Yesterday Wired posted a good article – titled Veni, Vidi, Wiki – that includes information on how wikis are being used beyond the Wikipedia style example. This is a perfect article to read at the beginning of the new school year as teachers, students, and parents are thinking about new ways to teach and to learn. It also is a perfect article to read when thinking about the world of DOPA. The examples in Veni, Vidi, Wiki show the many positive (and safe) applications of web 2.0 technologies in the lives of children, teens, and adults.
In the article the CEO of Socialtext mentions making a wiki software that is easy enough for members of a PTA to use. Imagine if the local PTA could use the wiki to plan projects and get student and teacher input on projects. Of course, the same goes for a library friends group, staff, and youth participation groups. Why not setup a wiki for a teen group in the library and make that the main place for teens to plan projects, programs, etc.? That would help to guarantee involvement of teens who can’t (or don’t) get to the library. It would also make the planning process transparent and might help educate and inform others about the great work that teens can do – when given the chance.
If you are interested in starting a wiki there are lots of software possibilities – some cost money, some are fee-based, some require you to have a server, some are entirely web-based. The article from Wired lists some software possibilities. You might also check out Wiki Matrix. The site gives visitors a chance to compare different wiki software features in order to choose the best one for a particular need and purpose. (Don’t miss the Wizard at Wiki Matrix that takes you through the selection process step-by-step.)