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Online Collaborative Writing

Blogs and Wikis to Explore

Directions:  Pick two online articles from the to read and evaluate:  One on Webblogs; one on Wiki Webs.    Write a one-paragraph summary of each article to post on the class Wiki (

Collaboration with Blogs and Wikis - Provides easy-to-understand definitions and examples of both technologies and suggestions for educational use.

Blogs and Wikis: Environments for On-line Collaboration  Language professionals have embraced the world of collaborative opportunities the Internet has introduced. Many tools -- e-mail, discussion forums, chat -- are by now familiar to many language teachers. Recent innovations -- blogs, wikis and RSS feeds -- may be less familiar but offer powerful opportunities for online collaboration for both language professionals and learners.


Teaching and Learning Online with Wikis   Discusses collaborative online writing and future wiki research plans. Highlights Wiki projects that illustrate how wikis can enhance the process of teaching and learning online - such as the Icebreaker project.

What is a Wiki - Includes definition as well as upsides, downsides and lesson ideas

Wicked (Good ) Wikis   Faster than a speeding blog, more collaborative than a powerful intranet — they can't quite leap tall buildings in a single bound, but Wikis can enable bottom-up socialization.

Wiki Bibliography - lots of Wiki links 

Educational Wikis: features and selection criteria  (research article)  This report discusses the educational uses of the ‘wiki,’ an increasingly popular approach to online community development.

Wikis described in plain English  - Good place to start for basic definitions and explanation about Wikis.

Collaborative writing tool - writely, writeboard, wiki  - a Blog entry about the writely and writeboard collaborative writing tools including a comparison of the two tools.


Weblogs in Education  Describes how teachers and students are using Blogs to effectively break down the walls of the classroom, integrating teaching and learning with local and virtual communities.  This article has links to news articles and examples of educational projects.

Writing with Web Logs  - Describes online writing and student publishing using Blogs.  Examples are given for use of Blogs in English and Journalism classes.  

Weblogs FAQs - A blog on blogs

Guidelines for Blogging - Including suggestions for students.   This link is also a Blog and provides a place to read and provide comments.

A Blog for Elementary Students  This site hasn't had a post for awhile, but it is a good example of potential use of a blog for elementary students.

Can Blogs help Students?  As the debate about blogs changing the face of journalism rages on, many media courses have already started including the topic in their curriculum

Blogging Across the Curriculum  A course resource page full of links and information about Blogging in Education

The Educated Blogger: Using Weblogs to Promote Literacy in the Classroom This paper explores the importance of literacy and storytelling in learning, and then juxtaposes these concepts with the features of blogs. The paper also reviews examples of blogs in practice.

Blogs: A Disruptive Technology Coming of Age? To blog or not to blog, that is increasingly the question for those of us supporting our academic communities.

Webblog on Weblogs in Education This blog / weblog is devoted to understanding the best pedagogical and other uses of weblogs and wikis in higher education