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    1. 1. Wiki While you Work <ul><li>Kristin Hokanson </li></ul>an introduction to wikispaces
    2. 2. What is a wiki….? <ul><ul><li>a website that allows visitors to add, remove, edit and change content. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What is a wiki….? <ul><ul><li>a website that allows visitors to add, remove, edit and change content. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It also allows for linking among any number of pages and websites. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. What is a wiki….? <ul><ul><li>a website that allows visitors to add, remove, edit and change content. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It also allows for linking among any number of pages and websites. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is easy to use and an effective tool for collaborative authoring. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. How are wikis being used around the world...
    6. 6. What the Experts are Saying <ul><li>In what's been dubbed the &quot;wiki workplace,&quot; a growing number of organizations have begun shifting from traditional hierarchical structures to self-organized and collaborative networks, using wiki software—a basket of technologies that include wikis, blogs and other tools—to foster innovation across organizational and geographic boundaries. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power in Numbers: How wiki software is reforming bloated bureaucracies and changing the face of communication - Newsweek, August 6, 2007 </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. What the Experts are Saying <ul><li>The information and communication technologies that are transforming media, culture, and the economy are also reshaping how companies and employees function. New social computing tools such as wikis and blogs put unprecedented communication power in the hands of employees. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Wiki Workplace - Business Week, August 20, 2007 </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Who is Using Wikis? <ul><li>FBI, CIA, NSA </li></ul><ul><li>House of Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>European Union </li></ul><ul><li>United Nations </li></ul><ul><li>World Health Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of businesses . . . </li></ul>
    9. 9. How Businesses Are Using Web 2.0 <ul><li>80% reported the current use of some kind of system that shared their data with their partners on an automated basis </li></ul><ul><li>48% claimed that they had some kind of collective intelligence tool in place to allow employees or customers to make collective decisions </li></ul><ul><li>47% utilized some kind of peer to peer file sharing </li></ul><ul><li>37% made use of some kind of social network </li></ul><ul><li>32% initialized blogs for internal or external communication </li></ul><ul><li>21% aggregated information by using mash-ups </li></ul><ul><li>78% claimed that web services were the Web 2.0 technology/tool most important to their business </li></ul>How businesses are using Web 2.0: A McKinsey Global Survey – July 2007
    11. 11. Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0
    12. 12. Philosophy of Wikis <ul><li>The process is the product. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meaning is developed and guided out of the social interactions at the point where text is created. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One of the most obvious benefits of using a wiki is the ability to offer a quick way to collaborate textually, while creating a content rich web site. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where the knowledge of the group is greater than that of the individual, and the end product is the result of the group’s interactions. </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Each Wikispace has these elements <ul><li>Wiki Name </li></ul>Discussion Tab Page Content Space History Nav Bar: Other pages within the wiki User Information
    14. 14. Click Join this space
    16. 16. To add your ideas You join a space to edit the content. Once your membership is approved you can edit the content on any page in the wiki.
    17. 17. Navigation Pane <ul><li>The navigation on the left frame shows all of the wiki pages in the space. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Creating Pages
    19. 19. There are several ways to create a page in a wikispace Way #1 New Page Note: It is a good idea not to leave spaces in your page names
    20. 20. Task <ul><li>Create a page using your name. You can use this page for any notes or information from today’s workshop. </li></ul><ul><li>Use an underscore or dash in place of any spaces in your page’s name </li></ul>
    21. 21. Editing Pages
    22. 22. Click Edit This Page
    23. 23. The Editing Toolbar Will Appear
    24. 24. Basic Editing Functions <ul><li>Bold </li></ul><ul><li>Italicize </li></ul><ul><li>Underline </li></ul><ul><li>Font Size </li></ul><ul><li>Numbered List </li></ul><ul><li>Bulleted List </li></ul><ul><li>Insert Horizontal Line </li></ul><ul><li>Insert Hyperlink (URL) </li></ul><ul><li>Remove Hyperlink (URL) </li></ul>1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    25. 25. Inserting Links <ul><li>If you have a website that you want to add to your page… </li></ul><ul><li>Click on <Edit this page>. </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight the text </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the globe icon </li></ul><ul><li>Choose external link </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the weblink from another source. </li></ul>
    26. 26. You can also create pages in the link menu Way #2 Click on Link icon
    27. 27. Inserting Tables <ul><li>Click on the table icon </li></ul><ul><li>Select the number of rows and columns </li></ul><ul><li>Click Insert Table </li></ul>
    28. 28. Formatting Tables <ul><li>Clicking on any cell in the table will open the formatting menu </li></ul><ul><li>Individual cells, rows, columns, and the entire table can be formatted </li></ul>
    29. 29. Inserting Special Characters <ul><li>Click on the Special Characters icon </li></ul><ul><li>Select your character by clicking on it </li></ul>
    30. 30. Inserting Code <ul><li>Click on the Insert Code icon </li></ul><ul><li>Select the code language from the pull-down menu </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the code </li></ul><ul><li>Click Insert Code </li></ul>
    31. 31. Adding a Table of Contents <ul><li>Add this bit of html code to the top of your page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[[toc]] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The html code will pull all text designated as Heading into the Table of Contents as hyperlinks </li></ul>
