In the classroom,
a wiki is a free
James has assigned a team research project.
What can he do to encourage the students to work
together, share resources and create high quality work?
Three great ways to communicate
“It's so easy to create a site
to help guide students along
with projects. I have found
that it's a good way to make
handouts available to
students - I just point them
at the web address. I post
links to my PBwiki sites on
Rockford's site so that
parents can access project
guidelines as well.”
Rockford High School
Possibilities in Physical Education:
-PE Website for parents/students
-Collaborative website: e.g. creating games
-PE portfolio’s - PE Dictionary
-Brainstorming - Class Notes
-Group Work - Research
-PE teacher network - PE resource
-50 Ways to use wikis in classroom
Many types of Wikis: Examples
Free wikis for education!
Wetpaint Wiki: TGfU Wiki
Wikispaces: PE Wiki
PEAC courses at U of A
School PE wikis
Mary wants to be sure her
protected from the wider
How can she make certain
her online site is off
limits to child
How can she be sure that
her students won’t be
drawn onto the web?
YOU control who sees your wiki
You invite your students
Each student has a unique login and
are free and
Jamie wants to make
certain her students act
appropriately on line.
Will her students write
How can she monitor her
You have a history of every
You are notified of every
No more “dog ate my homework”
Edits are time stamped. You know who made
changes and when they were made.
Wikis are Free and Easy to set up
No IT department is needed!
Teachers can make
easily available to both
students and parents.
With easy to use plugins
you can create a
Quickly create new pages
Templates designed with teachers in
Educator wikis are free, fast and ready
Create one now at
Let’s get practical!
We are all going to build a wiki right
The Web as
here, right now.
Don’t worry if you do not know how
and when you will use it as you can
delete the wiki at any time.
Also, you can create a new wiki any
time you want, for free!
Steps of creating your own
Go to www.pbwiki.com
Click on quot;Try it now“
Click on quot;Create an Academic wiki“
Select the quot;freequot; one
Create a name for your wiki - remember, you
can't change the URL once you create it but
you can always make a new one.
Follow the steps of setting up a wiki
1) Who can see the wiki
2) Who can edit?
3) Full control: only have
people on it that you
(This may not be optimal
for a class website as
you may want
parents to be able to
view the content)
Notifications & RSS
From experience, I tend
to unclick that so my
students do not receive
multiple emails when
they sign up for the wiki.
when you go to
RSS is a method for subscribing to changes
made on your wiki so you can see what has
changed more easily. Most web browsers
include RSS readers, and generally show a
feed icon somewhere near the address bar
(the icon is orange in most browsers, but it's
blue in Safari.)
When you click this icon, you'll see a list of
available feeds. Here's what that looks like in
the Firefox browser.
RSS Feeds (2)
Your PBwiki has a few feeds you can
The Recent Changes feed includes all recent
changes on your wiki, including page edits,
comments, file uploads -- you name it.
Each wiki page has its own feed that only
includes edits and comments on that particular
Each folder has its own feed that includes edits
and comments made to any page in that folder
Creating a new page/ folder
Creating a folder:
“Page and Files”
New page or new file
Creating a new page:
Go to front page
Click “Create a Page”
Give your page a name
Put your page in a folder
Add a template
If you want your students to use the same
E.g. lesson plans, creating a game, writing a
paragraph, doing a project
You can create a page and by adding the tag
“template”, you create a template that you can
Let’s have a look at an example:
Editing a page
Use the “WYSIWYG” editor – as easy as using
Insert links/images and files
Upload files (create picture folder/ file folder)
Click on picture/file to insert where cursor is
Creating links between page makes a wiki
How to add a link?
Link to other wiki page
Link to new wiki page
Link to folder
Link to URL
Link to Email
Always remember to put the cursor where you
want the link to be.