wikiHow About That!

How-tos and tips from folks around the globe

When I open a browser, my Google portal displays the day’s weather, news, my gmail and my virtual aquarium. At the bottom of the page are wikiHow links. This morning I was having my coffee, and for no particular reason, clicked on wikiHow’s Tips for Networking I enjoyed reading the article compiled by a collection of authors listed at the bottom of the page. I could have added to the article and become a member of the author list, but I hadn’t consumed enough caffeine for that. If I wanted, I could have embedded the entire page on my blog, but I didn’t want to. I might have rated the article for accuracy, if I wanted, but again, I didn’t. I noticed the spotlight article was How to Say I Love You. They have articles from How to Grow Beans to How to Collect Payments from Your Customers.  I had a second cup of coffee and browsed the site.  Talk about collective intelligence.

How would I use this in the classroom? …. ARE YOU KIDDING?! What a wonderful collaborative class project on tips or how-tos on a course topic. This is a very creative, engaging way to have your students meet their learning goals, don’t you think? I’m going to try it.

2 thoughts on “wikiHow About That!

  1. Hi Nancy,

    I work for wikiHow and saw this post come up in my Google Alerts this morning. I’m really happy that you had such a positive reaction to wikiHow (I’m pretty proud of it myself!). We think that wikiHow can be a great educational resource and that it would be wonderful to have students use wikiHow as a tool to learn about the process of collaborative creation. Please feel free to contact me either on my wiki talk page or via our support email wiki(at) if there’s any info we can provide. Thanks again for the kind words.

    Chris Hadley


  2. Chris,

    The wikiHow template and the tools are easy for educators to use in the classroom. You kept it simple. Teachers don’t have time to learn new software. This is an excellent critical thinking and collaborative intelligence teaching tool. It’s engaging to students because others outside of their classroom can contribute. It broadens their thinking scope…takes them outside of their classroom. Students will put more time into a project if they know they’ll be seen outside of the classroom. This can be used with language, economics, math, sciences, art, history, you name it! This is an example of how Web 2.0 technologies are useful in education.


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