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December 2007 Eduwiki

Our Space: Eduwiki is a collaborative partnership between educators across the world that enables us to instantly share ideas, resources, projects, and more importantly to connect to one another.

Our Community: Eduwiki was initiated by a group of Pennsylvania technology integrators interested in sharing great ideas and resources. We then began to connect to teachers and administrators from all over the world ranging from early childhood though higher education. Our Who's Who page was created to provide a profile of each contributor on Eduwiki, in order for visitors to easily connect to members via their email, blog, Skype or Twitter address.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: When people have a simple efficient place to share ideas, those ideas flow smoothly. With the flattening of the world, we are seeing our students' needs changing faster than we are prepared to keep up with. We can no longer be islands and ignore the turbulence of the ocean around us. Wikispaces allows us to communicate, collaborate and connect with others during the small cracks of time we find during our school days and home lives. The easy-to-use interface has made the technology learning curve almost non-existent. Within minutes of becoming members, we are able to contribute to the project. We ask our members to connect their Wikispaces projects, blogs, podcasts, social networks and other resources so we can bring our network closer and build bridges between people. Wikispaces works, because we don't need to focus on technology in order to make global collaboration happen.

November 2007 Rankiapedia

Our Space: Rankiapedia tries to answer the most Frequently Asked Questions by the users of Rankia.com, a Spanish financial community with more than 18,000 registered users. The wiki includes a glossary with more than 600 financial terms.

Our Community: There are five editors and another 11 members who can edit pages. We plan to expand the number of members by inviting the most active users of Rankia.com. Currently only members of the wiki space can edit pages.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: Wikispaces is an excellent wiki software, with remarkable usability and functionality. The customer service is very responsive. The only things we miss are a Spanish version of the site and the possibility of integrating the search box into the content area.

October 2007 OpenRSA

Our Space: OpenRSA is an experiment in using a wikispace, events, and other social software to help a 250-year-old UK membership organisation re-invent itself by becoming more networky and less hierarchical. The organisation http://www.thersa.org/ - Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce - started in the coffee houses of Covent Garden, so we are just introducing new tools for conversation with a wider reach.

Our Community: OpenRSA started as a Facebook group - now with 340 members - after a get-together of about 15 people. We set up the wikispace to give us additional functionality for our larger meeting on October 1. Anyone can get involved in OpenRSA who is currently a Fellow of the RSA (and there are 27,000 of those worldwide) or interested in becoming a Fellow. There's an official RSA Networks blog here http://mtblog.typepad.com/rsa_networks/. OpenRSA aims to be a friendly unofficial complement run by volunteers.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: Wikispaces was an easy choice because of past experience, ease of use, and functionality. Participants in events can add their reports, we can embed video, and also take in a feed from the chief executive of the RSA, Matthew Taylor. We'll be doing more prior to an official RSA event for 250 Fellows on November 22.

September 2007 Healey Library Course Resource Hub

Our Space: Our library staff publish a University of Massachusetts Boston Course Wikipaedia; we create an entry for all courses taught in the University; this entry links the course subject matter and assignments directly to library resources. The beta page for the University of Massachusetts Boston Course Wikipaedia is http://www.lib.umb.edu/wikis.

Our Community: Our community consists of six librarians who prepare each entry in our wikispaces.com venue.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: Wikispaces is totally delightful. Easy and fun and effective to use. Wikispaces opened up new lines of service to us that formerly would have been logistically impossible to achieve.

August 2007 Smithsonian Institution Library's Tech Services

Our Space: We created our space as a convenient and efficient way of organizing and sharing information for our work at the Technical Services Division of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. It allows us to centralize some of the material that is scattered throughout our LAN. Those involved in inter-departmental collaborations such as digitization of some of our holdings are beginning to use the space for discussions and documentation. Others are adding procedures so they can be accessed from any computer.

The library staff is spread out among a number of buildings, and having some of this material accessible from any computer has already proven to be extremely useful. We also no longer have to worry about leaving any interested party out of the loop. And there is a convenient and responsive search engine for each wiki to supplement and complement its organizational features.

Since we have only just started this wiki and are still experimenting, it is a work-in-progress far from its final form, but we have made a good start, and the relative informality of the venue as well as the ease of editing is encouraging more participation.

