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The Wiki Way


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Main presentation on using wikis in education. See my other presentations for the intro and teaser. …

Main presentation on using wikis in education. See my other presentations for the intro and teaser.

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  • 1. The Way Rachel Boyd, Nelson Central School August 2007 []
  • 2. Shall we start with the good news or the bad news about wikis? Good Bad News News
  • 3. The Good news: If you can use a word processor (eg. Word)… YOU CAN WIKI!
  • 4. The Bad news: “Wiki-ing” can be HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!
  • 5. Why s are great! They are free!
  • 6. Why s are great! They are easy to: set up, use update and monitor
  • 7. Why s are great! They are cross platform: [Can be used on PCs or Macs]
  • 8. Why s are great! They run on older computers
  • 9. Why s are great! They can run with a slower Internet connection
  • 10. Why s are great! They are available from home and school
  • 11. Why s are great! They facilitate collaboration
  • 12. So, what is a ? This video, by the folks at Commoncraft, explains the theory behind a wiki “in Plain English” without using ANY technology! [This presentation is embedded on my wiki page of notes: Should you wish to view the presentation again.]
  • 13. “A web page with an edit button”
  • 14. s are… A type of web site that allows users to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change some available content This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring.
  • 15. Two important buttons! When using a wiki there are two important buttons to understand and use. They are: and
  • 16. Types of s Space types: • Public: Can be viewed by anyone. Also can be edited by anyone. • Protected: Can be viewed by anyone Only can be edited by members of the space. • Private: Can only be viewed or edited by members of the space.
  • 17. Features of s
  • 18. Keeping s safe • Keep wiki ‘protected’ so only members can edit • Use students first names/initials only on the wiki and for user names • Track users’ comments in discussion tabs • Parents can be invited to join • Emails not necessary to sign up - email wikispaces with details instead • Use history tab to undo any ‘changes’ • School rules apply - have a wiki agreement or policy with students
  • 19. Top s to view Then click on “top wikis” on the sidebar
  • 20. Walkthrough Ways and ideas wikis can be used in the classroom Then click on “wiki tour” on the sidebar
  • 21. basics Creating a “space” Editing a page (using the toolbar) Creating a link Inserting pictures Uploading files/documents Creating a new page Using page history Using the discussion tab
  • 22. Top Tips Small edits Save regularly Use the history Refresh page before writing Make use of the discussion tab
  • 23. Let’s !
  • 24. There are numerous places to get and start a wiki for free. We will be using Wikispaces who provide advertising-free wikis to teachers and educators.
  • 25. More?? • Notes, presentations and tutorials on: [click on wiki workshop in the sidebar] • Links to top wikis and professional readings on: