Tom posts some interesting thoughts on some of the things we need to think about as implementation of Weblogs and wikis and such continue to evolve.
And the classroom is a demanding environment for wiki software, too. Most wikis are only edited by a couple people, at a fairly slow pace, so the fact that two people can’t edit the same page at the same time is generally not a problem. Wikis can’t handle having twenty five students trying to edit the same pages concurrently, or 90 kids all trying to add links to the homework page at 9:30 pm. Which is not to say that wikis won’t work, but the teacher will have to make sure they don’t end up with too many students trying to edit the same page at the same time.
While I was in Bernie Dodge’s great workshop about wikis and Weblogs as WebQuests I was thinking a lot about our idea to create a media literacy wiki for students to create the text. I really want to pursue the idea, but I also need to do lots more preparatory thinking on how to make it work.