Our Community: The core of the SIL-techservices wiki is the Technical Services Division of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries ( http://www.sil.si.edu/index.cfm ). (I must here emphasize, however, that this is not an official Smithsonian site; it is an informal working site.) Tech services is that section of a library involved in processing and maintenance of its collection: acquisitions (obtaining the material for our own collections); interlibrary loan (borrowing the material from other libraries); and cataloging (organizing the information about the material so that patrons can find what we have, and where they can find it). We have also invited staff from other units within SIL who are involved directly or indirectly in our various projects.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: We chose Wikispaces for its ease of use, its reliability, and the responsiveness of its administration. Some of the organizers of SIL-techservices have had wikis here for a year or so, found them immensely useful, and felt no hesitation in recommending Wikispaces for this project.

July 2007 The Moon

Our Space: The-Moon Wiki is a repository for scientific and historic information about the Moon and the people who study it. We want the wiki to be THE place to find out about every named lunar landform. Each piece of data is signed or has a reference listed so users can evaluate the quality of the information.

Our Community: There are three main (=obsessed) contributors including Chuck Wood, a lunar scientist, Mark Tillotson, an engineer and amateur astronomer who has fallen in love with the Moon, and Jim Mosher, a retired physicist. Each has contributed knowledge, hard work and skills, allowing us to create 2055 pages in less than 2 months. Amateur astronomers and professional lunar scientists use and contribute to The-Moon.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: Wikispaces is a very easy to use tool. We created computer programs to harvest information from sources across the Internet, and then used the Wikispaces template feature to create pages. We did have to add each page by hand, and also hundreds of images - how we wish there were bulk uploads and global editing (for use as we discover new data sources)! Wood has two other Wikispaces sites (including a private one for study of Titan data from the Cassini spacecraft) and will use a new Wikispaces site as a classroom for an online course this fall on education about the Moon.

June 2007 Net Objectives Patterns Repository

Our Space: The Net Objectives Patterns Repository is a community-built and managed collection of software patterns. The purpose is to allow the software development community to share knowledge about design and quality issues in software, and to contribute to the profession. Visitors may choose to be contributors, or simply to learn from the wisdom gathered from others.

Our Community: Software developers, designers, architects, and testers who are interested in using Design Patterns to create higher-quality, more testable and maintainable code.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: We've been using Wikispaces for about 8 months now, and have found the service very reliable, and the support mechanisms to be extremely responsive. Our requests for specific features have been met with a great degree of cooperation. We're very happy to be hosted at Wikispaces!

April 2007 Flat Planet

Our Space: The Flat Planet Wikispace is for an online collaborative project between students in two religious education classes in Catholic High Schools in Canada and the United Kingdom. The students were given the task of examining environmental issues affecting both Canada and the U.K. and to think about the ethical/moral responsibility of Roman Catholics with regard to the environment.

Our Community: The two teachers who set up this project are Simon O'Carroll (mroc) in Canada and Neil D'Aguiar (ndaguiar) in the United Kingdom. There are also a number of guest judges who will be helping out with the project. They are: Mrs. Vicki Davis (brightideaguru) of Camilla, Georgia whose award winning Flat Classroom Project was an inspiration, Sharon Peters (speters) of Montreal, Quebec who is also a leader in online collaboration, and Chris Betcher (betch) from Sydney, Australia who introduced me to Wikispaces and to Web 2.0 in general when he was on a teaching exchange at my school in Canada. We have one more judge joining the project, Chris Cosstick (ccosst1) from London, England, and he had never heard of a wiki until this project-so we're spreading the word! There are 48 students working in collaboration on this project.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: The thing that we like about Wikispaces is the ease of use. It was fairly simple to figure out how to use the Wikispaces editing tools. Within a few minutes we had set up our Flat Planet Wikispaces site and were laying the groundwork for our students to begin their collaboration. I especially like the ability to easily embed things such as video, audio, and other types of media into the wiki.

