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Using Blogs and Wikis

Access to online communication is essential. Two free, easy-to-use tools for online communication are blogs and wikis.

What is a Blog?

  • An easily created, updateable website that allows an author or authors to publish instantly to the Internet from any Internet connection without using Web editor software.
  • Not built on static chunks of content.
  • Engages readers with ideas, questions and links.

Check out Blogs in Plain English, a YouTube Video by Lee Lefever

How do I get started?

  • Sign up for a free and easy- to-use blog at Blogger.
  • Click the Take a Tour button for an overview.
  • Click the orange arrow and follow the step-by-step directions.
  • Create as many blogs as you want with levels of privacy.

What is a Wiki?

  • A website where anyone can edit anything anytime without using Web editor software.
  • Use “edit page” link to add content to website.
  • Wikipedia.org is an example.

Check out Wikis in Plain English, a YouTube Video by Lee Lefever

Join the tactips wiki to build a Web 2.0 Tools site together. Contact tac@nvcc.edu to be added as a participant.

How do I get started?

  • Use PBWiki
  • Click View Demo button.
  • Click Create a Wiki button and follow the step-by-step directions.

Other free tools with free hosting and levels of permissions and access

Blog Resources



Richardson, Will. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Corwin Press. 2006

Wiki Resources