A Wiki is a simple online database. It allows users to search, create or edit information. Wikis are collaborative tool that allows users interaction, collaboration and communication to other groups. It enables uses to contribute and edit work within its pages and is supported by hyperlinks and text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages (Ward, 2002).
Wikis are a great tool for the classroom for a variety of tasks. They allow the students to explore for information, communicate with peers and other groups and collaborate on assignments with others in and outside of the classroom, inside and outside of school hours. Learning Managers, students and peers could collaborate together constructing the learning together. Wikis could be intergrated into any KLA in the curriculum as a resource for aquiring new information, this relates to the Connectivism theory (Siemens, 2004) as new information is continually been acquired through their use. They allow the students to build on their knowledge and understandings whilst been engaged in their learning. Wikis are another step forward for the digital educational evolution.
Siemens, G. (2004) Citing computer references. Retrieved 23 July, 2009 from, http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
Ward, C. (2002) What is a Wiki. Retrieved 1 August 2009 from, http://www.wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki