How can wikispaces be used to accelarate the learning of
literacy in Room 16?
SO, WHAT’S THE POINT?
• The purpose of this inquiry is to investigate how
wikispaces can be used in Room 16 to accelarate
the learning of literacy.
• Another purpose of this inquiry is for the students
to develop the skills and knowledge to manage their
SAMPLES OF WORK
HOW WE ARE USING WIKISPACES TO
ENHANCE THE LEARNING OF
• Authentic world-wide audience
• Sharing work with peers
• Links to literacy pages
• Home:school connectivity
Using Wiki in Education by Stewart Mader
Contains 10 case studies written by teachers that describe
how they’re using the wiki to transform courses and engage
today’s students in a range of environments including high
school, small college, major research university, online/
distance learning and research lab.
• Click on 'Edit This Page'
• You can then start typing directly onto the page.
• If you want to format your text in any way, you will need to highlight the text you
want to change and then use the buttons on the toolbar.
When you click on the Images and Files button , a window will pop up showing pictures
and files that have already been uploaded to the wiki. At the bottom of this window is an area
to upload new files and images.
Click on 'Browse' to locate a file or image on you computer and then
click on 'Upload'. When the file or image appears in the top part of
the window, double click on it to add it to the wiki page.
You will see another box saying 'Insert External Image by URL.' This
option means it doesn’t take up any of your storage allocation on the wiki but it is not
really a recommended practise as it is called ‘hot linking’ and means you are taking
bandwidth from the site where the image is stored. However, to use this method:
1. If you are using Firefox and right click on an image from the internet, you can
choose 'Save Image Location'. This copies the URL of that image. You can then
paste the URL into the bottom box and click 'Load'. When the picture appears,
double click on it to add it to the wiki page.
2. If you are not using Firefox, click on an internet image to open it on a page by itself.
The URL for that image is normally the address in the browser address window.
Copy this address and paste it into the bottom box and double click on it when it
• Managing wikipages are easy.
• Monitoring wikipages for accuracy is on-going
• Manage wikis using ﬁrefox. Safari has issues when saving
• Use screenshots(command+shift+4) to upload images
• Higher levels of student engagement
• Students are motivated by thier audience’s approval
WHERE TO NEXT
• Promote our wiki in family homes with fridge magnets
• To upload voicethreads, podcasts of book reviews
• Build an audience by inviting members to join our wiki
• UsePixton comic website to create storyboards, graphic
• Use spelling city to improve spelling