continue to have about the wiki and perhaps someone else will answer. If you have questions that are not answered here, go to the Help site on Wikispaces. As with everything in life, there is more than one way to get there, to help, I mean. Either click on the colored link in the last sentence or go to the Help link at the top of this page in the upper right hand corner.

Q: What is a Wiki?
A: Wikis are websites that can be viewed and authored by mutliple people. The most famous of the wikis is probably Wikipedia,the internet encyclopedia.

Q: What does “wiki” mean?
A: Wiki is the Hawaiian word for quick. "Wikiwiki" means really quick. There is no quicker way to get text online.

Q: How can I use a Wiki in the classroom?
A: Students can use their wiki sites as compilations for WebQuest research and discussions.

Q: What kind of skills do students and teachers need to begin working on a wiki?
A: Basic keyboarding skills will get them going on text for pages, after that, you can learn various technology skills as a community to continue building your classroom wiki.

Q: Is a wiki safe from the public view?
A: When you create your wiki, you have choices about visibility to the public. Your students will need a password to view the wiki.

Q: Is it true that anyone can edit or change wiki pages?
A: No, not actually. When you create your wiki pages, you, as the administrator will be able to mark how or if a page can be edited.

Q: Does it cost anything to be part of a wiki?

Collaborative Comparison

Let's explore the differences and similarities between conventional encyclopedias and Wikipedia, the online free encyclopdia. Grab a hard bound encyclopedia of your choice and look at some of the aspects or qualities that you expect to see in such a reference text. Then, go to Wikipedia and see what it offers that corresponds, even though in a different way to the conventional texts. Now, fill out five rows, comparing the two types of reference materials. You will need this information later, so look both at what you have to say and what your other learners have observed as well.

How will you type in the box? At the top of the page is a green box that says "Edit this Page." Click on that and then click on "floating toolbar," that way, you won't have to keep going back up to the top of the page to save. Or, don't click on "floating toolbar" and just scroll back down to the chart. The boxes look small now, but that's okay. They'll get wider as you type. Enter your findings and then rate which of the texts, the wiki or the hard copy, in the aspect you compared and explain your rating. Beneath the initial fourteen properties are blank boxes. There you can provide addititonal aspects of the two resources and either compare them yourself or leave them for someone else to compare.

After you finish with your entry, go to the top of the page and click Save. Wait a moment and the screen will flash back with your entry now on the page. Go ahead and scroll back down to see your work. Then, go back up to the top and click on the history tab.There you will see a record of the entry you just made. How could the history page be helpful for teachers? Go up to the Discussion Tab, click on it and respond to the posts about this very idea.