Why Wiki … To… Stimulate Minds Enhance Learning Engage students Presented by Yvonne Nikora and Sandra Cooper July 2010
What is a Wiki ? • A Wikispace, in simple terms, is a group of web pages with “edit” buttons on them. You can collaborate with anyone you choose on your wikispace. • It is a place where you can keep information about your classroom and where you can place independent activities for children to do to support your class programme. • It is a place to create and share with teachers, students and parents where you can share and celebrate successes and milestones. • Wikispaces are simple enough for anyone to use, but have enough sophistication so that you can be creative and get things done.
Wikispaces are very flexible and you can do many things with them. • As an educator you can use your wikispace to: • post activity sites for independent activities • post homework assignments • facilitate a classroom project • collaborate with an international classroom • communicate with parents or other teachers • provide a wiki for classroom discussion and feedback. Why have a Wiki ?
Setting up a WIKI Manager/Administrator • Creates the wiki • Decides who has permission to view the wiki. • PUBLIC - PROTECTED - PRIVATE - CUSTOM • Invites and accepts requests for membership. • Sets permissions for members by locking or making pages open for editing. • https://www.wikispaces.com/site/tour/permissions
Creating A Wiki • www.wikispaces.com • Click “Get Started” • User name…password (no spaces or capital letters) • Protected free • Wiki type … K – 12 Education (Primary and Secondary) … join • Close “Getting Started” • Left icon …”Manage Wiki”… Settings … Subscription … Upgrade here … request compliment upgrade …Tick ‘I verify” … request (by doing this you remove all the advertising that appears at the edge of your wiki) • Go back to Manage Wiki to begin developing your pages • Settings … Look and Feel … Themes and Colours … • On your home page create a navigation bar ( think of about 4-5 pages eg: Maths, Literacy, Inquiry Learning etc) • Edit navigation … Click in box to remove widget … put your cursor where you want your heading to go Go to link icon … type your heading in the bottom tab …add link . Repeat these steps for all your navigation headings.
Creating your page Entering Text • Edit Page • Type in your text • Edit the text using the B, I, U and T icons (to alter size, colour and background of the text) • Save
Creating your page Entering Links To A New Page: • Using the navigation menu, choose the page you wish to work on. • Click – Edit Page • Write the text link you want on your page e.g. students name. • Highlight the name • Click on the CHAIN LINK *** • Click on ADD LINK • Click SAVE on the edit tool bar
Creating your page Inserting a URL • Open a new tab • Choose the URL you want and copy it • Return to the wiki page that you are working on • Click – Edit Page • Paste the URL onto the page • Click - Save
Creating Your Page Inserting a Picture • Find your picture and save it to a known file. • Go to the wiki page and put the cursor where you want the picture to be. • Click – Edit Page • Click on the FILE icon on task bar. • Click on UPLOAD FILES. • Find and open the picture file • Click on the picture, enter the caption (if required) • Click on - Save
Viewing the WIKI Guests • Can access the wiki • Cannot edit the pages • Can use the links Members • Can access the wiki • Can edit pages and interact with activities on the pages
Inviting • Manage wiki • Invite People – Enter email address (if they already have an account on wikispaces, use their current wikispaces user name) • Personalise the message • Click send (The children will receive an email inviting them to join the wiki, they need to accept this and create an account) • Go back to MANAGE FILE - now you can view the new members.
TIPS • When clicking on a url that is on the wiki: • Right click on url • Open new tab / window This opens the new link on the task bar above your wiki. This enables you to flick between windows without having to go back and lose your place.
Explore these Sites eBestICT Cluster http://centre4.interact.ac.nz/spaces/spacemap.php?space_key=13303 Getting Tricky with Wikis http://gettingtrickywithwikis.wikispaces.com/ Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Schools http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/ Nati Cluster http://naticluster.wikispaces.com/LearnatSchool My class wiki url is… http://wokthinksters.wikispaces.com/ School Library Association of NZ Aotearoa http://slanzawiki.wetpaint.com E-books http://rellco.wikispaces.com Into the Book http://reading.ecb.org/