Thing 8: Wikis are Fast & Quick

I attended David Warlick’s presentation at the Laptop Institute 2010 at Memphis. He is an amazing – motivational speaker like what Vicki Davis describes, in her post “Wiki Wiki Teaching- The art of using wiki pages to teach” on her blog “Cool Cat Teacher Blog“. I am sure when he spoke about wikis, Vicki Davis couldn’t wait to try this cool tool.

Three Wikis I investigated:

  • Burell 9 English
    This wiki is the first in the list which I clicked on and found a cool tool used to display three customizable flash clocks from “ClockLink.com“.
    What I have noticed: This wiki is used as a collaborative tool (exactly what it is intended for) for a “Flat Classroom” writing workshop, between students of three schools – Korea International School (KIS) in Seoul, South Korea, Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado.
  • Digital Research Tools Wiki
    This wiki is a directory of tools organized by research activity, which will help you find what you’re looking for to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts.
    What I have noticed: This wiki is created using PBworks (different look), which is another wiki platform with more web 2.0 features such as tagging (seen at the top-right of the screen), and categories (seen below the page names on the right).
  • Discovery Utopias
    This is a wiki where students answer all the questions of society. Tools used are discussions, live chat.
    What I have noticed: Table of Contents (TOC) that is used is a very good tool of the wiki.

My Wiki Experience:
I have had the chance to work with wikis some years back. Our PE Coaches here at the American School of Bombay (ASB) have used wikis as a collaborative tool between other International Schools. I have listed few wiki links that we use at ASB:

http://co-curricular-activities.asb-wiki.wikispaces.net
http://asbathletics.asb-wiki.wikispaces.net
http://msactivities.asb-wiki.wikispaces.net
http://asbactivities.asb-wiki.wikispaces.net
http://saisa-org.asb-wiki.wikispaces.net

We found wikispaces a very user-friendly service to deliver wikis.