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Introduction to Wikis

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Introduction to Wikis


What's a Wiki?


Wikis in Plain English 

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Wikipedia Definition of a Wiki


A wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language.[1][2] Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is one of the best-known wikis.[2] Wikis are used in business to provide intranets and Knowledge Management systems. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".[3]



"Wiki Wiki" (/wiːkiː wiːkiː/) is a reduplication of "wiki", a Hawaiian word for "fast". It has been suggested that "wiki" means "What I Know Is". However, this is a backronym.



Wikipedia as an example of a Wiki


Why wiki?


  • collaborate
  • organize
  • share


Educational Wikis

(a terrific wiki about wikis and how to use them in education)


Wiki Examples




Wiki Options

Tutorial for Creating a PBWiki




Tutorials for Creating Wikis in PBWiki and Wikispaces (part of a huge collection of helpful resources)





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