PBWiki – Building a better wiki for the educational community

The DEN is all about the wiki.  We don’t just talk the talk, we use the tools we preach about.  We use wiki’s constantly for events that we host as well as internally to keep track of information within the company.  It’s a great way for us to communicate and collaborate together.

So far, I have to admit that there hasn’t been any wiki engine in particular that has stood out… until now.  PBWiki is really working hard to position themselves as the leader in educational wiki’s.  And they aren’t just providing lip service.

As part of their education advisory board, I got to see a sneak peek at some of the new stuff they’ve been building, as well as provide some feedback for new features.  I have to admit, they’re doing a killer job. 

Among the new features are easier entry paths for people who have never used a wiki, a way to build your presentation directly from your pages, a PDF exporter to make friendly printouts, even a tool to build an Acceptable Use policy!  Obviously they’re really keeping the needs of educators at the forefront of their work. 

Whether you’re new to the world of wiki’s, or somebody who has tried them all, PBWiki is definitely worth the visit.


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  1. Chris Champion said:


    I’ve been using PBWikis to conduct training for teachers – it is such an easy way to create content that I find myself going to PBWiki when I need to take notes, or to store information on the web (mostly text). I really welcome change enough that other users will find it easy to use – especially teachers. I’ll begin to use the Moodle Wiki feature (http://www.moodle.org/) in my classroom so that my students can contribute to a “live” document. My first assignment will be a vocabulary list that students will create, peer edit, and finalize before each test. Authentic, interactive, and student-focused!

  2. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Thank you for the great wiki source.

    For those of you who are working for a school district, have you had any issues with your district not wanting student content posted anywhere other than the school website?

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