Using a Wiki

These types of stories would be difficult to successfully publish with traditional means. While a novel might have many pages that the reader can flip through, most of my students’ short stories are just a few pages. One could waste paper, I suppose, by putting small sections of the stories on a single page, and then making the choices align to those pages.

For those looking to integrate a technology into the writing curriculum, however, I suggest the use of a wiki for this kind of project. I recommend this for a number of reasons.

First, a wiki is relatively easy to use by students and teachers. Wiki pages don’t need user registrations, so a teacher could open up a wiki during writing time and then, once the stories are complete, they could close the site back down, making it a published page.

Second, a wiki allows the use of hyperlinks, and for many students, the creation of a hyperlink into a story they have written gives it some magical quality. It’s as if the link itself makes it digital. We know this is not necessarily true, of course, but hyperlinks are a crucial backbone to the Internet. Allowing an opportunity for our students to not only to use linking as mechanism of connection but also to understand the associative nature of information flow is one of those learning opportunities a teacher should not pass up or ignore.

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