Susan Sedro in Minnesota, U.S., has some thoughts as she helps a colleague create wikis for his classes.
- They need to be readable by families and other schools.
- They need to be protected to some degree from spam, but still allow outsiders to leave comments.
- They need to track who makes what changes, so we can track malicious editing back to the person who did it.
Moodle fails #1, PBWiki fails #3. Only Wikispaces can hack all three, but
Wikispaces meets all three criteria, but at a price. Each child receives a separate invite. Accepting the invitation makes them a member of Wikispaces and of our wiki. Since each child is a separate member, the wiki can track which user makes which changes.
But a Wikispaces person comments:
At Wikispaces, when teachers need accounts for students who don’t have email addresses we create the accounts for them in batches. The teacher just sends us a list of usernames and passwords which we create and which they can dole out as appropriate. Email addresses aren’t neccessarily needed.