Wiki definition and philosophy

What is a wiki?
A website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change available content.

Wikis in plain English
http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=51aeb480ecbd988cd8cc




Philosophy of Wikis (taken from various sites including wikispaces.com and Teacher Hacks)
- The process is the product.
- Meaning is developed and guided out of the social interactions at the point where text is created.
- One of the most obvious benefits of using a wiki is the ability to offer a quick way to collaborate textually, while creating a content rich
website.
- Where the knowledge of the group is greater than an individual, and the end product is the result of the group’s interactions.



Why wikis in the classroom?

Increased student engagement, creativity, collaboration, metacognition, interpersonal skills (from Teachers First)
Check out this Teachers First site to see some great reasons for using wikis in the classroom.
http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/whywiki.cfm