March 2007 Toy Instructions

Our Space: Toyinstructions is a collection of deep links to toy instructions, user manuals, building guides, and user communities. Organized by toy brand, the wiki provides hand-coded links to toy company and fan resources as well as blog, photo, Yahoo Group and DIY toy hack links for toy brands that have inspired any of these online communities or discussion. Over time, we hope to develop a library of out-of-print instructions for vintage toys, as well as establishing relationships with toy companies to take on the responsibility of serving up instructions for toys they retire.

Our Community: I am currently the only active user! We have received a lot of good web press and had lots of visitors, but no outside contributions yet. We have a few members signed up and have gotten some good suggestions via email, which I have implemented on the space. But we (I say "we" because I am one of several co-authors of multiple sites, although I am the force behind the wiki) are looking for people who want to get in on the ground floor contributing to this wiki. Anyone can edit the space, even nonmembers, so we'd love for wiki-savvy folks to drop by and see if they'd like to contribute.

When we have some active users we will begin profiling them and their favorite toys alongside profiles of fan sites and toy resources on a new toyinstructions blog, as well as highlighting them and linking to their own sites from the toyinstructions wikispace itself. We can also provide exposure and/or comped advertising on any of several sites for anyone willing to code a couple of quick Widgetbox widgets for us.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: I have used other wiki services and like the feature list and price of Wikispaces, especially the easy embedding of multimedia. I have used it to build in a lot of "activity" that does not rely on user edits to try to give the wiki a sense of the community and interaction I hope develops there. We are currently networking with some toy sites to see if we can increase our reach among other toy communities.

I also love the CSS editing capability you get with a fairly cheap paid subscription and recommend that route to anyone who is serious enough about their wiki to want a customized look and feel.

February 2007 BBAMusic

Our Space: Our wikispace has become the central location for all of our instructional activities at Burr and Burton Academy Music Department. It serves to provide our students with unit assignments, research links, audio resources and recently functions as a portal for online assessments. After a little bit of research, we began to integrate flash technology into the site and have enjoyed providing online testing for some of our subjects. Most importantly, we have begun to have our students establish online portfolios for all of their research, projects and assessments. We are able to track their projects over time and monitor their note taking skills via their wiki sites.

Our Community: We primarily serve the students enrolled in our courses at Burr and Burton Academy. We are encouraging parents to become active participants in our site and hope to improve communication with our community through the use of this wiki.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: I have been looking for a tool to easily integrate technology into my teaching. I have utilized several other resources but have found the wiki to be most effective. It is quick, easy to administer and very customizable. It makes a great tool for committee work and the dissemination of resources for the school as a whole. Wiki is now part of our vocabulary here in Vermont!

January 2007 Marq

Our space: The space is primarily set up to offer a custom campaign setting for a Dungeons and Dragons game. The information provided has been contributed by the players to build a large wealth of knowledge meant to be enjoyed not only by the other players but anyone who enjoys a good story Players are encouraged to develop their background stories for their characters and integrate them into the cities, locations, and events of the campaign world. The journals written by different characters as well as the background stories of all the people, places and events of the world are what most of the content is composed of.

Our community: Our community consists almost entirely of players that have played in any of my campaigns over the last 6 years. Even those players who have left the games are still encouraged to contribute more in-depth development of their old characters.

Our experience with Wikispaces: This is my first Wikispace that I have personally set up though I have done significant work on Wikipedia as well as some wikis set up for some other online games like Guild Wars. My other coordinator has also done some work on wikis for other sites as well as offering large contributions of his time to this one.

October 2006 Kentucky Judges 2006

Our Space: In November 2006, all but two judgeships in Kentucky will be decided by nonpartisan elections. Unfortunately, even diligent citizens lack resources necessary to evaluate the candidates running for state judgeships, and they remain under-educated about how the conduct and outcome of these elections impacts our system of fair and impartial courts. We hope to be part of the solution by compiling in a central location information from a wide variety of resources, including: campaign finance data; profiles written by media outlets and the candidates themselves; statements from nonprofit organizations; and articles and editorials in state newspapers. We intend to share material written by others without adding our own subjective views of individual candidates or races.