    32. 32. Table of Contents <ul><li>Heading 1 text will be left most justified, Heading 2 will be slightly indented, and Heading 3 will be slightly more indented, etc. </li></ul>
    33. 33. Math Formulas <ul><li>LaTex support allows you to include mathematical formulas in your Wikispaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap your LaTex formula in [[math]] tags, and you can generate a formula like this: </li></ul><ul><li>For a comprehensive listing of LaTex math symbols, visit </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    34. 34. Explaining and Tagging Page Edits <ul><li>When you edit a page, you should complete the following two items (located on the bottom of your edit screen) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: short sentence or phrase to summarize what and why you edited the page (e.g. corrected spelling, inserted rubric, uploaded group product, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags: several keywords that indicate the nature/topic of your edits (e.g. Teaching The Tools, Class Contract, Podcast, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
    35. 35. Saving Page Edits <ul><li>After you have completed your edits, notes, and tags, click Save. </li></ul>
    36. 36. Task <ul><li>Add some content to your page </li></ul><ul><li>Play around with the font, color </li></ul><ul><li>Add links to another wikipage, a external website. </li></ul>
    37. 37. Inserting Images and Documents <ul><li>Click on the Tree icon </li></ul><ul><li>Click Browse to locate your file & upload it to the wiki server </li></ul><ul><li>Select if you want the document to be inserted as a file icon or hyperlink </li></ul><ul><li>Place your mouse on the page where you want your document to appear </li></ul><ul><li>Double click on the document’s icon on the menu </li></ul>1 2 3 5
    38. 38. Changing the Nav Bar <ul><li>New pages are automatically added to the sidebar. </li></ul><ul><li>You can modify the nav bar by clicking edit navigation </li></ul>
    39. 39. Editing your page <ul><li>NOTE </li></ul><ul><li>ONLY ONE PERSON can edit at a time. You may want to cut and paste your work from MS Word and save right away. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the discussion tab to communicate with a group. </li></ul>
    40. 40. Discussion Board <ul><li>Reading, Creating, and Replying to Discussion Topics </li></ul>
    41. 41. To add your ideas Each page has its OWN discussion tab Click on the discussion tab to add your thoughts.
    42. 42. Discussing your work <ul><li>Be sure your message includes a subject so people </li></ul><ul><li>know how to respond </li></ul>
    43. 43. Task <ul><li>Reply to the discussion on the HOME page </li></ul><ul><li>Click on one of the pages on the left nav bar and leave a comment for another workshop participant </li></ul>
    44. 44. Other Features
    45. 45. Wiki-messaging
    46. 46. Task <ul><li>send a message to someone within the workshop group </li></ul>
    47. 47. Profile
    48. 48. Account Settings
    49. 49. Task <ul><li>Change your time zone and set account information </li></ul><ul><li>create a basic profile </li></ul>
    50. 50. Application of New Literacies <ul><li>Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content </li></ul><ul><li>Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details. </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities </li></ul><ul><li>Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal </li></ul><ul><li>Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities </li></ul><ul><li>Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms. </li></ul>Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century - Henry Jenkins
    51. 51. Are Wikis Safe? <ul><li>Thus while wikis are very open, they provide a means to verify the validity of recent additions to the body of pages. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The most prominent, on almost every wiki, is the &quot;Recent Changes&quot; page—a specific list numbering recent edits and discussions within a given timeframe. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>With an educational wiki, you can also change the settings so that only site members can see the page </li></ul>
    52. 52. Tracking Changes
    53. 53. Recent Changes: Edits
    54. 54. Recent Changes: Discussion
    55. 55. Recent Changes: Notify Me
    56. 56. Creating a New Wiki <ul><li>Make sure you are signed into Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>Go to: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    57. 57. Managing Space
    58. 58. Managing your space <ul><li>As the wiki site organizer, you can manage all of the following from the Manage Space link. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name, description, copyright license </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look and feel (colors, template) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members and permissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscription </li></ul></ul>
    59. 59. Look and Feel
    60. 60. Members and Permissions
    61. 61. Widgetize Your Wiki
    62. 62. Inserting Dynamic HTML: Widgets <ul><li>Click on the TV icon </li></ul><ul><li>Select the icon that corresponds to the widget type you are inserting. </li></ul><ul><li>I usually select Other HTML . </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the Embed HTML code from your widget into the text field and click Save. </li></ul>
    63. 63. Some cool tools to embed
    64. 64. Common Questions... Photo by bast (Creative Commons License: Attribution) http: //
    65. 65. Is there an easy way to register students? <ul><li>If you don't want your students to have to create accounts themselves, just email [email_address] with a list of usernames, email addresses (if you have them - if you don't just leave them out), and passwords in the following format and they’ll create the accounts for you. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>user1,,password1 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Length of Usernames and Passwords </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Please make sure that usernames are at least 3 characters long (we allow letters, numbers, underscores _, or dashes -) and that passwords are at least 6 characters long. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Which Space? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finally, make sure to let us know which spaces we should add them to as members. </li></ul></ul>
    66. 66. MORE INFO Kristin Hokanson k r i [email_address] ht tp:// r/view/KHokanson Skype: kristinhokanson