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Pbworks Tutorial

  1. 1. www.pbworks.com As easy as making a peanut butter sandwich! A tutorial created by Kim Creagh
  2. 2. <ul><li>This presentation will take you through the 5 steps (seriously) to create a collaborative wiki you can use tomorrow with your class. </li></ul><ul><li>To help you use this tutorial, there is a navigation page (like a table of contents) to take you to specific pages in the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the to move to the next page. </li></ul><ul><li>If you see a click on the to return to the navigation page. </li></ul>
  3. 3. GPS for this tutorial written for those who don’t like to stop and ask for directions <ul><li>Sign up for a workspace </li></ul><ul><li>Working with your wiki </li></ul><ul><li>FrontPage (this is the home page for your wiki) </li></ul><ul><li>Settings (security and access) </li></ul><ul><li>Creating student accounts (make sure you have access to a printer or paper before doing this step) </li></ul><ul><li>Pages and Files </li></ul><ul><li>Creating pages and folders for your students </li></ul><ul><li>Editing a page in the wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Viewing recent activity </li></ul><ul><li>Using the sidebar </li></ul><ul><li>Uploading files (images and files) </li></ul><ul><li>Applications in the classroom </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step One <ul><li>You will need to be on the Internet to access www.pbworks.com (the host for your wiki). </li></ul><ul><li>You do not have to be at school, any computer with Internet access will work. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to www.pbworks.com </li></ul>
  5. 5. Click “Sign Up” to create your wiki
  6. 6. Step Two <ul><li>The next screen will ask you to “Choose a plan that fits your needs.” </li></ul><ul><li>Look just below the header for the link that says “Are you a teacher or a librarian? Create an academic workspace.” </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the link for creating an academic workspace . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Click here to create your classroom wiki
  8. 8. Step Three <ul><li>PBworks has several options for educational wikis. The features vary (as does the cost), but the basic wiki features will meet your needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “Select” for the Basic Plan </li></ul>
  9. 9. Click on “Select” for the Basic plan
  10. 10. Step Four <ul><li>You will be asked to sign in with some basic information. </li></ul><ul><li>You may want to use a non-school email account (you can set the wiki to send you emails when the wiki is updated) </li></ul><ul><li>I suggest you choose an address that is easy for you and your students to remember. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: creaghmpe.pbworks.com </li></ul>
  11. 11. 1. Choose an address that is easy to remember and connects to your school 2. Choose “For education” 3. Create your account
  12. 12. Step Five <ul><li>Now it’s time to choose who will have access to edit and view your wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>You can change these settings later, but you may want to keep your wiki private until you are ready to share it with your students. </li></ul><ul><li>After you have chosen your preference, click “ Take me to my workspace .” </li></ul>
  13. 13. 1. You may want to keep your wiki private until you have introduced it to your students. 2. Be sure to accept the terms of service 3. Click “Take me to my workspace” when you are ready to continue to your wiki
  14. 14. <ul><li>You are now the proud owner of a collaborative wiki! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Working with your Wiki <ul><li>You should see your FrontPage, which is the same as a home page for a website. </li></ul><ul><li>To edit this page (or any other page in your wiki), click on the edit tab. </li></ul><ul><li>PBworks provides some examples to view, you can delete anything you don’t want (except the FrontPage and the Sidebar) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Your FrontPage is the homepage for your wiki To edit the pages in your wiki, click the edit tab Once you (or your students) log in, you should see your name
  17. 17. Settings <ul><li>Click on “Settings” to access your options for your workspace </li></ul><ul><li>Your settings options include: </li></ul><ul><li>About this Workspace </li></ul><ul><li>Security and Access </li></ul><ul><li>Creating accounts for your students (you will need a printer to complete this step) </li></ul><ul><li>Setting your email preferences </li></ul>
  18. 18. Click on “Settings” to manage your wiki (create student accounts, set security and access settings, select background colors)
  19. 19. About this Workspace <ul><li>This page includes the title of your wiki, a description of the workspace, and the contact email for alerts (if someone wants access to your wiki, letting you know about a change to the wiki, or to receive information from PBworks). </li></ul>
  20. 20. This is the title of your wiki, you may want to include a brief description of your workspace This is the email address for any alerts (people wanting access) or changes to the wiki
  21. 21. Security and Access <ul><li>This page will let you change the settings access to your wiki (viewing and editing) </li></ul><ul><li>You will be able to set up individual accounts for your students in the Users section </li></ul>
  22. 22. This is an important step for keeping your wiki safe for your students. Choose “Only people I invite or approve”
  23. 23. Setting up Student Accounts <ul><li>You will need access to a printer to complete this step </li></ul><ul><li>You can set up accounts for your students by clicking on the Users link on the Settings page (on the left side navigation bar) </li></ul><ul><li>Choose “ Create accounts for your students ” at the top of the screen </li></ul>
  24. 24. Click “create accounts for your students” You will need access to a printer to complete this step
  25. 25. Student Accounts: Step 1 of 4 <ul><li>Choose the number of accounts you will need for your class (or classes) </li></ul><ul><li>Choose “Writer” for their permission level for limited access </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Continue” </li></ul>
  26. 26. After choosing the number of accounts you will need (you can add more later), choose “Writer” for their access (you can change this later as well)
  27. 27. Student Accounts: Step 2 of 4 <ul><li>On this page, you will be able to give your students usernames for their wiki accounts. </li></ul><ul><li>It is recommended that you use initials or first names only for privacy and safety </li></ul>
  28. 28. When setting up your students’ accounts, you can choose their username and password (if you want to use a familiar one) or you can let PBworks choose for you
  29. 29. Student Accounts: Step 3 of 4 <ul><li>You will be asked to confirm your students’ usernames and passwords. </li></ul><ul><li>After confirming, a PDF of the account information will be generated for you to print, cut, and distribute to your students. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Check the list carefully, you can add more students later, but you will not be able to change these accounts once confirmed. The next screen will prompt you to print your account information
  31. 31. Student Accounts: Step 4 of 4 <ul><li>This page will ask you to print your account list. The list will be divided into strips for you to cut and distribute to your students. </li></ul><ul><li>You may want to copy a master list for your records. </li></ul>
  32. 32. You will cut apart and give to your students. You may want to make a master copy for your records.
