Friday, July 25, 2014

Wikis as an educational tool

A Wiki is a collaborative website that allows people to add and edit content. It allows the work of different authors, as well as edit, delete and modify information, images, comments, videos, charts, and links. According to Cherice Montgomery (2014):

"A wiki is a type of social software that allows multiple people to easily and collaboratively create, edit, discuss, and share multimedia content online using a web browser. Many wiki providers (such as Wikispaces or PBWorks) make this service available for free to anyone who has access to an internet connection, charging small fees to those who want access to additional features such as ad-free spaces, a customized appearance, or increased security options. It is also possible to install wiki software (such as MediaWiki) on a server. However, in most cases, creating a wiki is as easy as filling out a simple form."

Wikis can be a great educational artefact, since the writer can use different tools, such as image, text, links, and videos. Also, teachers can plan lessons by week, assignments, add evaluation and different pages according to the students needs.

Furthermore, Wikis allows to develop students projects, since they can add information and modify it. Some of the benefits of using Wikis as an educational tool are:

·                    Students explain terms in their own words.
·                    Students create no-linguistic representation, such as images.
·                    Students can do periodically activities. 
·                    Students can discuss classmates work.

There are infinitives projects that can be develop using Wikis, since the artefact is very flexible and allows multiple options according to the teacher and students needs. 


Ledesma, P. (2010). “Are Your Students Using Wikis to Strengthen Vocabulary Skills?”. In Education Week Teacher. [Online]

Montgomery, C. (2014) Wikis in the World Language Classroom: Transforming Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Preparation with Technology. Brigham Young University. [Paper] [Online]

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