Using Wikis


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Using Wikis

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