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Wikis in Plain English from Common Craft

Lee Lefever and Common Craft, creators of the great video RSS in Plain English are at it again. This time they've put together Wikis in Plain English, a 3.5 minute basic explanation of wikis that 1) shows the key features of a wiki and 2) makes it clear why wikis are preferable to email when it comes to working on collaborative projects. Check it out, especially if you're trying to explain to your coworkers the wonders of wikis.

Other Wiki Resources:

Introduction to Wikis from my Web 2.0 in Nonprofits Wiki

The Three Wiki Tools Recommended by Lee and Common Craft (I've used all three and they're easy, even for novices):

  • Wetpaint --has the most options for templates, so if you're looking for pretty, pretty wikis, then I'd start here.
  • PBWiki--my Web 2.0 in Nonprofits Wiki was created using PBWiki
  • Wikispaces--I use this one the most and have used it for both work and personal projects.

Beth Kanter's Posts on Wikis --Be sure to check out this post, which has some good basic links.

Wikipatterns--a great toolbox of "patterns and antipatterns" that will help you spur colleagues into using wikis and identify problems that may be hindering adoption and growth of wikis in your organization.

Learn more about wikis through this Learning 2.0 23 Things project activity.


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Thanks for the wiki links. I'll be visiting them as I prepare my presentations for teachers in the upcoming school year. It's so great to be able to find and share such great resources. btw, I like pbwiki. I've tried wikispaces and pbwiki and found the latter to be more suited to what I do as an administrator with more widgets and add-ons. For what it's worth.

Glad the links were helpful, Kelly. And thanks for the PBwiki recommendation.

Thanks so much for the Wiki link. I can't believe how timely this is! I am giving a presentation to a very large group of mostly non-techie folks at work and was about to start developing my outline. Now I can just launch into the specifics of the Wiki tool we are using at work and how they can get the most out of it.

Thanks also for your kind and supportive words to my post "I'm Back... and What Happened?" It means a lot coming from someone as experienced as you.

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