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The term wiki is a shorter form of wiki wiki, a Hawaiian word meaning "quick" or "fast".

A wiki is a website that allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit content, very quickly and easily. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative writing.

Wikis also can provide a place to share other multimedia such as video, audio, and digital pictures.

For more information go to the Encyclopedia of Educational Technology.

The most famous (or infamous) wiki is Wikipedia and it houses over a million articles just in English; many other languages are represented as well. Terms are interlinked throughout Wikipedia. This is an essential resource for just about anyone; especially educators and students. By the way, if you're worried about accuracy, studies have found that Wikipedia is as reliable as any encyclopedia (BBC).

Wiki Tools

There are several free tools available to construct a wiki. You may have to explore them to find the one that works best for you.


Wiki Examples