A Wiki is a type of Web site that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change some available content, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring.

Very simply put, a wiki is like a website that people can edit, add to and change.
Permissions can also be put in place so that only certain people can view or be allowed to change a wiki.

There are MANY different places you can create and use a wiki for free.
One of these great places is Wikispaces (where this wiki is hosted)
The great thing about Wikispaces is that they give away advertising-free wikis to educators.

This video describes in 'Plain English' what a wiki is, how it operates and how it could be useful... and all without using any technology!

This WIKI WALK THROUGH is amazing and will further help you understand what a wiki is, how they are different to blogs, ideas for how to USE a wiki, benefits of using a wiki and decisions you need to make when planning your wiki.


To get an advertising-free wiki (normally costing $50/year) from Wikispaces CLICK HERE!=

Choose a username (eg rachelboyd) and a password; then enter your email address and complete the fields.

[Your space name is what your wiki will be called (for example this wiki's space name is "nelsoncentral" and it appears at
You will probably want to set your wiki to protected or private to start with.]

NOTE: The below is just a photo of the screen you will be presented with: click HERE to get your free wiki

Skills you will learn how to do are:

  • edit and save a page
  • Add a title, highlight it, and change its size
  • Make text bold, italicis and underline
  • Add bulleted items
  • Add a numbered list
  • Insert a horizontal rule
  • Insert a hyperlink to a site
  • Upload a document or photo
  • Create a new page
  • Add to the menu down the side
  • Insert media using html code (eg slideshow, teachertube etc video)

The Basics

  • Click on 'Edit This Page'
  • You can then start typing directly onto the page.
  • If you want to format your text in any way, you will need to highlight the text you want to change and then use the buttons on the toolbar.

How do you do that? - Tutorials

Tutorial on how to make a new page for your wiki

Tutorial on creating your navigation (menu) down the sidebar

Tutorial on Editing

Tutorial on using the Discussion Board

Wikis of Note: