Wikis have made their way into the classroom at Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. Students working on writing projects are accessing their teacher’s wiki from their Safari bookmark toolbar on their Macs via Apple’s Rendezvous. The wiki is installed on the teacher’s iBooks and is an adaptation of Instiki, which in combination with SchoolTool, an open souce management information system, streamlines the entire process. Apart from a couple of problems,–when the laptop is asleep or is outside the school the system breaks down–it gets the thumbs up from the students who use it. It takes away the burden of navigating file servers and word processor interfaces and lets the students focus on their writing.
I like wiki’s – they seem quite useful for the classroom.