Wikispaces.com: What is a wikispaces
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This website is designed to showcase the various ways wikis can be integrated into a 21st century classroom. By providing working examples and tutorial information about designing and implementing wikis, our hope is that you will be able to use this fantastic technology in your classroom!

Contents:

The World of Web 2.0 What is a Wiki?Getting Started Ways to Wiki Wikis as WebsitesWikis as Discussion BoardsWikis for Projects and Collaborative LearningWikis for Professional Development external image teacher2.php


Getting Started


  • Are you a visual learner? Click Here for some great tutorials on using wikispaces!

  • If you are new to wikis, you might want to check out the teacher help page for answers to some commonly asked questions. If you want to get started, the video tutorial with one of the wikispace creators makes it extremely easy to do!

  • Wikis WYSIWYG editor is easy to use. Just click on the "Edit this Page" tab and start typing! Below is a list of the available tools on the text editor.

Wikispace Basics


Short tutorial videos that show you how to...

Helpful Links


Editing Tools


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This is an advanced text edit tool that will allow you to change the font, size, color and alignmnet of your text.

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These are your Hyperlink buttons. after highlighting a piece of text that you wish to turn into a link, select the left button to add a link. Then link can take you to another page on the wiki or any web address you like.

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This toolwill insert a horizontal line to help break up your page into sections. Warning---this tool can be quite quirky!

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Use this tool to browse your computer and upload files from your computer. Almost ANY type of file (pictures, video, other software, etc.) can be uploaded. Just remember if the program used to create the file is not on the users computer, they will not be able to open it.

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This tool will allow you to embed widgets and insert HTML codes. If you wish to put a teacher tube or you tube video, just copy and paste the "embed" code from the site into the HTML box under this button.

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This is the table creator. Tables can be useful for organizing information on your site. This is an example of a table.
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This is the special character tool to insert Greek symbols, language accents, fractions, etc.

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This tool will allwo you to insert HTML or other computer editing code. Personally, I have never used it so I can't really elaborate!


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Food for Thought


  • Setting Up Your Space--Think about what you want to do with the space when you set it up. Maybe you just want to start with a simple discussion prompt and use the discussion tab? Maybe just a basic class website with links to your different classes? Maybe you want to set up an individual page for each student in your class? Whatever you want to accomplish, knowing this ahead of time will help you to structure your page. Of course, with wikis you can start very basic and build it as your needs change! Browse the waystowiki examples for some ideas!

  • Protected vs. Private--Many teachers opt to make their spaces "protected" and not "private." Doing so allows non-members to view but not edit the pages (the wiki you are viewing now is Protected, for example).

  • Student User Names--Given that wikis are often set to be viewable by non-members, you may want to encourage or even require your students not to use LAST NAMES in the wiki. Creating wiki accounts provides a good opportunity for you to discuss the concept of online identity with your students.

  • I Forgot My Password!--Most of us could be better managers of our user names and passwords. Make a record of student user names in case they forget. Encourage them to be wise in password design. Encourage them to write down their user names as well as a reminder for their password (but never the actual password).

  • No Email? No Problem!--For students with no email, you can use your gmail account with a little trick: Suppose your gmail address is "teacher@gmail.com" and you have a student named Joe Schmoe. Enter his email address as "teacher+joes@gmail.com. Any email sent to that address will come into your gmail account. This can be a very handy workaround!

  • Choosing a Group Leader or Organizer--Although wikis are meant to be collaborative in nature, it is often helpful, especially with high school students, to assign the role of overall organizer to one student. It is also a good idea to meet with these organizers privately to talk about how to use their leadership position to keep things running smoothly and 'looking good'. During that meeting, it is important to brainstorm and suggest ways for the leader to seek input from the group members to avoid becoming a 'dictator' - one of the easiest ways, of course, being to use the 'Discussion' tab inherent in each wiki page, to discuss changes in format, additional content, etc.

  • Customizing Your Page--you can change the settings, permissions and the look of your space under Manage Space link in the upper left. If you want to customize your space even more, check out https://gettingtrickywithwikis.wikispaces.com/. This will give you a few HTML codes to customize your wiki beyond the norm. For example: The frame background on this page was created with HTML from this page. You also might try using Glogster to customize your pages. Click here for an example of this.

  • Check out
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    for some in-depth information about how to take a wiki beyond just an information source and toward a truly collaborative resource.

  • Wiki Widgets!--you can also add widgets to your page like the one below from Widget Box. Just find a widget you would like to add, copy the "embed" code it gives you, then paste it under Other HTML under the
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    button on the editing toolbar. It's that simple!


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Printable Documents

Feel free to modify these to fit your needs!

  • external image msword.png Web 2.0 for parents.doc Since some parents may be a bit leary of the Myspace/Facebook concept, this is a flyer I make available for them. It explains the concept of Web 2.0 and explains what a wiki is ane how it will be used in the classroom



  • external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png Creating Wiki Accounts for an Entire Class.docxIf you would like Wikispaces to set up accounts for your students and avoid having them join themselves, this is a great option. It is also the only way you can turn off the private messaging function of wikispaces.