Tonight I was preparing to work on my wiki for the Digital Native Lunch and Learn Series that I will be facilitating at my school with 14 teachers. I have a long way to go for building my wiki. I had just visited Jennifer Wagner’s wiki on her new online project “Does this Commute” and noticed now nice it looked. So, I decided to ask my friends in the twitterverse their opinion about what wiki application they preferred and why. In a matter of a few minutes, I received the following suggestions and advice from my friends. The network is amazing!
Durff wrote: wikispaces is just easier to use than others.
JLWagner wrote: Tina — I am not an expert — but I use both Wikispaces and PB Wiki. Necessary to showcase both to provide options for teachers. IMHO.
Tina — if you know your html (or css) you can totally tweak PBwiki with the kind of look you wish. Just like with WordPress.
Tina — I like the toolbar of PBWiki a bit more — not sure why though. But I hate the side nav.box. I wish I could make it go away.
Tina — Please make sure you get the FREE “NO ADS” on both PBWiki and Wikispaces. You can’t get them on the regular page.
And Tina — you can also use WETPAINT too. Not that you aren’t overwhelmed enough already!
and TINA — if you have your OWN site…check to see if you have FANTASTICO loaded. If so, it will install wikis for you automatically!
John Pederson wrote: I love MediaWiki, but it requires setup and has a steep initial learning curve. (It’s what Wikipedia runs on.)
Wikispaces is a very close second though…very easy to get into.
Yes. Go for Wikispaces.
K. Christopherson wrote: pbwiki. The interface is easy, the plugins work wonders and my staff likes the idea of pb!
I’ve used both wikispaces and pb. I found the pb site easier to navigate and didn’t have as many problems getting back to home.
zoho also has a wiki. Although not as popular it is another alternative – goes with the whole zoho suite.
they just might be the people who would use a wiki – great place for them to store information!
Ryan Bretag wrote: If it is an educational blog, you can tweak the themes to adjust the “box” feel.
sorry blogs on brain… I meant wiki. If it is, you can do major tweaks for free. If not an ed wiki, upgrade needed
you can switch to edu. by going to your wiki > manage space > subscriptions and at the bottom you can make the request.
Chris Betcher wrote: I like the simplicity of PBwiki with a single password, but I prefer the granular control of wikispaces. wish it had better tables.
Sharon Peters wrote: mediawiki needs to be installed on your own server and then twiddled with to make usable – wikipedia uses MW as software
media wiki is open source software = free! You could certainly host on your internal server.
installed it myself a couple of months ago to play with – pretty easy – just have a few tweaks for file uploads (jpgs)
you may want to look at this – http://www.wikimatrix.org/ – comparison chart of wikis
wetpaint site – http://tinyurl.com/2b5dv7
wetpaint site created by friend’s ed grad students last summer about web 2.0 tools
Image by Chad Anderson
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