PBwiki has announced that they are offering educators who sign up as part of the 2008 PBwiki Program for Educators a free premium wiki (regular price: $250/year).

You can learn more about all the ways you can use a wiki in your classroom to enhance and support student learning over on the PBWiki Education page, or the PBwiki Educator Community. PBwiki's are 100% ad-free and totally private.

Educators can also use PBwiki Plugins to add multimedia content with a few clicks, including spreadsheets, calendars, chat rooms, videos, maps, photo slide shows, and more. If you have other embeddable widgets (like Google Gadgets), you can also insert them in your PBwiki.

To claim your free wiki, simply sign up using the following URL where you will be automatically be guided through the process of creating your free premium educational wiki:

http://pbwiki.com/?special=87937&refwiki=ningedu

Once you create your wiki, you will also be eligible to participate in PBwiki's Back-To-School Challenge, which will offer teachers like you a chance to win free school supplies and other prizes by sharing lesson plans, blogging, and offering tips on creating a collaborative classroom or library.

PBwiki University has lots of resources to help you get started creating your very own classroom wiki: http://pbwiki.com/content/supportcenter

The program is now open and runs through October 31, 2008.

Tags: collaboration, education, free, pbwiki, wikis

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I have been using pbwiki nearly since it started - well worth the few minutes it takes to learn how to do a wiki. Students do their own book reviews on the library wiki: http://penquislibraryreads.pbwiki.com/

The password protected site allows my library students to add their reviews and the rest of the school visits the site as a read-only.

I also use a pbwiki site for a local teacher organization to post meeting dates and member information. Plain and simple works well for those who are new to web work.

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