What's a Wiki?

A wiki is a Web site that allows users to add and update content on the site using their own Web browser. This is made possible by Wiki software that runs on the Web server. Wikis end up being created mainly by a collaborative effort of the site visitors. A great example of a large wiki is the Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia in many languages that anyone can edit. The term "wiki" comes from the Hawaiian phrase, "wiki wiki," which means "super fast." I guess if you have thousands of users adding content to a Web site on a regular basis, the site could grow "super fast."

To see examples of Wikis, and read accounts from teachers about how they are using Wikis in their classrooms, click on the link below, and navigate through the various pages by clicking on the < > symbols at the bottom of the information box that appears.