Creating a Classroom WikispaceThis tutorial will guide you through steps to create a classroomWikispace. It would be beneficial to go through the entire lesson oncebefore creating your own Wikispace to get a feel for what Wikispaces aretheir benefits to educators.ET502Jennifer BouskaTiffany KileJulie Stout
What is a Wikispace? Wikispaces are groups of web pages that canbe edited by anyone. As the creator, you canset your permissions to allow certain peopleto view and edit your page. “Wikis are simple web pages thatgroups, friends, and families can edittogether. Starting your wiki at Wikispaces isfast, free, and easy.”– www.wikispaces.com
Where can I locate Wikispaces? Wikispaces can be located at the internetaddress below.◦ www.wikispaces.com
What is a Wiki page? A Wiki page is a page within a self createdWikispace.What would I use a Wiki for? Collaborative writing Discussion Brainstorming Classroom Information/Newsletters Networking
What does a Wiki look like? Here are some educational Wikis you canexplore before you begin.◦ www.kile4.wikispaces.com◦ www.jen283.wikispaces.com◦ www.daviesteach.wikispaces.com◦ www.cm4eric.wikispaces.com
What do I need? A computer with internet access Basic knowledge of PowerPoint and usingthe internet 45 minutes of dedicated work time tocomplete this lesson
Tasks Addressed1. Getting Started2. Creating a Wikispace3. Personalizing and Editing4. Add a Page5. Start a DiscussionGo On Stop and Try
Getting Started Open your internet and type the Wikispacesaddress in the address bar. www.wikispaces.com Select and enter your own username andpassword.◦ Example: username -ET502 email – ******@bears.unco.edu password - ******* Then click “Get Started.”
Creating a Wiki Page◦ Click “Create a New Wiki.”◦ Choose your Wiki Name and enter it into the box tothe right of “Wiki Name.” Choose a name between 3 and 32 characters long. A wiki name must be at least 3 characters long. A wiki name can contain only letters, numbers, andhyphens, without any spaces, and it cannot start with a hyphen. A wiki name cannot be blank. Our lesson Wiki name – ET502
◦ Select a “Public”, “Protected”, or a “Private” Wiki type. If you want others to be able to edit and view your Wiki without beingmembers, choose a “Public” Wiki. A “Protected” Wiki can be viewed by anyone, but only edited by Wikimembers. A “Private” Wiki is not free and can only be viewed and edited by Wikimembers.◦ Select the “Wiki Type.” Wiki Type For teachers there is a “K-12” option and a “HigherEducation” option. For this tutorial, we are selecting “HigherEducation.” K-12 Higher education Business Personal Non-profit Government Other I prefer not to answer Click the “Create” button.
Invite members to your Wiki◦ Go to “Manage Wiki” People Invite people Add in the email addresses of all the people that need to bea part of this wiki page and send. You can find and add new members by going to Managewiki, members. If you created a “Public” Wiki you do not need to invitemembers since the page is meant to be viewed and editedby outside members.
Eliminating Advertisements◦ Go to “Manage Wiki” Settings Click on “Subscriptions” Scroll to the bottom Select free educator upgrade Confirm you are using the Wiki for educationalpurposes Submit◦ The advertisements will be removed within afew days!
Editing Personalizing your Wiki◦ Wikispaces will provide you with a message toassist in this process. Editing your page◦ If you are not at the home page, click ”Home”◦ Click on the “Edit” button on the upper rightside of your screen to begin editing your Wikipage
Delete preset text◦ Clear out the text that comes with your new Wiki.You do this with the “backspace” or “delete” key onyour computer’s keyboard. This is similar to any textdeletion on the computer. Begin adding your own text Start by typing your “Welcome Message” tostudents, parents, or peers When finished, press “save.”
To change font formatting on yourpage, highlight the text and click onthe “T-color pallet.”◦ This function allows you to change “textcolor”, “text alignment”, “verticalposition”, “background color”, andadding “strike through.”
To change the color, click the “Text Color”box. Click on your new color and then “ApplyStyles.” Click the “Save” button after making anychanges.
To insert a link to an outside webpage◦ Click “External Link” Type in the words you would like to be hyperlinked into“Link Text” box Type the address in the address box If you would like the linked website to appear in a newwindow, check the “New Window” box Click “Add Link” Click “Save”
Insert images◦ You must first be sure that you have a picturefile saved on your computer. You can Use an existing picture file or photo Save a picture from a website or document to yourcomputer To save, find a picture you would like and right click on it Then select “save image as” and choose the location tostore your image◦ You are now ready to upload your image toyour wiki!
