What exactly is a wiki?
We all have heard of wiki pages. The most well-known wiki page is wikipedia. But what is the definition of a wiki page?
Wiki: Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly. Wiki is unusual among group communication mechanisms in that it allows the organization of contributions to be edited in addition to the content itself. Like many simple concepts, “open editing” has some profound and subtle effects on Wiki usage. Allowing everyday users to create and edit any page in a Web site is exciting in that it encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition by nontechnical users. Historical Note. The first ever wiki site was created for the Portland Pattern Repository in 1995. That site now hosts tens of thousands of pages.
Source: Wiki / Linux Dictionary V 0.16
Author: Binh Nguyen linuxfilesystem(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au
Why should I create a Wiki for my class?
The benefits of setting up a wiki page are pretty much the same with the benefits of setting up a blog. You can see them here. The element that makes the difference is the fact that all the users of a wiki space may edit the content, add media etc if they wish.As a matter of fact, the wiki page is an interactive page where the students can place share their knowledge, thoughts and opinions. What is more, in terms of reliability, the page cannot be edited without the confirmation of the site’s creator.
How can I create my Wiki?
Creating a wiki is an easy procedure. I have created a wiki page for this blog which is still under construction. You can visit my wiki here. I would recommend this to you. The website’s url is: http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers. All you have to do is to sign up with an email address and then set the domain name and start uploading content.