Guidelines for Student Use of Wikis

It’s important that students understand how to use Wikis and what expectations you have for their use of Wikis.

It’s also important that students have an overall understanding of how technology should be used at your school or district.

Following is a document that has an overview about technology with some general guidelines for Wiki use:

Technology in the Classroom

Guidelines for Use

General Guidelines for Students:

• All use of technology should be

“L – Legal – Illegally copied or downloaded software, music or games may be not used on any computer.

A – Appropriate – Only appropriate words and images are used and viewed – if inappropriate materials are viewed or received, it is the responsibility of the recipient to see that an adult is informed.

R – Responsible – Diligent care is taken with all hardware, systems settings and software to prevent damage, changing, or misuse.

K – Kind - Computer use does not in any way tread on the rights or feelings of others.”

Livingston, P. (2006). Pg. 145. 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work. Eugene, Oregon: ISTE.

Tool-Specific Guidelines:

Wiki Use

• Students should thoroughly read and sign instructions on the Wiki to be created for the class. (Note: this would refer to the content, research and other particulars needed. For instance, the Wiki might be on Civil War battles and so verification of sources, originality of posting, citation and attribution would be part of the requirements specific to the Wiki project.)

• Students will adhere to requirements about collaboration.

• Students will always signon using their own ID and password and will not make changes unless they are signed on to the Wiki.

• Students will make changes to other work after following a class-directed checkoff. (Note: this will probably become moot after a while but at first you want to be sure everyone isn’t undoing everyone else’s work too quickly and without a process being followed.)

However, before you frame parameters for your student, you may want to consider what Will Richardson says,

“…early implementations of Wikis in educational settings have shown that the more autonomy teachers give to students in terms of negotiating the scope and quality of content they are creating, the better.”

“…In using Wikis, students are not only learning how to publish content; they are also learning how to develop and use all sorts of collaborative skills, negotiating with others to agree on correctness, meaning, relevance and more.”

Richardson, W. (2006). Page 65. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.

You may want to create a rubric for your Wiki – a good place to do this is here: a free tool for teachers to create rubrics online.

Here are some other Wiki guidelines/rubrics from teachers using Wikis:

From APBioWikiWebQuest - A WebQuest for AP Biology 
(grades 11-12) - Designed by Shelly Peretz The evaluation part of this Webquest which results in a Wiki:

The Flat Classroom Project, again started by Vicki Davis, has an evaluation piece – you’ll need to scroll down: