For Educators: Q&A on PBwiki

10 Jan

Here’s a special 2-page PDF that answers basic questions about PBwiki, specifically for educators. Some questions answered:

  • What’s the difference between a wiki and a blog?
  • Who controls the content?
  • Is it easy to use? What about safety?
  • What are examples of successful educational wikis?

This might be perfect if your IT administrator or principal has been wondering exactly what a wiki is. Ask them to read these quick 2 pages!

Read the PDF here: Q&A about PBwiki
-Ramit

8 Responses to “For Educators: Q&A on PBwiki”

  1. Dallas Becker January 11, 2007 at 10:07 pm #

    I am a teacher setting up this wiki to allow a school in Germany and a school in France to collaborate with us on a group project. I set up a page for each student and we are in the ‘getting to know each other’ phase. Is there a way to do threaded communication within my wiki or should I set up a separate blog?

  2. Audie January 24, 2007 at 11:05 pm #

    The post says: “Some questions answered: What’s the difference between a wiki and a blog?” And yet, if you follow the link to the pdf file, that question is neither asked nor answered.

    But I’d like to know the answer.

    Thank you.

    audie

  3. John February 14, 2007 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi Andie,
    Here is a website link explaining the difference between a Wiki and Blog.

    http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/faq/faq.php?id=235

    A blog is an online journal that allows the owner to post entries that are generally displayed in reverse chronological order. Many blogs allow readers to comment on these posts.

    A wiki is a type of website that allows multiple users to collaboratively create and edit pages.

  4. John February 14, 2007 at 7:04 pm #

    A blog is an online journal that allows the owner to post entries that are generally displayed in reverse chronological order. Many blogs allow readers to comment on these posts.

    A wiki is a type of website that allows multiple users to collaboratively create and edit pages.

  5. Gladys February 20, 2007 at 3:15 am #

    For threaded communication, the ideal tool is a forum.

    Blogs are excellent tools for self-expression. If you want your students to convey their feelings and opinions, use a blog! (try this link for a brief intro into possible uses of a blog:

    http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/learning.now/2006/05/what_exactly_is_a_blog_anyway.html)

    Wikis, on the other hand, are excellent tools for collaboration. If you want a group to work together (e.g. group writing), use a wiki!

    Hope that helps! Write me if you’d like some references on how to use wikis with your classes!

  6. Joan Michaels Paque March 15, 2007 at 6:34 am #

    The answers provided in the previous responses
    were very helpful. Thanks

    JMP Atelier
    http://www.joanmichaels.paque.com

  7. David April 23, 2007 at 4:58 am #

    This is all looking very authentic and like a good initiative. What about creating a wordpress blog, which has pages btw. If you create a wiki-user that has a privilege level lower than all blog users, everyone can modify the wiki-user posts. If you want your post – or PAGE – to be collaborative, updatable, etc … like a wiki, then just login as wiki-user and viola!

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