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  1. Wiki – It doesn’t have to be a 4 letter word! DeVaughn Resczenski Sharyland ISD

  2. What’s a wiki? • Collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. - Wikipedia

  3. What does wiki Mean? • Wiki is Hawaiian word for “fast” • Backronym of W.I.K.I. is • What I Know Is

  4. History and Background • WikiWikiWeb (a.k.a WardsWiki) • 1st true wiki • Ward Cunningham developed in 1994 • WikiWiki is name of shuttle bus line at Honolulu International Airport • Cunningham thought that WikiWikiWeb sounded better than FastWeb

  5. Why should I wiki? • Collaborate with friends/family • Classroom projects that require collaboration • Easy to use! (WYSIWYG) • What You See Is What You Get • Common Craft Video

  6. “There is only so much new information that a learner can ingest at one time. Learning proceeds more efficiently if students receive information in small chunks that are processed immediately.” - Robert J. Marzano “The Art and Science of Teaching”

  7. Q. How many Wiki people does it take to change a lightbulb? A. One, but anyone can change it back.

  8. Different wiki Providers • PBwiki ( • MindTouch ( • Deki Wiki • WikiSpaces ( • Google Sites (

  9. Other Alternatives – Install It Myself! • Deki Wiki ( • Tiki Wiki ( • Moodle Wiki ( • Based on Erfurt Wiki (WikiWikiWeb) • MediaWiki ( • Wikipedia is powered by MediaWiki

  10. OK, looks good…how do I start? • Self-Host or use provider? • Can I access the provider through my school’s firewall? • If not, can I make a case to have IT open up the site? • SISD has and opened up because of our Intel PT trainings

  11. Step 1 – Reserve the wiki • On the main page (, type in the name of your wiki to see if it is available and click Create • SPI – South Padre Island • TRAIN – training • WIKI – wiki • spitrainwiki

  12. Step 2 – Fill in Required Info • If your site name is available, will let you know. • Fill in your e-mail address and name

  13. Step 3 – Verify Your Humanity • To prevent “bots” from creating wikis, most sites will have a verification like this one. • Enter the code and click Create my Deki Wiki • (Deki Wiki is the name of the software that MindTouch uses)

  14. YOU DID IT!!!!

  15. Step 4 – Check Your E-Mail • will send you a confirmation e-mail with the login information for your Admin account. • You cannot log in without that information.

  16. Step 5 - Login • Type in the passwordfor your Admin acct.that you were e-mailed. • Click Login

  17. OK…So how do I add content? • To edit the page that you are viewing, click EDIT PAGE • To create a sub-page, click NEW PAGE • To print your page, click PRINT PAGE • For other options, pull-down MORE

  18. Considerations for student use • Even with a protected site, you must still follow your district’s guidelines for internet and privacy issues (like do not photograph) • If your students do not have e-mail accounts, you can use Google tags to create a “class” e-mail account and “sub” accounts • (entire class) • •

  19. How do I set up my students? • In • Go to the Control Panel and select User Management • Enter the user information for each of your students. • Set the role to Contributor if you want them to be able to edit and add pages • Set the role to Viewer if you want them to only be able to read your pages • Use the multiple user tool to make adding your class easier

  20. How do I use this with my class? • Project ideas: • Vocabulary lists • Create a page of words, and assign each to a student to find the definition and create a page with the definition. • Historical research • Start with the home page, defining the project and all of the different areas to research (like the presidents) • Assign each student an area to research • Allow students to link their pages to each other

  21. Ideas • “Choose Your Ending” story • Create a short story on the main page, and have each student create a sub page with their own idea of the ending. • Collaborative story • Have each student use their home page to create the beginning of a story • After a set time limit, have the students rotate to the next person’s page and continue the story……

  22. Ideas • Write out a Math word problem on the main page, and link pages to each of the important points of the problem. Give an explanation on the page as to why the point is important.

  23. Moodle wikis • Include a class wiki in your Moodle course • The editor is different from PBwiki and • To create a new page • Wrap the target word in brackets [] • [link] • When you save the page, a ? will appear, linking to the new page. • Click the ? and the new page will open in edit mode.

  24. Public or Private wiki? • Many wikis allow you to make your wiki private • Only registered users can view your pages • Protects your student pages • If you are on a wiki that allows anonymous users to edit pages, you should make the wiki private • If not, anyone could post ANYTHING to your wiki

  25. Public or Private wiki? • Privacy has it’s disadvantages • You have to create an account for EVERY user that you want to view your page • Parents cannot view student work unless you create an account for them • The “middle-ground” • Restrict anonymous access to view only

  26. Contact Information DeVaughn Resczenski Sharyland ISD