Our Community: Undergraduate students conducted the research and created the pages on our wiki. Our class, PS 463, American Judicial Process, is within the Department of Political Science, in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Part-time instructor and attorney Jennifer Miller teaches the class, and Journalism major Lauren Price helped design the group project and assists students with research. We want a wide range of voters across the state to use this resource when making decisions about judicial candidates, and we hope that voter education projects in other states can benefit from our work.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: Wikispaces has proven to be an ideal platform for our project. We originally created a blog framework to organize the research but soon discovered that the chronological format for listings didn't match our goals, no matter how many categories we created for information. Other website platforms did not allow us to track additions and edits by multiple users. All but the technophobes among us have quickly mastered the user interface and navigation options.

August 2006 UsefulChem

Our Space: UsefulChem is an Open Source Science project aiming to share real time results from the Bradley chemistry lab at Drexel University. The main objective right now is to make compounds to fight malaria.

Our Community: The main contributors currently are Khalid Mirza (grad student), James Giammarco (undergrad), Lin Chen (undergrad), David Strumfels (grad student), Alicia Holsey (grad student) and Jean-Claude Bradley (Principal Investigator).

Our Experience with Wikispaces: After evaluating several wiki solutions we settled on Wikispaces because it offered a clean simple interface, RSS feeds, rapid indexing on Google and a free hosted option. Our objective is not only to communicate our research work directly to the world but also to offer solutions that can be easily replicated by other scientists at minimal or no cost. The coupling of the organizing power of Wikispaces with the chronological recording of Blogger creates an optimal vehicle for the dissemination of Open Source Science.

June 2006 Adventurer's Guild

Our space:

The Adventurer's Guild Wikispace is the main hub of an expansive, 47-player-strong role playing campaign. We use it to hold character sheets, logs of role-playing sessions, tons of setting information (which the playerbase and GMs alike are free to expand), and anything else that springs to mind.

Our community:

Our community is actually an offspring of a larger commmunity that's been around for about a decade, ReturnerGames, Inc. is the community that develops the rules we use to play, as well as where most of our players and GMs come from. Adventurer's Guild proper was begun by ElementalKnight, with Amatsu, Doman, Elisha, Falar, Peter, and Quman forming the rest of the GM team. There are too many players to list here, but they and the characters they play are listed on our Member Roster.

Our experience with Wikispaces: Wikispaces has allowed this game to do more than it could using any other website, mailing list, or forum. Easily editing pages makes updating character sheets a breeze, and the ease of making and linking pages lets the setting expand as it needs to. The Visual Editor lets less technically-inclined members work easily, which saves everyone hassle.

Since anyone can edit, the GMs don't have to do the scutwork of updating pages for the players. The Discussion pages let the players tell the GMs if they've missed anything, allows simpler in-game actions to be resolved without ever having to hop into chat or resorting to e-mail tag, and makes organizing sessions almost laughably easy.

Without Wikispaces, the GMs would have run themselves ragged months ago doing one-tenth the work they can do here. Without Wikispaces, our game simply would not be as fun as it is.

April 2006 Anza Pioneers

Our space:

A group of six Williams College students biked and ran from Nogales, AZ to San Francisco, CA along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Our space is a living record of our trip. We made the site for several reasons. First, we wanted an easy way for people to hear about our trip in our own words and to see our pictures. In this respect, we did it mostly for our very generous hosts who gave us so much while we were traveling. In another way, we're doing it for people who don't know who we are, or about the Anza Trail, so that they can learn what it is about. Compared to the other National Historic Trails, the Anza Trail is relatively unknown. Even people who basically live on the historic trail, don't know about it. We are trying to raise awareness about a trail that was so important to forming the culture of the Southwest and California coast. Lastly, we were encouraged to write a book of sorts about our journey, much like one that was written by a member of the original expedition in 1775-6. The goal was to create a modern day version of what it is like to travel through this area along the Anza Trail. We thought that a webpage format was the best way to do this, so that we could include pictures, profiles, and many different pages that each described a specific aspect of our trip, in addition to the journal entries from each day.

Our community:

6 Williams College students (in Williamstown, MA), the Anza Pioneers, are members of this wikispace. We are all teammates on the cross country and track and field teams here at Williams. We were able to get a firsthand experience of what if must have been like to trek through the desert and along the ocean. We hope our readership includes not only those who already know about us, but people who have never heard of us.

