Open up a web browser window and resize it to take up the other half of your screen, so you can do the tasks on your own wiki as you move through the slides.
Today we will learn:
How to log in to your wiki if you haven’t already done so.
How to set the frequency of email notifications from PBWorks Changebot
What’s on your wiki
How to edit a page
How to add a photo
How to delete a photo or file
How to make a comment
How to delete a comment
How your students will communicate with their pen pals
Logging In to Your Wiki
If the emails never show up, they may be getting spam-filtered. If you cannot access messages in your spam folder, try adding the address email@example.com to your email address book. If you still do not receive the emails, talk to your IT person – they may be able to add the domain @pbworks.com to your “safe list” or find out what else is wrong.
If you are a returning teacher, you can go directly www.my.pbworks.com and log in using your old username and password (or reset your password).
You should have received an email inviting you to your wiki. If you click the link in the email, it will take you to a page where you create your username and password. If you left that page without doing so, the link in the email won’t work anymore.
If the link in the email doesn’t work anymore, just go to your wiki (the URL for your wiki is in the email). Click “Request Access” and it will send you another invitation.
If you are not automatically taken to this screen, click “MyPBWorks” at the top left corner of your wiki.
On the MyPBWorks page, scroll to the bottom where it says “Preferences” - select an option from the dropdown menu.
We recommend you choose “At most once per day” -- at least at first, so that you are likely to catch any inappropriate student comments.
Your Wiki’s Front Page
You can edit every page on your wiki.
You are currently in VIEW mode.
Click EDIT above the title of the page, to update your front page with your name and location.
Editing a Page
You are now in EDIT mode.
Type in your name and location, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click SAVE.
Student Behavior Guidelines
Click the Student Behavior Guidelines link.
This is the FIRST THING you should do with your students.
DON’T let students post any last names, phone numbers or personal email addresses. Even though these wikis are private, we should have kids practice safe internet habits.
When your students begin commenting on their partners’ pages, make sure they know to be overly friendly and positive, and have them use the suggested comment format.
Getting Back to the Front Page
Click “Wiki” at the top left to get back to the front page from anywhere on your wiki.
At the bottom of the Front Page are links to the online quizzes your students will take at the end of each unit (approximately November, February and May).
Hold down the Control key on your keyboard while clicking on one of the links, and the quiz will open in a new tab.
Take the quiz if you like!
When you are done, go back to the tab with your wiki in it.
The Sidebar shows your photo gallery and your partners’ photo gallery.
Your Photo Gallery
On the photo gallery page, you can post photos of your class doing some of the activities.
Type any introductory text you want to use.
Look on the right side where it says Insert Links, and click Images and Files under that.
Click Upload Files under that, and it will bring up a little window where you can select the picture off your computer and click Open.
Adding a Photo
The file name should now show up in the list on the right.
Put your cursor where you want the photo to go.
Click on the photo name in the file list and it will be inserted.
Click on the photo and drag the corners to make it larger or smaller.
Don’t forget to click SAVE at the bottom of the page!
Deleting a File
To delete a file, such as a picture you have uploaded, you must go to the Pages and Files tab.
Check the box next to the file you want to remove, and click Delete at the top of the list.
As the teacher, you have “Editor” privileges, so you are able to delete any page or file, so be careful! Students cannot delete pages or files.
The Navigator Bar
Each student has their own page.
The page called Partner1 belongs to the student whose username is UserPartner1, and so forth.
When students log on, they can click on their page in the Navigator bar.
The Navigator shows a list of all the pages on your wiki, including the Curriculum page, the List of Partners, all student pages, and the Photo Galleries.
The Curriculum Page
Under each activity heading, there are links to all the websites and files used in teaching the lessons.
When you click on a PDF, it will appear in a page. Click on the image to open the file.
List of Partners
The List of Partners page can be filled in with students’ names.
NM1 is partnered with UserPartner1 and so forth.
If your class has fewer students than your partner class, assign two partners to a few of your students who will be able to handle more.
How Students Log In
You will receive a list of your students’ usernames and passwords by email.
Print out this document and cut it into strips for your students. Keep these in a safe place (for example, taped into each student’s science notebook.)
You have 30 student accounts. Just assign a student to each one of them.
To post a writing assignment, students will go into EDIT mode on their page and start typing under one of the headings.
Remind them to click SAVE at the bottom of the page.
Commenting on Partners’ Pages
To communicate with their partners, each student will visit their partner’s page and make comments.
Please have students start their comments by addressing their partner by name, and finish with their own name. This helps keep the discussion friendly and polite.
To submit, click “Add Comment” at the bottom.
As the teacher, you have “Editor” privileges which means you can delete students’ comments if you feel they are inappropriate.
As the program grows, we can no longer monitor what students say - this is your responsibility.
Please pay close attention to what your students are writing, especially at first, and revoke student privileges if necessary! We want this to be a fun experience for all.
Make sure all users (especially you) log out!
Unlike many websites, PBWorks does not automatically log users out when they leave the site.
If you do not log out, the next person to visit the wiki will be logged in as you! This is especially bad if it is YOUR account because then a student will have Editor privileges.
Remind students if they do not log out, other students may say who-knows-what in their name!