Building a Class Website: Should I use a Blog or Wiki?

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I get this question all the time… usually after one my teacher friends has attended a “tech” seminar where the speaker mentioned something or another about Edublogs (blog) and/or WikiSpaces (wiki), so let’s examine the two platforms.

Blogs Wikis
Management Single Facilitator (teacher) Community (teacher & students)
Collaboration Discussions through commenting system Open editing for all content (depending on privacy settings)
Design Multiple themes available; Complete HTML & CSS access Limited
Expandability Plugins available (YouTube/Flickr integration, Polls, Calendar, etc.) Limited options
Privacy Built-in Built-in
Spam Software Managed Community Managed
Cost Free Free
Setup Simple Simple
Platforms WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Live Journal, Edublogs (powered by WordPress) WikiSpaces, PBWiki

The best uses for each platform:

  • Blogs work well for class websites meant to display information controlled and managed by the teacher such as daily activities, weekly assignment sheets, class rules, etc. They also have the capability to open discussions (through the commenting system) based on topics specified by the teacher and can be expanded (through available plugins) to integrate other features of your favorite Web 2.0 websites (YouTube, Flickr, Scribd, GoogleApps).
  • Wikis are great for class or group projects where students need to interact with each other and share researched information. Their collaboration features allow students to easily add and remove content and update the website at a moment’s notice.

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