Our experience with Wikispaces:

We have had a great experience on Wikispaces. The format was very easy to learn, and provided everything we needed so that we could share our experiences with others. I'd like to highlight the fact that we have had so much of a public response. When we were first proposing the trip, it was supposed to be a learning experience for the 6 of us, which of course it turned out to be. What we found out, though, is that our journey evolved into something of a pioneering endeavor, and that many people appreciated what we were doing. Though few in number, those that knew about the Anza Trail were so deeply committed to the trail it was really remarkable, which is why they were so excited about what we were doing. They hoped that our trip would be the first of many that would raise awareness about the trail. Getting the word out about our space will accomplish the wishes of all those who helped us during our trip which is to increase the national awareness of the trail.

March 2006 Menéame

Nuestro espacio / Our space:

Menéame es un sitio estilo Digg en español publicado bajo la licencia de software libre Affero General Public License. El wiki de Menéame fue creado para ayudar al desarrollo del código fuente de Menéame pero pronto se convirtió en una importante herramienta de comunicación para toda la comunidad de Menéame.

El wiki de Menéame está abierto para que cualquiera pueda editar, en un auténtico espíritu wiki. Buscábamos un sistema wiki que fuera fácil de usar para cualquier persona y fácil de mantener. Evaluamos varias opciones y encontramos que Wikispaces era exactamente lo que estábamos buscando. Es fácil de usar, fácil de mantener y tiene estilo.

"Menéame" (Shake it) is a Digg-style site in Spanish that released its code under the free software Affero General Public License. The Menéame wiki was created to help the development of the Menéame source code but soon became an important communication tool for the whole Menéame community.

The Menéame wiki is open for anybody to edit, in true wiki spirit. We were looking for a wiki system that was easy for anybody to use and easy to maintain. We evaluated several options and we found in Wikispaces exactly what we were looking for. It's easy to use, stylish, and easy to maintain.

Nuestra comunidad / Our community:

El wiki de Menéame está abierto a cualquier persona. Su audiencia son principalmente los usuarios de Menéame, pero como Menéame tiene casi 100 clones conocidos también es usado por personas de otros sitios y otros países, especialmente desarrolladores que buscan implantar un clon de Menéame. Por ese motivo hemos decidido comenzar la traducción del wiki del español al inglés. ¡El wiki crece rápidamente!

The Menéame wiki is open to anybody. It's audience is mainly the people who use Menéame, but since Menéame has almost 100 known clones it is also used by people of other sites and countries, especially developers wanting to implement a Menéame clone. That's why we decided to start translating the Menéame wiki from Spanish to English. The wiki is growing rapidly!

Nuestra experiencia con Wikispaces: / Our experience with Wikispaces:

El wiki de Menéame ha sido una increíble ayuda para el desarrollo y mantenimiento de Menéame. Es una forma eficiente para informar de errores del código (bugs) y para las nuevas sugerencias (hemos seguido de alguna forma el modelo de Wikispaces). Las usuales preguntas frecuentes están allí, así como la netiqueta de Menéame (Meneatiqueta) y también una lista de clones de Menéame, que usamos de alguna manera para hacer cumplir la licencia Affero.

También tenemos una iniciativa de traducción en proceso para tener a Menéame disponible en varios idiomas.

Los actos de vandalismo son raros y gracias a los hilos (feeds) de RSS podemos seguir la cuenta de los cambios recientes y revertir cualquier vandalismo rápidamente.

De momento el hecho de que la interfaz sea en inglés no ha supuesto un problema para nosotros, ya que es muy sencilla de utilizar. ¡Estamos muy contentos con Wikispaces hasta ahora!

The Menéame wiki was a tremendous help for the development and support of Menéame. It is an efficient way to report bugs and add new suggestions (we followed somewhat the Wikispaces model). The usual FAQs and Menéame's Netiquette (called "Meneatiqueta") are there as well as the list of known Menéame clones, which we use in some way to enforce the Affero license.

There's also an ongoing translation effort, to make Menéame available in different languages.

Vandalism acts are very rare and thanks to the RSS feeds we keep track of recent changes and can revert such acts very quickly.

And so far, the fact that the interface is in English has not been a problem for us, since the interface is very easy to use. We are very happy with Wikispaces so far!

February 2006 CCIT 205: Digital Innovation and Cultural Transformation

Our Space: The CCIT 205 Wikispace is an educational Wiki supporting CCIT 205: Digital Innovation and Cultural Transformation. CCIT 205 is a second-year survey course in technology and society offered at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning as part of the joint Sheridan/University of Toronto - Mississauga degree program in Communication, Culture and Information Technology.

Sheridan-based courses in the CCIT program stress project-based learning through a variety of applied design projects. In this course, co-professors Prof. Michael Jones and Prof. Gail Benick wanted to provide students the opportunity to engage Web 2.0 technologies hands on by creating a course Wiki that would cover core technology and society issues.

After looking at potential means of hosting such an assignment, we chose to use Wikispaces. This choice was influenced by Wikispaces' clean interface and rapid learning curve in Wiki editing, ability to track and monitor individual student changes, ease of administration and maintenance and ability to have protected, private and ad-free spaces.

Our Community: The CCIT 205 wiki is a private Wikispace, mostly due to us wishing to keep this educational experiment somewhat controlled. Using Wikis as a core component of a course was an experiment for all of us - and for all we knew, it'd be a huge failure we'd rather not have aired out in public.

Thankfully, student engagement with this Wikispace exceeded our highest expectations.

The Wiki assignment, worth 25% of the course final grade, was a three-part work. 2-3 pages of quality Wiki content was worth 50% of assignment. 30% of the assignment was "community building and maintenance". The third part of the assignment was a 20% analysis and reflection piece on the Wikispaces experience.

Read more about our assignment:

Our Experience with Wikispaces: Students were invited to join the CCIT 205 Wikispace January 24th, 2006. The assignment was formally concluded February 28th, 2006. In this time, the approximately 140 students of CCIT 205 created 598 pages through nearly 9,000 edits. In comparison, as noted on the Wikispace main page, the top public Wikispaces average about 1,000 edits a month. The level of activity was simply mind-boggling.

More important than these numbers, however, was the strong student evaluation of their Wikispace experience. Students took it upon themselves to create an assignment feedback page separate from course requirements to share their experiences. Even without being formally required to share their experiences, 54 students did - and with a few lukewarm exceptions, evaluations were positive, sometimes extraordinarily so.

Read some of our student comments:

January 2006 Oxidised White Burgundies

Our Space: The primary aim of our space is to collect and share data about bottles of white wine from the Burgundy region of France. It enables us to assess the likelihood and severity of reported flaws, in particular regarding the issue of premature oxidation. This space also facilitates our secondary goal, which is to gather information about the possible root causes of these flaws.

Our Community: Drinkers of these wines, wherever they are in the world.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: The wiki helps bring critical mass to an issue that would otherwise be merely anecdotal, i.e. by collecting enough data for a systematic analysis. An online solution such as wikispaces is the most practical given the global spread of our community. Setting up our own wiki space was very quick, and the ease of use is a definite plus for a community that is not necessarily computer-savvy.

December 2005 Westwood

Our Space: We began to use our wikispace as the companion to our Computer Science curriculum but are expanding it for use in Computer Fundamentals, Keyboarding, and Computer Graphic Design.

We started with one page (http://westwood.wikispaces.com/Web+2.0) where I posted words relating to Web 2.0. I divided the students into groups and had them collaboratively research their topic on the Internet, summarize their findings, and link to their sources. I have found that it is the perfect tool to help students summarize and synthesize information! Every student, regardless of ability level was able to contribute in a meaningful way!

We've expanded it considerably and now have links to our student wikispaces (http://westwood.wikispaces.com/Westwood+wikilinks+page). Of particular interest is the 10th grade "study hall" (http://studyhall.wikispaces.com) where the students have created a listing of homework with links to the pages they have created to study for exams! They update this on their own! It has its own life! I'm most excited that they have an electronic forum to exchange academic information from home! I like that I can monitor who has added material and can control who contributes to each space.

