Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Interesting Wiki Examples

The premier example of wiki power is wikipedia.org, a world class encyclopedia. In June 28 around 640,000 articles had been created over 4.5 years, as compared with some 70,000 to 100,000 articles in major commercial encyclopedias. By March 3, 2006, half year later, the 1 million article goal had been reached.

Other interesting wikis are emerging in many areas, but many wikis are not yet well established, with significant portions of them incomplete, trivial or lacking in useful information. Here are some of the more substantial wikis:

Education: Adult Literacy Education
Reading/Writing: WikiBooks ; WikiNews ; English 242 Romantic Writing Project
Science: species.wikipedia.org; ChemWiki
Mathematics: JReality-wiki
Multimedia: WikiCommons

Merely visiting and reading a Wiki misses what makes them unique. To understand their power you must edit them. Wiki's are not designed as a spectator sport. Don't be a couch potato; play the game. In Wikipedia.org, visit the sandbox, a special set of pages with tutorials that teach and encourage editing in Wikipedia. There are numerous similarities between wikis yet editing procedures may not be exactly the same as one moves from one wiki to the next. Look for the help features in each wiki to review basic edit procedures.

Comments with rationale about the value of other wikis are encouraged.


Blogger Marsha Monroe said...

I love the idea of the wikibooks that are just left open and anyone can edit or add to them. I looked especially at the cookbooks and jokebooks. I think that is really a neat idea. But I wonder if there is ever a problem of someone maliciously editing these books?

9:06 PM  
Blogger Greg Franklin said...

I agree with Marsha. I can't help but think of the many collaborative ways in which wikibooks could be used with students. At the same time, I am sure that there are people who gain great joy from maliciously editing such online resources. I guess you would have to limit access for your students through a password.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Heather Hyatt said...

The whole idea of Wikijunior is great (I found this in the wikibooks). I noticed one on the solar system which is something that I teach in the third grade. Reading and posting to this site would be a great way for my students to learn and teach others at the same time.

8:22 PM  

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