Wikis in Education

On this page you will find links to educational wikis as well as links to articles on using wikis in the classroom. Feel free to add to our list of articles and sample wikis.

Sample Educational Wikis

Listed below are links to educational wikis created by teachers and students (in Waltham and beyond).

WHS Wikis

WHS Library - Wiki as a Webpage

Waltham Professional Collaboration Wikis

Other EDU Wikis

Wikis can be used for:

(the information below is from TechTWaddle)

(the informatiuon below is from Science of Spectroscopy)
  • Project development with peer review A wiki makes it easy for students to write, revise and submit an assignment, since all three activities can take place in the wiki. A student can be given a wiki page to develop a term paper, and might start by tracking their background research. This allows the teacher, and peers, to see what they are using, help them if they are off track, suggest other resources, or even get ideas based on what others find useful. Next, the student can draft the paper in the wiki, taking advantage of the wiki’s automatic revision history that saves a before & after version of the document each time s/he makes changes. This allows the teacher and peers to see the evolution of the paper over time, and continually comment on it, rather than offering comments only on the final draft. When the student completes the final draft, the teacher and peers can read it on the wiki, and offer feedback.
  • Group authoring Often groups collaborate on a document by pushing it out to each member – e-mailing a file that each person edits on his or her computer, and some attempt is made to coordinate the edits so everyone’s work is equally represented. But what happens when two people think of the same idea and include it in different ways in their respective copies of the file, or when one group member misses an agreed upon time to finish their changes and pass on the file to the next member? Who decides what to do? Using a wiki pulls the group members together to build and edit the document on a wiki page, which strengthens the community within the group, allows group members with overlapping or similar ideas to see and collaboratively build on each other’s work. It also allows all group members immediate, equal access to the most recent version of the document.
  • Track a group projectConsidering students’ busy schedules, a wiki is very useful for tracking and completing group projects. It allows group members to track their research and ideas from anywhere they have Internet access, helps them save time by seeing what sources others have already checked, then gives them a central place to collectively prepare the final product, i.e. write and edit a group paper or prepare the content of a powerpoint or keynote presentation.
    • One way to do this is to give each group a wiki page in which to write the paper itself, and give each member of the group a separate page to track his/her research and ideas for the paper. The paper page lets you see how the group is working collaboratively to construct the paper, and the individual pages let you track how each group member is developing his/her contribution to the paper, and gives you a place to leave feedback and suggestions for each student. If you use the individual pages this way, you may want to restrict view access for each student’s indvidual page to only you and that student.
  • Data Collection Because of its ease of editing, a wiki can be very useful for collecting data from a group of students. See "Introduction to Sleep" and "Personality and Clinical Assessment" in the Courses using Wiki section below for examples of data collection. The wiki best suited for this right now is JotSpot, which has a data collection tool you can install with just a few clicks. Note: JotSpot has been acquired by Google. Click here to be notified once it is up and running.

Links to articles on using Wikis in the classroom.

I. Educators Experiment With Student Written Wikis


"The article reports that at the Neighborhood School, a public elementary school in New York City's East Village, students are creating and editing an online encyclopedia on pop-culture topics such as anime and X-Men. Students at East Side Community High School a few miles away have written and shared their own versions of "Macbeth" and discussed them online. And at Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, teachers can brainstorm and post their meeting notes on a Web site that allows instant access to revision and feedback."

Borja, R. (2006). Educators experiment with students-written wikis. Education Week, 25(30). Retrieved April 5th, 2007, from Academic Search Premier database.

II. Wikis and Literacy Development


"The article discusses the link between the wikipedia and literacy development. The value of using public wikis to forge literacy links between the school library and the classroom is largely determined by the wiki's readability, the school's accessibility to the Internet, the objectives of the teacher-librarian and classroom teacher, and the students' ability to evaluate the authenticity and credibility of wiki information."

McPherson, K. (2006). Wikis and literacy development. Teacher Librarian, 34(1). Retrieved April 5th, 2007, from Academic Search Premier database.

III. Romantic Poetry Meets 21st-Century Technology


"The article focuses on ways in which educational technology helped college teacher Mark Phillipson. Phillipson held a few part-time jobs with Silicon Valley start-ups before he became a visiting assistant professor of English at Bowdoin College. But it was dumb luck, not technological savvy, that put him on the cutting edge of a blossoming classroom-technology trend. When he asked students to build Web sites about literary themes and traditions, Phillipson said, he learned that he had to waste time teaching them HTML. When Phillipson told students in his Romantic poetry course that they would be putting together a public wiki, called the Romantic Audience Project, the response was surprisingly skeptical."

Read, B. (2005). Romantic poetry meets 21st-century technology. Chronicle of Higher Education, 51(45). Retrieved April 5th, 2007, from Academic Search Premier database.

Links to related articles

I. Technology Literacy & the MySpace Generation

McLester, Susan. (2007). Technology Literacy and the MySpace Generation. Technology & Learning, 27(8). Retrieved April 6th, 2007, from

II. The Blogvangelist


"The article presents information on Will Richardson, a high school English teacher turned education-technology consultant. He believes that online Internet tools including Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts can change one's life. He commented on the uses and effects of Internet tools for educators and education. Richardson offers some tips for the educators on using online web tools."

McCloskey, P. J., (2006). The blogvangelist. Teacher Magazine, 18(2). Retrieved April 5th, 2007, from Academic Search Premier database.