  33. 33. Student Accounts: Print out <ul><li>Your print out will include a master list at the top and a divided list (for individual students) at the bottom. </li></ul><ul><li>You may want to make a copy before giving to your students. </li></ul>
  34. 34. After printing, make a master copy before you cut and give to students
  35. 35. Choosing Your Email Preferences <ul><li>To set the email preferences, click on “Notifications and RSS” under Access Controls on the Settings screen. </li></ul>
  36. 36. You can set your notifications options (receiving emails when the workspace is changed)
  37. 37. Pages and Files <ul><li>If you are in your Settings click on the Pages and Files Tab </li></ul><ul><li>If you are on the homepage (or other pages in the wiki), click on the Pages and Files link on the top right corner of the screen. </li></ul><ul><li>When you first create your wiki, PBworks provides example pages. You can select and delete everything except the FrontPage and the SideBar </li></ul>
  38. 38. These are sample pages. You can click the box beside Name to select all (but you will have to deselect FrontPage and SideBar before clicking Delete)
  39. 39. Deselect FrontPage and SideBar before deleting the sample pages
  40. 40. Creating Folders <ul><li>Click “New” on the Pages and Files screen </li></ul><ul><li>You will see a drop-down menu for “Create a page” and “Create a folder” </li></ul><ul><li>Once the page or folder is selected, you will be asked to name the page and choose either a blank page or a template. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Choose “Create a Page” or “ Create a folder”. Then you can name it and choose a blank page or use a PBworks template.
  42. 42. Edit a page <ul><li>To edit any pages in your wiki, click on the “Edit” tab. </li></ul><ul><li>You may want to create your text in Word first, and then copy and paste onto the wiki page. (I recommend this to my students as the editing options are more familiar in Word). </li></ul>
  43. 43. 1. Click on “Edit” to work on any page in the wiki. You may want to copy and paste from a Word document.
  44. 44. When you’ve finished working on the page, click Save
  45. 45. Reviewing Recent Activity <ul><li>Use the recent activity option to track your students’ work and interaction with the wiki </li></ul><ul><li>You can sort and view by pages, comments, and edits and see who made the change to the workspace. </li></ul><ul><li>The recent activity bar is located on the bottom right of the screen (this shows the most recent changes). To see older changes, click “More Activity”. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Recent activity shows you the recent changes and the member (by username) who made the change To see more activity, click on “More Activity”
  47. 47. You can view changes by pages, files, comments, page edits, and page deletes
  48. 48. Using the SideBar <ul><li>The SideBar can be used to provide links to frequently used websites, wiki pages, or resources. </li></ul><ul><li>You may also want to use it as a navigation bar for the workspace. </li></ul>
  49. 49. The Sidebar can be used for navigation or to show frequently used websites or other resources. To edit the Sidebar, click the link.
  50. 50. Uploading Files <ul><li>You can upload images and files to your wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>When in “Edit”, you will see an option on the right side of the screen to Insert links to files. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the type of file you want to upload or link (pages or images and files). </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the prompts to complete the upload. </li></ul>
  51. 51. Click here to insert a link or upload an image or file When you finish uploading your file, click Save
  52. 52. Applications in the Classroom <ul><li>Use the wiki as a Internet-based portfolio of your students’ work: </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Math Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Science Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies Study Guides </li></ul>
  53. 53. More Resources <ul><li>Click here to return to the InTechEd website: </li></ul><ul><li>http://sites.google.com/site/inteched/wiki </li></ul><ul><li>for more resources and information about </li></ul><ul><li>using wikis in your classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>You may also want to brainstorm with your </li></ul><ul><li>team for applications for your grade level. </li></ul>