I'm sure that everyone has heard of wikis but not everyone has tried them as their digital classroom. I've been working with wikis (love the alliteration possible with "wiki") for three years and I'm still convinced that they are the superior digital tool for the classroom. I could go on singing their praises for a long time but instead I'll refer the reader to previous blog posts about the wonders of the wiki (there's that alliteration again!). I'm including a prezi I made when I presented to LCEEQ in February 2010 about the digital classroom.
Unfortunately, the prezi presentation does not stand alone and will only give you the briefest of ideas of how powerful wikis can be. Readers can also use this public wiki I made to accompany that presentation. One of the great things about pbworks is the simplicity and accessibility of their platform. You can keep your wiki private and allow only your students to access it or you can make it public and still control who can contribute. And all of this is FREE. If you want more control, then you need to buy the premium version that allows you to hide and/or lock pages and folders.
Prezis are my favorite way to present anything because of the dynamic movement of text and images on screen. Importance of ideas is created by hierarchy of text size and the zooming effect around prezi's infinite canvas. Embed prezis on blogs, wikis and webpages that you create for your classroom is very easy. It is not very difficult to learn but I do recommend looking at the onsite tutorials to help you on your learning curve. My students love prezi and last year began using it as a platform for presentations instead of powerpoint. Anything to avoid 'death by powerpoint' is a good thing! Here's a tutorial that uses prezi.