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  • Using PBWorks in the Classroom
    By Jason Horadam
  • What is a wiki?
    First wiki - wikiwikiweb – Ward Cunnigham
    Hawaiian word for quick – quick web
    Collaboration tool
  • Why use a wiki in my classroom?
    Children have a sense of ownership
    Ideas are explored in detail and expanded upon
    Great for digital portfolios
    A place for sharing work and ideas
    Can be worked on from home and school
  • How are wikis used outside of education?
    Wikipedia is the most well known and used wiki to date. Let’s look at the way a Wikipedia page is set up to help us understand how to set up our PBWorks pages.
    George W. Bush learns to use Wikipedia
  • Very popular for education
    Has a discussion tab on each page
    Same functions basically as PBWorks
    DET has it blocked for student access
    Example of a wikispaces wiki
  • What can my class do with PBWorks?
    Class Resources - Publish class notes, PowerPoint lectures, schedules and policies; show off examples of great student work.
    Group Projects - Build collaborative pages, start discussions and encourage comments.
    Parent Outreach - Keep parents involved. Post assignments, key dates and volunteer lists. All available at home, from work, or anywhere.
    Student Portfolios - Give students their own page to post content, upload homework, and share their work.
    Expand Horizons - Share and interact with other classrooms or groups, across town or around the world.
    Looking for more ideas?  Check out our educator community to see what real teachers are doing with PBworks in their classrooms.
  • PBWorks Plans
    PBWorks has three options for teachers to consider.
  • Signing up to PBWorks
    Be careful when choosing your subdomain name as it can’t be changed once the account is set up.
  • Signing your kids up to PBWorks
    Go to settings tab
    Click ‘Classroom accounts’
    Select the number of children you wish to add
    Select their permission level – writer would be sufficient to stop them deleting important data
    Record names and adjust usernames
    Don’t use full surnames
    Print out passwords
  • Important Note
    Ensure that kids do not go to and try to log in as they will not be able to.
    They need to go to the URL for your workspace eg.
  • Permissions
    Classroom and Campus editions allow you to grant specific permissions to users
    Five permission levels in PBWorks:
    Page Level Only
  • Permissions cont.
    Access workspace security options via ‘Settings’ tab
    You can also edit permissions on any individual page as the administrator via the menu on the right hand side of the page
    ‘Control access to this page’ options
  • Settings
    Using the settings tab you can modify:
    Details of the wiki
    Colour scheme
    Import a school logo
    Export a zip file of all pages and content for a personal backup