A Wiki is a website used to link a number of websites (Wikipedia, 2009). I am a huge fan of Wikipedia. At an academic level I would never use it as the information is unreliable and untrustworthy. The reason behind this is because anyone can add or change information. However, it is fantastic when you are looking for quick 'what the' answer. It is an excellent tool because it links information together, for example, how hyperlinks work. To illustrate, if you are looking up information for Eucalyptus. You can now see how it links to Wikipedia. Whilst on this page in Wikipedia have a look at just how the links are shown throughout the writing. Very informative.
Creating a Wiki can be a great experience. There are a range of different websites that get you started on making a Wiki. I chose Wikipaint to create my first Wiki. You can create pages, discussion forums, add photos ect. People log onto your Wiki and create and add information and links . I liked that you can pick who can add and change your wiki. As previously said it is hard to trust sources of information. I feel that this could be used as a great collaborative learning tool. While I was playing with mine I was picturing a class interacting with each other and interacting with the web in general. With such a range of information on the web it could have great benefits in limiting the vast amount of information.
Wetpaint. (2009). Wetpaint. Retrieved August 17,2009, from http://www.wetpaint.com/
Wikipedia. (2009). Wiki. Retrieved August 17, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki