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Why use wikispaces in the middle school classroom? Directions on creating a wiki.

Why use wikispaces in the middle school classroom? Directions on creating a wiki.

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  • 1. Wikispaces for the Classroom
    Interactive Web Pages with Built-in Privacy and Protection
    Lauren Bott, St. Mary Magdalen School (
    Presentation can be found at
  • 2. Background on Use of Collaborative Tools
    Learning is a social process that requires interaction
    Requires active learning through participation
    Can clarify ideas and concepts through discussion
    Allows for work outside of class
  • 3. What is a wiki?
    A collaborative web page where membership can be set by the creator.
    A safe, private, classroom space for classroom discussion and work.
  • 4. Use wikis for what purpose?
    Information and resources
    Lesson Summaries
    Collaboration on Notes
    Concept Introduction
    Dissemination of Important Classroom Learning Beyond the Classroom
    Individual or Group Assessment Projects
    Postings of classroom video, teacher screencasts
    Classroom extension beyond school hours
  • 5. Currently Used For What Classes?
  • 6. 1: Current Events, General Interest
  • 7. 2: Resources
  • 8. More Resources
  • 9. 3: Directions
  • 10. 4: Assignment Requirements
  • 11. 5: Forms for assignments
  • 12. 6: Discussion
  • 13. 7: Collaborative Assignments
  • 14. 8: PowerPoint Presentations
  • 15. 9: Video
  • 16. 10: Screencasts
  • 17. Advantages of using Wikispaces
    Wikis are free to K – 12 educators using the link
    Wikis can be edited from anywhere, anytime
    Simple to add pages, edit
    Assignments can be submitted anytime
    Communication can continue outside the classroom in a safe environment
  • 18. Questions/Discussion about Wiki Use?
    How are you using wikis?
    If you’re not using them now, can you see the possibility of using them? For what kind of projects?
  • 19. Your Privileges as a Wiki Organizer
    Set up the wiki name (becomes the address)
    Setting permissions for the whole wiki
    Managing wiki members
    Changing the look and feel
    Locking pages so no one can edit them
    Deleting or renaming files and pages
    Can promote others to organizers as well
  • 20. Managing Your Wiki
    Look and feel
    Inviting people
  • 21. Click on “Manage Wiki”
  • 22. Setting Look and Feel
    Set the colors and theme of your wiki
    Upload a custom logo
  • 23. Choose theme and color
  • 24. Managing Permissions
    • Decide who can view or edit your wiki
    • 25. Manage permissions for individual wiki pages
    • 26. Under “People” click on “Permissions”
    • 27. “Private” is the suggested setting
  • Specific Permissions
  • 28. Inviting Members (with email)
    Go to Manage Wiki > Invite People to send an invitation email to the people who will be collaborating on your wiki. Just type in up to 100 email addresses or Wikispaces usernames, separated by commas or line breaks, and hit Send.
  • 29. Inviting Members (w/o email)
    If you are a teacher and need to add a whole class’ worth of student accounts, you can do it all at once by going to Manage Wiki > User Creator. You will be able to make accounts for all of your students, even if they don’t have email addresses.Keep in mind that every Wikispaces username must be unique. Try using numbers, or initials, or a first name-last name combination to create unique usernames.
  • 30. Where? In Manage Wiki
  • 31. Select Your Options to Invite People
  • 32. Look in Tools: Set Notifications
  • 33. If click on Changes Tab,
  • 34. Your main page is set up. Now what?
    Think about the pages and links you’d like on your homepage.
    What will students use the most?
    What do they need easy access to?
    What is the purpose of the page, and how can you divide it to make administration easier?
  • 35. Bottspot
  • 36. Add a Page
    To add a page, click on New Page in the toolbar.
    Give the page a title
  • 37. Set Page Name, then click Create
    Step 1
    Step 2
  • 38. To Put Links on Homepage
    Go to bottom of toolbar and click on “Edit Navigation”
    These should be links that would be used often
  • 39. Edit Bar Appears
    Add links to body of page, just below “Include Page List
    Type name of webpage, highlight, and click “link”
    Step 2
    Step 1
  • 40. Editing Your Page
    Once you’ve set up your page, you can add:
    Links within text
  • 41. Text
    Click on the “Edit” tab at the top of the page, and this box will appear
    Type as you would in Word
    You can always preview your changes and cancel or save
  • 42. Links
    To insert links, highlight text
    Click on Edit, and the Link icon
    Type the address in the External Link tab
    Then Click Add Link
  • 43. Documents
    In the edit tab, click on file
    Type the name of the file you want to upload. It will show up on the screen. Then embed. OR
    Consider using Slideshare to save documents and slideshows. Use embed code to add.
  • 44. Insert File
  • 45. Slideshare
    Set up an free account at
    Upload any of your documents or PowerPoint presentations.
    Slideshare will save them under your account, and give you an embed code.
    Caution: They will be available to the public.
  • 46.
  • 47. Advantages
    Students can review presentations and information
    Students have access to documents at home
  • 48. Adding Video
    From various sources: TeacherTube, Youtube,, Google
    The embed code is located beneath or to the right of the video.
    Copy it.
  • 49. Find Embed Code and Copy
  • 50. To Insert Video: Click on Edit, Widgets. This box will appear. Click on Video.
  • 51. Specify the original location of the video by clicking on box.
  • 52. Paste the embed code (this will place video on your webpage) and save
    Paste code here
  • 53. Other Widgets: Embedding GoogleDocs Forms
  • 54. Begin by Creating a Form in GoogleDocs
    Great for online assignments, surveys
    Go to and click on Create Form
    Once finished, you have the option of getting an imbed code
    Click on Form, Embed Form on webpage
    A box appears with a code
    Copy the code
  • 55. Embed Code
  • 56. Add the widget
    • Click on Edit, Widget
    • 57. Click on Other html
    • 58. Paste code in box
  • The form will appear on the wiki
    Students can answer questions online.
    All data entered in the form will go into a spreadsheet in GoogleDocs, viewable by you.
    Another suggested form: AnswerGarden (great for surveys; answers presented in Word Clouds)