Our Community: The students and faculty of Westwood Schools.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: The first day, the students started getting excited. The second day, they were thrilled and engrossed in learning about our topic. For their quiz on creating wikipages I had them create their own space on the school topic of their choice. That is when I found them squealing in the hall talking about their english wikispace or history wikispace. The other faculty, who are always cutting edge, began asking what this "wiki thing" was. Some of them have created their own pages and are creating projects next semester to move from paper portfolios to wikispaces. I've been asked to do a teacher in service training on January 2nd to bring all middle school and high school teachers up to speed.

I have used countless technological tools -- but I have never found a tool so useful in the educational process. We use blogging, podcasting and all of the other features of Education 2.0. I believe, however, that wikispaces are the thing that will integrate all of these technologies into meaningful experiences.

Read more about about which features work well for us:


Read a full summary of our Wikispaces experience:


November 2005 Aristotle Experiment

Our Space: Our space was created for the purpose of providing an interactive and authentic learning experience in English Language Arts.

Our Community: We are a community of learners, developing our skills through the creation of real, useful, communal web projects. We are based out of Estancia High School, a small high school, just one of four in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: Our experience with Wikispaces has been a great one so far. It is an amazing thing to learn through community building activities in an online environment that encourages the free exchange of ideas and emphasizes high level, clear communication and critical thinking.

October 2005: Queen Loana

Our Space: The Queen Loana Annotation Project is an attempt to use Wiki technology to create a thorough and accurate set of annotations to a novel-- in this case, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by the great Italian writer, Umberto Eco. Other page-by-page annotations of books exist across the web, but we are the first, I believe, to get the job done by using a wiki.

Our Community: The project was started by Erik Ketzan, a law student who writes and edits for The Modern Word, the web's most extensive resource on Umberto Eco and his writings. At least a couple dozen contributors from around the world added to the project in its five months of existence, so far. Most contributions were anonymous, but two of our most frequent contributors were "judys" and "MarioArkus."

Our Experience with Wikispaces: In just a few months of using Wikispaces, we basically wrote a book: a workable set of annotations to a novel as it was released and being read. Our annotations are superior to a printed volume because we can add multimedia content, like music and full color images, and the collaborative nature of the wiki allowed us to harness the collective wisdom of bookworms worldwide. It was a great experience, and I plan to repeat it with the novels of some other writers I love (Gabriel Garcia Marquez has a novel on the way, but I'm kicking myself for not launching a Harry Potter 6 wiki when the book came out!).

Wikispaces suited our needs because mainly it's free, hosted, and easy to use. Setting up the site was a breeze and adding contributions was made easy enough for non-techies. The primary lesson I learned was that contributors would rather fill in blanks than add entire entries. It is therefore preferable to add unknown references marked with a question mark than to omit them entirely.

September 2005: E398 Essentials

Our Space: The E398 Essentials space was built to collect all available information on the Motorola E398 phone, and to keep this information updated. The E398 is one of the most moddable phones on the market, and the price has dropped a lot in the last months so more people are buying the phone and experimenting with it.

Our Community: Our community consists of every E398 owner who has something to add to the wiki. The most contributions have been made by eyesonly_d, sh03y and djdano.

Our Experience With Wikispaces: The E398 community has been spread over a few major forums including Howard Forums (www.howardforums.com), MotoModders (www.motomodders.net) and Mobile Review (http://www.mobile-review.com/). New modders trying their luck first had to search a lot and read through many threads. The threads also tended to be filled with useless posts requesting information that was already out there. A few attempts were made to bring all the available information into one place but since there was only person behind them, it was hard to keep up with the updates.

eyesonly_d from Howard Forums came up with the wiki idea. We spent a couple of days discussing it and then chose Wikispaces. It took us 3-4 weeks to gather all the important information, but since every E398 owner could contribute to the wiki, our growth was fast and remarkable. The discussions page helped us clear up a few points. The easy handling of new pages, pictures and formatting, helped us a lot since some users had little or no experience in creating an easy-to-browse and easy-to-understand database. The Wikispaces help pages are very well done so even a person who had no contact with wikis previously (such as myself) could learn in just a few minutes how to put together a basic layout.

Our wiki is now a reference for every E398 modder. New E398 owners are pointed to the wiki and many typical questions are answered there. Wikispaces has helped us share with a large community information that was spread over many locations. E398 modders can find all they need in one place. Searching through endless threads is no longer necessary. And because everyone can add to the wiki, the information is constantly updated.