Insert images or file◦ Click upload files to find a file currently on thecomputer◦ Then click file to upload Embed file Post it directly to the page Link to file Create a link to take the worker directly to a site.
Embed Widget – insert outside movie(example: Teacher Tube or You Tube)◦ Click on the “widget” button◦ Choose a Wikispaces widget or a categoryprovided to you◦ Click “save”
Inserting and manipulating a table Click insert “table” Define your table Number of columns Number of rows Insert table Click “save” To change table size after creating, click on the table anda small table will appear. Click on small table and a menu will allow you to choosewhat you want to change. Click “save” To re-align the table within the Wikipage, click on thetable and a small table will appear. Click on the small table and a menu will allow you toalign your table at the right, left or center of the page Click “save”
◦ Preview Before saving any work, you can preview what changesyou made. This will allow you to decide to keep yourwork or discard it.◦ Cancel This button will cancel any changes you have madeprior to saving. It will take you back to the last pagethat you saved.◦ Save One of the most important buttons to push. Be sure tosave any work that has been done unless you want tolose it.
Changing the Color or Theme of your Wiki◦ Go to “Manage Wiki”◦ Click on “Look and Feel” Click on “Themes and Colors” Choose your theme from the samples Choose a color scheme Click “Preview” to view the layout on the screen You can choose: “Preview” “Preview and Customize” Change the colors to your exact specifications. “Apply” Remember to click “Save” to keep your choice
Add a Page Click “New Page”◦ Give your page a name◦ Click “Create”◦ Edit your new page the same way you didyour initial page.◦ Your new page will be listed on a sidebar ofyour Wiki page. Click on the new page name to view the page.
◦ To insert a link to another page in your Wiki Click “Link” Insert the name of the page that you want linked to this page. Give it a name: Link Text Attach it to a current page within the Wiki Click “Add Link” Click “Save”
Start a Discussion Click on the discussion tab at the top of yourWiki page.◦ Select “New Post” Name a subject and type in your discussion topic. If you would like email reminders when discussionshappen, click on monitor this topic. Click “Post”◦ Click on discussion subject name to reply to thepost.◦ Type in your reply and click “Post.”◦ The moderator for the discussion will receive anemail saying you replied.
Under “Manage Wiki,” whichbutton do you press to change thelook of your Wikispace?a) Content Managerb) Badgesc) Look and Feeld) Space UsageAnswer: c) Look and Feel
Under “Edit,” which button do youpress to change font formattingsuch as color and size?Answer: a) T-color pallet
True or false, once I begin to edit, Icannot go back.Answer: False, by pressing cancel, theWiki will go back to the previouslysaved choices.
Under “Edit,” which button do youpress to align text?Answer: d) T-color pallet
Which button do you press to add apage?a) Templatesb) New Pagec) Tagsd) ExportsAnswer: b) New Page
Under “Discussion,” you can postyour discussion question by…a) Clicking on “Search Posts”b) Entering your question into the blankboxc) Clicking “+ New Posts”d) Double clicking the “Discussion” buttonagainAnswer: c) Clicking “+ New Post”
Under “Edit,” which button do youpress to add a picture to your page?a) Widgetb) Linkc) Filed) TableAnswer: c) File
True or False, the discussion buttoncan be found along the top of thehome page.Answer: True, the discussion button isBetween “Page” and “History” tabs at thetop of the Wiki.
Under “Edit,” which button do youpress to add a video to your page?a) Videob) Previewc) Widgetd) MovieAnswer: c) Widget
Under “Manage Wiki,” whichbutton do you press to changeprotections so that only certainpeople can view your page?a) Permissionsb) Content Managerc) Wiki Infod) User CreatorAnswer: a) Permissions
True or false, I can upload large filesto share with others.Answer: True, the Wiki page is capableof very large files.
True or false, I am the only personwho can edit my pages.Answer: False, depending on thepermission level that the Wiki is set at,you can determine who can edit mypages.
Under “Manage Wiki,” whichbutton do you press to eliminatethe advertisements?a) Membersb) Notificationsc) Wiki Statisticsd) SubscriptionAnswer: d) Subscription
True or false, Wikis are unsafebecause anyone can edit them atany time.Answer: False, a Wiki can be set atdifferent levels of permissions to allowfor collaboration on many differentlevels.