These four friends are going on a camping trip. They need to bring the right supplies because they're backpacking. The group needs to plan and plan well, so coordination is key. They're all computer users, so they start planning with an email. It's start with one, but then becomes a barrage. Email is not good at coordinating and organizing a group's input.
October 3, 2011 By: John Orlando, PhD in Teaching with Technology I’ve long said that professors who want to explore teaching with technology should begin with a social media tool rather than a Learning Management System. Web 2.0 tools are simple to use, invite student collaboration, and are usually less administratively clunky and complex than an LMS. One of the easiest and most powerful tools is the regular old wiki. Wikis are simply web pages that can be edited by their users.
Starting this month, Wikispaces is offering free wikis to higher education . It’s the logical next step for us, all things considered. Where it started Over five years ago, we had what we thought was a great idea: take 100,000 of our wikis, make them ad-free and private, and load them up with our great Plus features, then give them away — for free — to K-12 educators. That went so well, we decided to give away 250,000 more. After that, we just kept going and going.
Note: the name "MediaWiki" is often confused with several other, similar, names; please see the glossary for an explanation of these. MediaWiki is wiki software, released under the GPL , that is used by Wikimedia projects and others . It is an implementation of a wiki , a content pool that anyone can freely edit.