August 2005: ACLUG

Our Space: The Avondale Community Linux User Group promotes and supports the use of Linux and Open Source Software at Avondale College, a private tertiary institution in New South Wales, Australia and in the local community. We are particularly focused on open source solutions as they apply to education where we see a real possibility to improve the community.

We use the ACLUG Wikispace as our group website, to let the community know about free software solutions, and to collaboratively create documents such as group letters and public presentations. One of our most active pages has been a page on which our community collectively organised its first Linux "Installfest", and the event was a great success.

Our Community: The ACLUG community consists mainly of students studying at Avondale College as well as a few students from the local high school. The main contributors so far have been Lachlan Rogers (latch), Clinton Jackson (fermion) and Peter Ansell (ansell). We have also had input from others such as Adrian Jackson (adothetechy), Cameron Rogers (noremac), Ben Reuter (itsben), Andrew Wallace (admiraltriggerhappy), Clansi Roy (clank), David Calculli (justdavid), Daniel Vokurka (dvokurka) and Andrew Lee (adodo). We are a vibrant and steadily growing group of free software advocates.

Our Experience with Wikispaces: We find that Wikispaces is especially suitable for our group's organisation. We all have ideas and although verbal discussions are good they often fail to produce concrete results. Here we have a history of the issues as we discuss them, so we are more likely to follow up on them. It is also good as a central point where we can organise our different projects, such as an upcoming presentation for an Avondale Colloquium. An important benefit of creating our website through a wiki is that each interested person can contribute, and no single "webmaster" needs spend a lot of concentrated time.

Wikispaces itself was chosen as the host for our community wiki basically by chance. It has, however, proven itself to be a vibrant and growing wiki-farm with many useful features. As our community collaboratively develops documents, the visual history of each wiki page makes things incredibly fast. The speed with which some of our feature requests have been met (such as the symbol on external links) shows that Wikispaces is a pleasant and helpful place to grow great wikis.

July 2005: Blended Learning

Our Space: "The Blended Learning space was started to pool resources and ideas for blogging workshops being run in educational organisations around the Sydney, Australia region. The scope quickly grew to collaborating and sharing ideas about blended learning in all spheres of education. The space now includes reviewed links for free educational materials; a large 'how to' section for teaching and learning online; a growing mobile learning section; some ideas for incorporating technologies into traditional classrooms; and most recently some guidelines for larger educational organisations."

Our Community: "Our contributors are Michael Nelson (michaelnelson), Leigh Blackall (leighblackall), Sean Fitzerald (seanfitz), and Judith Cooke. Our logo was recently designed by Sunshine Connelly, and a number of valuable edits have been made by mysterious anons here and there. It would be great to have more input from others in education!"

Our Experience with Wikispaces: "While searching around for a free wiki hosting solution we initially overlooked Wikispaces, but there is just nothing out there that is so simple to use! And now that we've got more control over the look-n-feel, it's definitely the best wiki-hosting solution that we've come across, both for its simplicity and its style!"

June 2005 - The M.A.I.M.E.D. Project

Our Space: "The M.A.I.M.E.D. Project is an original-character online role-playing game inspired by the video game Jet Set Radio Future and the anime Akira. Our Wikispace is used to organize all of the information that we've made up about the game -- the characters, the world, and all of the little factoids within it."

Our Community: "Our current members are gamera, maimedproject, jedi, duellist, kupoke, emogeisha, cranberrypie, monstrawesome, and selankatt. We all have an obsessive love of the game and the Wiki meaning that both are updated on a very, very consistent basis."

Our Experience with Wikispaces: "The best thing about finding out about Wikispaces is that it helped our game become unbelievably more organized than before. Before we transitioned to a journal game, we had a website, but it was difficult to maintain on a regular basis as there were a lot of people with a lot of information, but only one person with access to the website. In contrast, Wikispaces has given all of the members the ability to update all of their information when they're able to, which is so important. It's relatively easy to use, as well; with its basic, What You See Is What You Get interface, we're able to type in our information and submit it within minutes. As there are so many people with so many different characters, all of which have their own pasts, futures, and idiosyncracies, the Wikispaces format makes organizing our information much more convenient by far."