Now you ask, what is a wikispace? According to Wikispaces, they are simple web pages that groups, friends, and families can edit together. There is also a Wikispaces for Educators http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers. Wikispaces for K-12 education use is completely free, and free of advertising. I didn’t know that when I first set up mine so I just used the regular wikispace but of course if I was going to use it with my class, I would use the one for educators.
Wetpaint also offers free wiki webpages. They have a page called Wetpaint Wikis for Education which is a place where educators come together to share tips about using wikis to enhance the learning experience. They also offer free wikipages that are ad-free. I haven’t used Wetpaint yet but I would to create another page with wetpaint so I can compare the two. I like the way wetpaint looks and for some reason it also looks easier to use.
For some reason the formatting in Wikispaces is driving me crazy and that is why you will see fonts of different sizes on my pages. Once I got the text on there and tried to format it, the size was all different and the spacing was awful between the lines. Of course I had so much information already on here, that I was too lazy to put it on wetpaint and decided I will use wetpaint at a later date. Vicki Davis (coolcatteacher) said she thinks wikispaces is more stable than wetpaint so now I don’t know what to do. If you have an opinion let me know please what you think about either one.
It is hard to tell someone how to start a wiki page and the best way to do it would be to join and then start one. There are lots of examples of how teachers use them in the classroom.
Professional Technical Education (using wetpaint)
Eduwikius looks like a collaboration project and they use wikispaces. I love how colorful it is.
Flat Classroom project is an international collaboration project between Bangladesh and Georgia
I think creating a wiki would be a wonderful year long project for a class because they would learn that learning is not a stagnant thing and our knowledge is constantly evolving as we gain new information just like a wiki. We have to be willing to accept and learn new knowledge in order to be successful in life.