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Wiki ideas for math, science, history and literature courses

Idea with a Post-it noteA wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents that has many class uses.  In our last post, we discussed general wiki ideas; today we’ll get specific with suggestions for Math, Science, History and Literature classes.


  • Calculus or statistics space for difficult problems so students can collaborate to find solutions and see different approaches to the same tasks.
  • Applied concepts where students discuss and illustrate the actual use of concepts in daily life.
  • Detailed and illustrated descriptions of mathematical procedures with examples of daily use.


  • Students create a taxonomy of living creatures including illustrations.
  • A repository of experimental designs and lab reports for a chemistry class.
  • Detailed and illustrated descriptions of scientific processes or observations from field sites, such as water-testing in local streams or weather observations.


  • A mock-debate between candidates on specific political stands.
  • Detailed and illustrated descriptions of governmental processes.
  • A documentation of local historical buildings, events, or people within a community.


  • An online poetry or writing tutoring center facilitated by students.
  • Students write scripts for a Shakespeare scene reset in the 21st century and explain the differences in literary devices then and now.
  • A catalog of musical styles, musical instruments, fashion, or phrases used in literary readings.

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About the author

Cheri Crabb, PhD, Academic Technology Consultant with TLT, has a career in academia focused on instructional design and development using integrated electronic media systems for blended learning.

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