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    Please summarize your assessment of the applicability of wikis as a cloud-based tool and the use of the Cloud for self organized learning environments for our educational system in a short response. Please try to address the following issues somewhere in your presentation:

    Your understanding of how a wiki works and the kinds of things that can be used for
    Your assessment of the wiki model as a representation of the cloud computing approach
    Your specific comments regarding the video from Columbia University and how they use their wiki
    A summary of the thoughts you have regarding the applicability of the cloud computing model to the work of Trident and our students

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    How a wiki works:
    Wikis are cloud based authoring tools. Participants can edit the work in progress and their contributions are tracked for accountability. For an individual who has an internet connection and a browser, he clicks on the wikis page edit link, the script sends the text to the individual's browser in an editable form allowing the person to modify the content of the page (1). When the person presses the save button the modified text is sent back to the wiki server, which replaces the existing text file with the changed version. Wikis work because it is a flexible collaborative communication tool which helps create content specific web sites. The wikis work because people add material to the page. The wiki is useful because it is on the internet and can be accessed and contributed to from any part of the world where there is internet access. In the field of education wikis allow teachers and students to collaborate in activities that might not be possible in classrooms (2).

    Wiki model as a cloud computing approach:
    Cloud computing refers to the use of a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. A wiki is a collaborative software that runs a system that allows web pages to be created and edited using a common web browser. It is implemented as a ...

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    The response provides you a structured explanation of wikis and their use in education. It also gives you the relevant references.

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