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Wikispaces for the classroom 2

  1. 1. Wikispaces for the Classroom<br />Interactive Web Pages with Built-in Privacy and Protection<br />Lauren Bott, St. Mary Magdalen School (<br />Presentation can be found at<br />
  2. 2. Background on Use of Collaborative Tools<br />Learning is a social process that requires interaction<br />Requires active learning through participation<br />Can clarify ideas and concepts through discussion<br />Allows for work outside of class<br />
  3. 3. What is a wiki?<br />A collaborative web page where membership can be set by the creator.<br />A safe, private, classroom space for classroom discussion and work.<br />
  4. 4. Use wikis for what purpose?<br />Information and resources<br />Lesson Summaries <br />Collaboration on Notes <br />Concept Introduction<br />Dissemination of Important Classroom Learning Beyond the Classroom <br />Individual or Group Assessment Projects<br />Postings of classroom video, teacher screencasts<br />Classroom extension beyond school hours<br />Communication<br />
  5. 5. Currently Used For What Classes?<br />Library<br />Algebra<br />
  6. 6. 1: Current Events, General Interest<br />
  7. 7. 2: Resources<br />
  8. 8. More Resources<br />
  9. 9. 3: Directions<br />
  10. 10. 4: Assignment Requirements<br />
  11. 11. 5: Forms for assignments<br />
  12. 12. 6: Discussion<br />
  13. 13. 7: Collaborative Assignments<br />
  14. 14. 8: PowerPoint Presentations<br />
  15. 15. 9: Video<br />
  16. 16. 10: Screencasts<br />
  17. 17. Advantages of using Wikispaces<br />Wikis are free to K – 12 educators using the link<br />Wikis can be edited from anywhere, anytime<br />Simple to add pages, edit<br />Assignments can be submitted anytime<br />Communication can continue outside the classroom in a safe environment<br />
  18. 18. Questions/Discussion about Wiki Use?<br />Problems/Concerns<br />How are you using wikis?<br />If you’re not using them now, can you see the possibility of using them? For what kind of projects?<br />
  19. 19. Your Privileges as a Wiki Organizer<br />Set up the wiki name (becomes the address)<br />Setting permissions for the whole wiki <br />Managing wiki members <br />Changing the look and feel <br />Locking pages so no one can edit them <br />Deleting or renaming files and pages<br />Can promote others to organizers as well<br />
  20. 20. Managing Your Wiki<br />Look and feel<br />Permissions<br />Inviting people<br />Pages<br />
  21. 21. Click on “Manage Wiki”<br />
  22. 22. Setting Look and Feel<br />Set the colors and theme of your wiki <br />Upload a custom logo <br />
  23. 23. Choose theme and color<br />
  24. 24. Managing Permissions<br /><ul><li>Decide who can view or edit your wiki
  25. 25. Manage permissions for individual wiki pages
  26. 26. Under “People” click on “Permissions”
  27. 27. “Private” is the suggested setting</li></li></ul><li>Specific Permissions<br />
  28. 28. Inviting Members (with email)<br />Go to Manage Wiki > Invite People to send an invitation email to the people who will be collaborating on your wiki. Just type in up to 100 email addresses or Wikispaces usernames, separated by commas or line breaks, and hit Send.<br />
  29. 29. Inviting Members (w/o email)<br />If you are a teacher and need to add a whole class’ worth of student accounts, you can do it all at once by going to Manage Wiki > User Creator. You will be able to make accounts for all of your students, even if they don’t have email addresses.Keep in mind that every Wikispaces username must be unique. Try using numbers, or initials, or a first name-last name combination to create unique usernames.<br />
  30. 30. Where? In Manage Wiki<br />
  31. 31. Select Your Options to Invite People<br />
  32. 32. Look in Tools: Set Notifications<br />
  33. 33. If click on Changes Tab,<br />
  34. 34. Your main page is set up. Now what?<br />Think about the pages and links you’d like on your homepage.<br />What will students use the most?<br />What do they need easy access to?<br />What is the purpose of the page, and how can you divide it to make administration easier?<br />
  35. 35. Bottspot<br />
  36. 36. Add a Page<br />To add a page, click on New Page in the toolbar.<br />Give the page a title<br />
  37. 37. Set Page Name, then click Create<br />Step 1<br />Step 2<br />
  38. 38. To Put Links on Homepage<br />Go to bottom of toolbar and click on “Edit Navigation”<br />These should be links that would be used often<br />
  39. 39. Edit Bar Appears<br />Add links to body of page, just below “Include Page List<br />Type name of webpage, highlight, and click “link”<br />Step 2<br />Step 1<br />
  40. 40. Editing Your Page<br />Once you’ve set up your page, you can add:<br />Text<br />Links within text<br />Documents<br />Video<br />Widgets<br />
  41. 41. Text<br />Click on the “Edit” tab at the top of the page, and this box will appear<br />Type as you would in Word<br />Font<br />Changes<br />You can always preview your changes and cancel or save<br />Lists<br />
  42. 42. Links<br />To insert links, highlight text<br />Click on Edit, and the Link icon<br />Type the address in the External Link tab<br />Then Click Add Link<br />
  43. 43. Documents<br />In the edit tab, click on file<br />Type the name of the file you want to upload. It will show up on the screen. Then embed. OR<br />Consider using Slideshare to save documents and slideshows. Use embed code to add.<br />
  44. 44. Insert File<br />
  45. 45. Slideshare<br />Set up an free account at<br />Upload any of your documents or PowerPoint presentations.<br />Slideshare will save them under your account, and give you an embed code.<br />Caution: They will be available to the public.<br />
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  47. 47. Advantages<br />Students can review presentations and information<br />Students have access to documents at home<br />
  48. 48. Adding Video<br />From various sources: TeacherTube, Youtube,, Google<br />The embed code is located beneath or to the right of the video.<br />Copy it.<br />
  49. 49. Find Embed Code and Copy<br />
  50. 50. To Insert Video: Click on Edit, Widgets. This box will appear. Click on Video.<br />
  51. 51. Specify the original location of the video by clicking on box.<br />
  52. 52. Paste the embed code (this will place video on your webpage) and save<br />Paste code here<br />
  53. 53. Other Widgets: Embedding GoogleDocs Forms<br />
  54. 54. Begin by Creating a Form in GoogleDocs<br />Great for online assignments, surveys<br />Go to and click on Create Form<br />Once finished, you have the option of getting an imbed code<br />Click on Form, Embed Form on webpage<br />A box appears with a code<br />Copy the code<br />
  55. 55. Embed Code<br />
  56. 56. Add the widget<br /><ul><li>Click on Edit, Widget
  57. 57. Click on Other html
  58. 58. Paste code in box</li></li></ul><li>The form will appear on the wiki<br />Students can answer questions online.<br />All data entered in the form will go into a spreadsheet in GoogleDocs, viewable by you.<br />Another suggested form: AnswerGarden (great for surveys; answers presented in Word Clouds)<br />