A wiki is similar to a website, but with a difference. A wiki allows its members to co-edit a wiki page. In Hawaiian, wiki means quick. The developer behind the wiki was Ward Cunningham. Ward started the Wiki Wiki Web.
Currently, Wikipedia is probably the most popular public wiki. Other wiki websites include: Wikispaces, PBworks, Wetpaint and Wikieducator. Anyone can start a wiki page and/or edit if they have the knowledge and desire to share what they know. It takes a caring person to wake up one morning and decide to share information.
Research collaboration now involves significant online communication. But sending files back and forth between collaborators creates redundancy of effort, causes unnecessary delays and, many times, leaves people frustrated with the whole idea of collaboration.
With the help of technology, students in a growing number of classrooms are collaborating with their peers--both in their own schools and around the world--to solve problems and complete projects. Here are some examples.
Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually. Why is this so?
Groups tend to learn through “discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of other’s ideas.” Perhaps information that is discussed is retained in long term memory. Research by Webb suggests that students who worked collaboratively on math computational problems earned significantly higher scores than those who worked alone. Plus, students who demonstrated lower levels of achievement improved when working in diverse groups.
In an increasingly connected world, it’s imperative for individuals to be able to work together on projects. Collaboration is essential for you as an educator and for your students as they journey through the world of academia.
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