Free and Easy Wikispaces for Educators

Presenter: Charlene Chausis, Technology Trainer
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Apple Distinguished Educator 2003


School Website:


Presented at the IL-TCE Pre-Conference, February 28, 2007  & 2007 ICE Summer Workshop Series

Whether you are a teacher or administrator, wikis provide a fast and easy way to extend and enrich your curriculum or education practice. Establish your own wikispace on the web, and master the tools for managing a secure and safe place for you and your students or colleagues to collaborate online. 


What is a wiki?

Wikipedia --

From the website: Wikipedia (pronounced /ˌwɪkiˈpiːdi.ə/ or /ˌwiki-/) is a multilingual Web-based free-content encyclopedia wiki service. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers, allowing most articles to be changed by anyone with access to a web browser. The project began on January 15, 2001, as a complement to the expert-written Nupedia and is now operated by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia has more than 3,380,000 articles, including more than 993,000 in the English-language version.

Wiki resources and examples:

David Warlick's Learning Wiki:

5 Tips for Wiki Work -- (adapted from Vicki Davis, author of the Flat Classroom Project)

    1. Refresh Before Writing -- Before you edit, click the refresh button in your browser to be sure all previous changes are visible.
    2. Make Small Edits -- do not leave the wiki page open for a long time. Once you have entered information, be sure to SAVE the changes as you work.
    3. Communicate with your team -- If you are working in a group, let your team members know when you are working on the wiki page. If more than one team member edits the page at the same time, one or the other's work may be over-written.
    4. Learn to use the "History" tab. -- At any time, you can recover information from previous edits. This is the power of the wiki!
    5. Discussion -- In PBWiki there is a Comment button, and in Wikispaces there is a discussion area, for leaving messages and engaging in conversation.  Use the wiki pages for general information publishing only.

Advertised as: "Make a free, password-protected wiki as easily as a peanut butter sandwich."  -- Extend our conversation at -- and you will be a superstar (that's the pwd).

Other PBWiki links

Official Forum for PBWiki:

The Daily Peanut:

PBWiki Tutorials:

Sandbox (play here!):


PB Wiki pages...

Wikispaces lets you create simple web pages that groups, friends, and families can edit together. They're giving away 100,000 ad-free wikis for educators!  Visit:

Join the IL-TCE wikispaces page:

WikiSpaces Tutorial

From Jennifer Wagner (technospud)

Wikispaces Blog:

Wikispaces in Education:


Other Free Wiki tools






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Last Updated: July 12, 2007