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The handout for the pre-conference workshop at CATESOL 2010

The handout for the pre-conference workshop at CATESOL 2010

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  • 1. PCI #J. Motivate Your Students to Read, Write, and Communicate by Building a Collaborative Wiki Presenter: Barry Bakin Division of Adult and Career Education Los Angeles Unified School District
  • 2. Barry Bakin ESL Instructor, Pacoima Skills Center ESL Teacher Advisor for Technology, Evans Community Adult School, ESL Coordinator, South Gate Community Adult School Division of Adult and Career Education Los Angeles Unified School District [email_address] http://www.tech4esl.blogspot.com http://barrytrainsu.pbworks.com
  • 3.
    • All participants will sign up and get a wiki
    • All participants will be able to use basic wiki tools and complete basic tasks such as creating and editing a page, making links, inserting photos, giving students access and “reverting” to a prior version of a page.
    • All participants will learn about ways to learn more about developing their new wikis.
    Goals for today’s workshop
  • 4.
    • Participants will be introduced to more advanced wiki tools and options such as adding extra functionality by using “plug-ins.”
    Other Goals for today’s workshop if time allows
  • 5. What’s a Wiki anyway?
    • A simple way for an individual to “publish” information on the Internet
    • A simple way for a selected group of viewers/users of the wiki to change the information that is presented.
    • A way to preserve the changes
    • A way to keep a history of the changes
  • 6. Some Wiki characteristics
    • You can organize the order and relationship of pages
    • There are ways to determine who can make changes
    • You can keep them simple or add other features
    • Easy enough that students can learn to make changes in one lesson.
    • You can add images and/or video clips
    • You can “undo” changes easily
  • 7. Some ESL Wikis in action! The wiki my students use to listen to mp3 files I’ve created (instead of a podcast page) http://mrbakinsesl.pbworks.com/ The wiki my students created in collaboration with students from Burlington, Vermont. http://coasttocoast.pbworks.com/ The wiki my students are creating this semester in collaboration with students from Puebla, Mexico. http://pueblapacoima.pbworks.com/
  • 8. More Wikis of note…. Wikis created by former participants of this workshop! http://katalinlevel1.pbworks.com/ Katalyn Gyurindak’s wiki for her class (started in March 2010) http:// eslwiki.pbworks.com / Vincent Nunez-gives his students assignments and has them post their writing. http:// cbetexchange.pbworks.com / Liz Koenig created this site for CBET teachers to access and exchange materials and information. The OTAN wiki for Web 2.0 tools (Click on the Wiki link) http:// webtwopointohinadulted.wikispaces.com /
  • 9. Get your own wiki!
  • 10. Go to http:// pbworks.com Click on “For Education”
  • 11. Go to http:// pbworks.com Click on “Sign up now”
  • 12. Go to http:// pbworks.com Select “FREE”
  • 13. Fill in the simple form… and click “Next” This will be the actual URL of your wiki so make it easy for students to remember!
  • 14. You should see this screen next, so go check the your email!
  • 15. Check your email “inbox”
  • 16. Click on the embedded link (The old name for PBWORKS was PBwiki)
  • 17. “ Anyone” means anyone in the world! (Many educators recommend “Only people I invite or approve” if you work with young people.) Make some decisions about your new wiki Agree For editing privileges, keep the default setting. This combination of settings means that “outsiders” can see your wiki, but NOT change it. Click here!
  • 18. http://evanstechnologyoffice.pbworks.com/ … but the title that is displayed can be changed from the “Settings” page The URL can not be changed… Click on “Edit” to do just that, but before we do that, let me show you one more thing about the security settings... THIS is your NEW WIKI!
  • 19. http:// evanstechnologyoffice.pbworks.com / If you chose a private wiki, and somebody happens to try your URL… … they will be asked to log in or request access (remember that your wiki is “private”)
  • 20. http:// evanstechnologyoffice.pbworks.com / If you chose a “public” wiki, and somebody happens to try your URL… … they will see the Front Page of your wiki, but if they click on “Edit” they will be asked to request access or “Log in!”
  • 21. This screen will appear. They will fill in the required information and click “Send to administrator”
  • 22. This screen will appear. Once they’ve been approved, they’ll be able to edit the wiki!
  • 23. http://evanstechnologyoffice.pbworks.com/ … to change the title that is displayed and the “name” of your wiki. (add spaces or capitalize…) So let’s change your wiki name! Click on the “Settings” tab… This doesn’t change. It will always be the name of the first page of your wiki.
