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    Using Wikis Using Wikis Presentation Transcript

    • Welcome to Wikis
      • What are they?
      • What are they used for?
      • Examples of wikis in school and elsewhere
      • Setting up a wiki as a start!!
    • What are they?
      • The term wiki comes from the Hawaiian word wiki wiki , meaning quick or fast
      • Wikis are websites that can (usually) be quickly edited by anyone anywhere in the world
      • Some wikis will not allow anyone to edit them or will restrict access as the owners will set permissions
      • If you can use a word-processor, you can edit a wiki
      • Watch video clip “ wikis in plain English ” (4 minutes)
    • What can they be used for?
      • ABC Main Wiki – all pages here are public and collaborative.
        • Anyone can collaborate on a page (project or unit
        • of work or essay) wherever they are in the world
        • Easy to track who contributes what and when.
        • Newcomer to the ABC Wiki is a collaboration in practice from our Wiki – look at the History.
      • As a communication tool between teachers and students
        • This can take many forms and is very powerful for quality feedback to both the teacher and the
        • students
    • Also for on-line Courses
      • As course content, like an easy to write to website. You can upload documents, videos, photos, website links etc, like any website
      • ABC IB Maths – this is an example of course content for students rather than a collaborative document.
        • Students cannot contribute to this, but they can add comments.
      • Another example of course content that is collaborative - in the end we don’t distinguish between student or teacher input, as all are participants and add to the content to improve the resource.
      • If you follow the links on the ABC wiki you will find many links to curriculum wikis
    • Other uses
      • As a Resource List – perfect use for a wiki
      • As a workshop or presentation tool – this is just like a hand-out for a workshop or presentation, but allows all participants to have a say during or after the presentation.
      • A School’s wiki “ Hall of Fame ” – projects put up by students in a competition – look at tips for good wikis
      • As a discussion or debating forum
      • As a journal, record of work done or a note-taking forum
    • Blogs or Wikis – what to choose and when?
      • Blogs versus Wikis – video clip between “ Nixon and Kennedy ”
        • (4.5 minutes)
    • Wikepedia – the largest wiki in the world
      • Go to Wikipedia
      • Look at the El Salvador page’s history for 12 th January – reverted back and labelled as “vandalism”
      • Look at the ABC page – please add content
      • Wikipedia is an excellent source of information for " breaking news " stories (1.5 minutes)
      • Students should be encouraged to set up their own pages and create content on Wikipedia
    • Watch a wiki grow
      • This video traces the evolution of Wikipedia's Heavy metal umlaut page over a two year period.
      • It is too long so we will watch the first 2 minutes of it.
    • Creating a PBWiki site
      • Go to http://pbwiki.com/
      • Click on Create a Site
      • Choose a site name and an email address and that’s it
      • You will be sent an email
      • Click on the link and follow the instructions
    • Features
      • Adding a file
      • Linking to a URL
      • Creating a new page
      • Using the sidebar
      • Embedding a video or podcast
      • If you need any help in any of these features, you just need to ask