What (we think) educators want from PBwiki

3 Nov

We spent the last week talking to educators from around the country who told us what they wanted from PBwiki. Each call took about 30 minutes and we tried to really understand what’s working, and what’s not. Here’s some of the feedback we got.

  • Easier templates. We have some educational templates, but you want many, many more. What about using some of our existing educational wikis to get more templates? Better yet, what if we let you submit templates to be included PBwiki-wide?
  • Better examples. We need to show how other educators are using PBwiki successfully.
  • Make it easy to share. If you’re sharing your wiki with students, that should work differently than if you’re sharing it with parents.
  • No ads. You hate them. We hear you!
  • Lots and lots of FAQs. We need to help you get started, build your wiki up, and then share best practices with other educators.
  • Easier monitoring. Who changed what on your PBwiki?
  • Easier editing. We’re already on it (see screenshots of our new PBwiki editor).

We also asked general (non-PBwiki) questions about the challenges you face as educators. One of the most common responses was “keeping my students engaged.”

We’ve taken your feedback and made some new plans for PBwiki. Stay tuned for PBwiki to be even better for your classroom. And be sure to check out our new PBwiki editor — it’s coming soon.

If you have other suggestions for what you want to see in your educational wiki, please email us!

2 Responses to “What (we think) educators want from PBwiki”

  1. Miles March 1, 2007 at 7:18 am #

    I’ve taught four graduate courses (online and onsite) in pbwiki now, and I think it’s the best wiki software for educators out there. I’d like to convince more of my colleagues to use it, but they balk at paying for the service. Is there any chance pbwiki would license the technology to universities so teachers don’t have to pay for their wikis themselves? Could there be some kind of package deal set up – $5000/year buys a university 500 wikis, or something like that? –Miles Kimball, Texas Tech

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  1. Are Wikis Overused? at Awakened Voice Blog - December 9, 2006

    [...] The wiki is a good tool for planners because it allows maximum flexibility in creating the pages you want. But for this same reason it can be a poor tool for scaling beyond the needs of a handful of users. In a recent blog post the folks at PBWiki acknowledge some of the things that educators want from the service. Most of the items in their list should apply to people running events where participants might not be veterans of wiki editing. [...]

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