  • 24. http://evanstechnologyoffice.pbworks.com/ Type your new title here! You can change it at any time later… This is the “Settings” page. Click on “Save” Note: You can change the appearance of your wiki easily by clicking on the “Colors” link and there are other important links here as well, that you will want to come back to later.
  • 25. Use the various editing tools to do just that! Click “Save” when you’re finished! Let’s Start Editing! Click on “Edit” to get started! You should be very familiar with many of the editing tools! They just have fewer options: only a few sizes and fonts for example.
  • 26. Create a new page! Use the “Create a page” link near the top right …
  • 27. Create a new page! 1) Give your new page a name 2) Click here
  • 28. Your new page is ready to be edited! 2) Space down and type something like “Go back to the Frontpage” 3) Highlight what you just typed… 1) Insert a link back to the Front Page
  • 29. 1) Look for the list of pages on the right 2) Click on the “FrontPage” link – and everything you just highlighted will become a link to the FrontPage… Click “Save”!!!
  • 30. 1) Test the new link by clicking on it… 2) Did you get taken back to the Front Page?
  • 31. Did you get taken back to the FrontPage of your wiki? Now, repeat the steps and create a link on this page (the FrontPage) to the new page that you just created.
  • 32.
    • Click on the Edit tab
    • Place the cursor where you want the picture to appear
    • Click on the “Images and files” tab
    4) Click on “Upload files” Add a picture to a page!
  • 33.
    • Browse to the picture you want to insert and select it
    • Click on “Open”
    Add a picture to a page!
  • 34.
    • The file name of the picture will appear at the top of the list of files
    • 2) Click on the file name
    • (The image should appear when
    • the mouse rolls over the link.)
    Add a picture to a page!
  • 35.
    • The picture will appear on the page!
    Add a picture to a page!
  • 36.
    • Click on the picture to get standard editing handles
    • Use the handles to resize the image
    Add a picture to a page!
  • 37.
    • Use the “Justify” buttons to move the picture to the left, right, & center of the page
    Add a picture to a page! You can also add photos by “linking” to a URL of a photo that is located online somewhere by using the “Insert image from URL” link, but remember that many photo hosting websites are blocked at schools, so the image might not appear.
  • 38.
    • Add writers individually using an email address by typing in their email one at a time and clicking “add”
    • or – click on
    • “ user settings”
    Let others edit your wiki! (including students!)
  • 39.
    • Click on “Add more users”
  • 40.
    • Click here to add more multiple users using email addresses
        • 2) Click here to add students or anyone who doesn’t have an email address
    • 3) Click here to find out about the different types of participants and what they’re allowed to do on the wiki
    Let others edit your wiki!
  • 41. Add students without email addresses
    • Pick the number of students you want to add and type it in the box.
    • Decide what type of participant they’ll be
    • 3) Click “Continue”
  • 42.
    • Type the names of the students in the boxes.
    Add students without email addresses
  • 43.
    • Note that the usernames change to match the student names…
    • 2) Click “Continue”
    Add students without email addresses
  • 44.
    • This screen will appear
    • Check the spelling and edit if necessary…
    • 2) Click “Create Accounts”
    Add students without email addresses
  • 45.
    • Click on “Print Account List”
    Add students without email addresses
  • 46.
    • You’ll see the print dialogue and a list of usersnames and passwords on the next screen
    • Print the list, cut out the strips of paper, and pass them out to the students…
    Add students without email addresses
  • 47. “ Reverting” to a prior version of a page. Click on “Pages & Files” and this is what you see. All of the pages and files on your wiki are listed here. If you click on a page name, you’ll be taken to that page. You can also delete entire pages here. Use the “Revs” column to find all of the prior versions of a page.
  • 48. “ Reverting” to a prior version of a page. This page has been revised 4 times. Click on the number 4 to see a list of all of the revisions by date.
  • 49. “ Reverting” to a prior version of a page. This column tells you who made the revision Click on the links to see a copy of each version down to the second when it was saved. You can compare two versions or simply delete a version without even looking at it. This page lets you fix ANYTHING that your students mess up!
  • 50.
    • All participants will sign up and get a wiki
    • All participants will be able to use basic wiki tools and complete basic tasks such as creating and editing a page, making links, inserting photos, giving students access and “reverting” to a prior version of a page.
    • All participants will learn about ways to learn more about developing their new wikis.
    Goals for today’s workshop
  • 51.
    • Participants will be introduced to more advanced wiki tools and options such as adding extra functionality by using “plug-ins.”
    Other Goals for today’s workshop if time allows