PBwiki

June 13, 2008 at 1:27 pm 5 comments

  • What is it? What does it do?

    PBwiki is a website that is the largest provider of business and educational wikis. A wiki is a web page that allows users to create and edit the content of the webpage also called wiki. You can easily, within minutes get started with your own wiki page on PBwiki page. You can also add pages as desired. You can start an educational page for free and then upgrade at a cost. When you create a page you add text. A person who has the password may edit content on the page and save to update the page. There is an icon of a peanut butter sandwich on each page because it is said using PBwiki is as easy as making a peanut butter sandwich.

    • What are the infrastructure and technical requirements for this tool?

    The site is easy to navigate. Sign up is quick and easy. Support teams are available to trouble shoot. It is ad free.

    Requires you sharing a password in order to have groups visit and add/edit a page.

    You can back up your data with a click of the mouse. The website will back up data too. You are notified when someone edits content on a page.

    • How can you use it effectively in instruction?

    Teachersusing the site relate that their students use Pbwiki to edit content from homeduring the week and on weekends. Teachers can use the site to have students write book or project reviews.

    Students could work in PBwiki to do group work. It does have page history so you can go back and see who added what content.

    Students could create a page simulating a webpage.

    • What are other education applications for this tool?

    Instead of using email which takes up space, a one page wiki could record information to capture brainstorming ideas or collective responses on a topic.

    You can embed information from a variety of sources such as pictures and video clips. The site offers videos and presentation materials for teachers. You can check the right panel for links.

    • What are the limitations and cautions related to use of this tool?

    Caution: You would have to set clear guidelines for adding/changing content on a page because whoever has the password can edit content. Digital citizenship must be in the forefront of users thinking.

    • What are the management considerations for this tool?

    It only has 10MB of storage space so you may need to use another source for storage.

    You are notified when someone edits so you can view changes made to wikis. Teachers would need to carefully monitor input of students to make sure all postings are appropriate.

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    • 1. vlockwood  |  June 14, 2008 at 6:57 pm

      This sounds very applicable in a classroom setting – as long a commitment is made by the teacher regarding the control concerns. However, with the notification component, that would help to make it more manageable. It is especially helpful to know it has been used successfully by other teachers. This is definitely a site I will explore further.

      Vicki

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    • 2. flofalatko  |  June 16, 2008 at 9:53 pm

      Dorothy,

      I’ve like the idea of using Wiki’s for extension work with some of my students. The need for MB concerns me since this is an issue anyways. I also worry abit about the control concerns. I wonder if any elementary schools have used this tool in instruction?

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    • 3. dsmith3  |  June 18, 2008 at 1:12 pm

      I would really like to see our cohort use a Web 2.0 tool like this or Google docs to comminucate. I makes so much more sense than to email. Think about it:)

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    • 4. dmnovotny  |  June 19, 2008 at 1:40 am

      Hi Dorothy,
      I have been wondering what a wiki even is, thanks for clarifying. This seems to have a lot of uses as you pointed out. It just seems like the monitering would be difficult….seems like a job for someone; monitoring new wikis 😉
      Dana

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    • 5. dmorrison2  |  June 23, 2008 at 10:27 pm

      I agree that this might be a good way to communicate when taking a course rather than email. I like the idea it tells you when a new comment has been added.

      Reply

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