We're Not in Kansas Anymore
April Chamberlain




Why use a wiki?
  • Think Outside the Blog
  • Provide a space for free writing
  • Debate course topics, including assigned readings
  • Share resources such as annotated bibliographies, websites, effective writing samples, conferences, calls for manuscripts
  • Maintain a journal of work performed on group projects
  • Require students to collaborate on documents, such as an essay written by the entire class
  • Discuss curricular and instructional innovations
  • Encourage students to revise Wikipedia pages or take on new wikipedia assignments
  • Inspire students to write a Wikibook
  • Support service learning projects (i.e. use wikis to build a website about a challenge in their city)

Student use:


Voices from the Schoolhouse
History and civics (wiki/multimedia project)
Ms. McGuyer – Hewitt Trussville Middle School

What was school like for students who graduated from high school more than 65 years ago? Students in Erin McGuyer’s technology classes at HTMS found out in a project-based learning activity that documented some of the education history of the Trussville community.

With the help of several small grants, students were able to build a mobile recording studio which they “took on the road” as they interviewed representative citizens across five or six generations and asked them to share their family and personal stories about school.
The project relies on a web-based wiki, “Voices from the Schoolhouse,” to serve as the central repository for the students’ work products, including still photos, movies, and podcasts of the student-led interviews. Although the wiki is still a work in progress (which is, after all, the idea behind wikis!), there’s already plenty to hear and see at the site, including selected pages from the very first HTHS Yearbook (circa 1940).
Web-based oral history projects like this have several good effects. They not only engage students through exciting technology tools and create public audiences for their work, they can deepen their thinking about history and have the potential to form a greater bond between today’s students and the kids of yesteryear.

- originally published at http://www.abpc21.org/classroom20.html

Constitution Wiki
http://abpc.wikispaces.com/April Chamberlain-Trussville
In order to better understand the United States Constitution, 7th grade students in the K9 Team with guidance from Mrs. Niki Lincoln worked in groups and classes to develop a K9 Constitution with Premable, Articles and Bill of Rights. In order for the students to collaborate on the project 24/7 and enable everyone to have an equal voice, Niki Lincoln created a Constitution wiki where each period had their own main page followed by group pages.

Alabama / Ohio Artist Collaboration This wiki was created to help communication between the students at Fairview High School in Fariview Park, Ohio and those at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama. This is an educational endeavor conducted jointly by the two teachers envolved, Erik Myers at Spain Park, and Chris Kaminski at Fairview HS

Mrs. Cassidy's Grade One Classroom is using their wiki to write stories.

Professional Use:

Bud the Teacher's wiki about blogging


In January 2006, Wikispaces began offering our Plus Plan for free for K-12 education. If your wiki will be used exclusively for K-12 education, you can begin your ad-free, private Wikispace by registering at http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers. If you already have a Wikispace but didn't register it under our K-12 Plan, you can request an upgrade .

Another free wiki services that will remove the Google ads with an e-mail to a Wetpaint Education person. Wetpaint has great resources to understanding wikis and how to use Wetpaint. The site also spotlights 15 wikis currently being used in the classroom.

This wiki is unique in that students can not write over top of one another. However, it is not as cool looking as the others mentioned above.

How to's:


http://maythetechbewithyou.wikispaces.com/advanced wiki work