The most famous wiki is Wikipedia, a massive online encyclopedia with more than a million articles. It is so popular that it is now one of the Top 100 web sites in the world!
When you come to a wiki, you are able to read what the wiki's community has written. You are able to edit the article's text collaborating asynchronously. Most of the wiki hosting platforms are for free; it encourages non-technical users to participate.
Teachers can use a wiki as an online resource platform where they can share numerous links relevant to the current lesson topic. Students can write summaries on a wiki for every lesson they’ve learnt. By reviewing them, teachers can assess students’ performance and design individual learning plans. However there are some concerns as students can be distracted easily, it also takes a lot of time and effort to manage the quality of the site and it can lead to sloppy writing similar to email or text messaging.
A blog is a lot like an online journal or diary:
- Normally a single page of entries.
- Organised in reverse-chronological order, from most recent entry to least recent.
- A blog is normally public - the whole world can see it.
- The entries in a blog usually come from a single author, although some blogs ask for others' vews.
It’s worth remembering that whatever you publish is available for everyone to see.
- If you write a post in anger you might regret it later.
- Personal blogs may be biased or contain inaccurate information
- Blogs can be time consuming.
- People may leave rude or inappropriate comments.
It may seem somewhat daunting at first when considering the perceived technical skills involved but using blogs in the classroom can be very rewarding. Blogging can improve students’ writing skills (as well grammar and spelling) and build their confidence as writers. By blogging, students can take ownership of their writing, become better observers of others’ writing, and develop a more immediate and powerful understanding of an audience.