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Wikis in Education Part I: Introduction. Helena Baert. A wiki is an easy-to-use free web page that multiple people can edit. Wiki means “quick” in Hawaiian. In the classroom, a wiki is a free tool that empowers every student to participate in group projects.

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In the classroom, a wiki is a free tool that empowers every student to participate in group projects.


James has assigned a team research project.What can he do to encourage the students to work together, share resources and create high quality work?


Three great ways to communicate

with students




CreatePublishCommentConversePost IdeasRespondShareEditCollaborateEngage

WritePublish Comment


Post ideas



“It\'s so easy to create a site to help guide students along with projects. I have found that it\'s a good way to make handouts available to students - I just point them at the web address. I post links to my PBworks Rockford\'s site so that parents can access project guidelines as well.”

Justin Wylie

Rockford High School


Possibilities in Education:

Class Resources - Publish class notes, PowerPoint lectures, schedules and policies; show off examples of great student work.

Group Projects - Build collaborative pages, start discussions and encourage comments.

Parent Outreach - Keep parents involved. Post assignments, key dates and volunteer lists. All available at home, from work, or anywhere.

Student Portfolios - Give students their own page to post content, upload homework, and share their work.

Expand Horizons - Share and interact with other classrooms or groups, across town or around the world.

50 Ways to use wikis in classroom


Mary wants to be sure her students are

protected from the wider internet.

How can she make certain her online site is off limits to child predators?

How can she be sure that her students won’t be drawn onto the web?

you control who sees your wiki

You invite your students

Each student has a unique login and password

YOU control who sees your wiki

Jamie wants to make certain her students act appropriately on line.

Will her students write offensive comments?

How can she monitor her students’ activity?


PBworks is Free and Easy to set up

No IT department is needed!


Set it up and it works

just like typing in Microsoft Word


Just like creating a Word document

Just click and begin

Easily insert Images and Video


Teachers can make coursework and homework information easily available to both students and parents.

With easy-to-use plug-ins you can create a calendar.


Quickly create new pages

Templates designed with teachers in mind


For more ideas check out the PBworks educator page. You can find tips, suggestions, templates and a community of fellow teacher users.


Join the more than 400,000 teachers who have used PBworks for their classrooms, from elementary schools to Stanford and Harvard.
Educator wikis are free, fast, and ready to use.Create one now at www.pbworks.comFollow along with Part II to create your own wiki!

Parts of this presentation used with permission of PBWorks @2010