Taking Wikis to the Next Level - AASL 2011

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This presentation is used in a half-day pre-conference training session at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Conference in Minneapolis on Oct 27, 2011.

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Taking Wikis to the Next Level - AASL 2011

  1. 1. Why Wikis?
  2. 2. What is a wiki?A wiki is a website with a “what yousee is what you get” editing interface.It allows the user to easily createbasic, functional websites.
  3. 3. Benefits of Wikis
  4. 4. Librarian Examples• Inter-American Academy Elementary School • http://iamslibrary.wikispaces.com/home• Mt. Harmony Elementary School •http://mhesmedia.wikispaces.com• Central Middle Library • http://centralmiddle.wikispaces.com• Monarch Academy Library • http://monarchlibrary.wikispaces.com• Springfield Township Virtual Library • http://springfieldlibrary.wikispaces.com• Westbrook Middle School • http://media-in-the-middle.wikispaces.com/home• Jamestown Elementary School • http://jamestownreads.wikispaces.com/home
  5. 5. Student Examples• Jane Adams Research • http://nickim-janeaddams37.wikispaces.com/Questions• Athens, Greece • http://8taylorrodney.wikispaces.com/home• Monet • http://monet2.wikispaces.com/Images• Population of Japan • http://japanpopulation.wikispaces.com/home• World War I • http://asiamericans.wikispaces.com/home• Explorer Louis Joliet • http://holmes19.wikispaces.com/home• American Revolution • http://american-revolution3000.wikispaces.com/home
  6. 6. Getting Started
  7. 7. Polldaddy Poll
  8. 8. Create a Wikispaces Accounthttp://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers
  9. 9. Your Brand-New WikiStep 1: Customize it to make it your own.
  10. 10. Go to “Look and Feel”
  11. 11. Browse for a logo on your computer. The logomust already be sized correctly. It will appearon the upper portion of your new wiki. Hint:Create your own custom banner in PowerPoint.Save as a .jpeg, then use as your logo.
  12. 12. Select “Themes and Colors” to furtherpersonalize your wiki.
  13. 13. Choose a layout & colors that you like. Select“Preview and Customize” to more highlycustomize your wiki.
  14. 14. The editor toolbar allows you to boldface, italicize,or underscore text; resize text; add bulleted ornumbered lists; add horizontal rules; and performother functions.
  15. 15. More Text & Toolbar Options Note “undo”, “redo”, “preview”, & “cancel” options. Select heading sizes. Further edit text by selecting fonts, size, text color, background colors, and strikethrough options.
  16. 16. Internal & External LinksAdd internal & external links to your wikis by clicking on the“Link” button on the Editor Toolbar.
  17. 17. Uploading Files Documents MS Word (.doc, .docx) MS Excel (.xls, .xlsx) MS PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) Portable Document Format (.pdf) Text, HTML, and XML documents (.txt, .html, .xhtml, .xml) OpenDocument Formats (.odt, .ods, .odp, .odg, .odf) Rich Text Format (.rtf) Other Outlook mail folders (.pst) Java class files (.class) Image metadata (.png, .gif, .jpeg, .tiff, .bmp) Audio metadata (.mp3, .wav, .midi, .aiff, .au)Add downloadable files to your wikis by clicking on the“File” button on the Editor Toolbar.
  18. 18. Uploading ImagesUse the image editor toolbar to align, resize, caption, or adda link to an image.
  19. 19. Looking at Widgets
  20. 20. Embedding Widgets 3. Click “save” on the widget box,1. Copy the code from various “save” on the editor toolbar toembeddable objects, such as view your embedded object.forms, video, polls, calendars,VoiceThreads, Glogs, etc. 2. On the Editor Toolbar, select “Widget”, “Other HTML”, then past the code in the box. Hint: You can easily alter the height and widget of the object, if needed.
  21. 21. Adding Tables
  22. 22. Google Form Survey
  23. 23. Adding PagesClick on the top left to add a new page. Name the page and add tags, if youchoose. Go to Manage wiki > Pages to lock/unlock, tag, or delete pages
  24. 24. Discussion, History, NotificationsUse the discussion tab to allow other members to comment on the page. Thisis a great way to support formative teacher & peer assessment, as well as fostercollaboration. Use the history tab to monitor contributors to the page and rollback to previous versions, if necessary. Set up notifications to receive emailswhen the page is changed.
  25. 25. Editing Navigation1. Traditional navigation lists every page. With many pages, that becomes cumbersome. You can select “edit navigation” to create a more manageable navigation list2. Delete the “Include navigation” widget to create your own custom navigation.3. To create your navigation, build lists of section titles and links to specific wiki pages.
  26. 26. Navigation TreesCreate navigation trees tomanage tiers of relatedpages and to keep the toplevel navigation simple.For example, this page is atop-level page called“training” which leads tovarious other pages.Librarians may create top-level pages that lead tovarious teacher pages,electronic pathfinders, oronline centers.Wiki:cpsproflib.wikispaces.com
  27. 27. Management Features Special features under “Manage Wiki” include the ability to manage wiki members & organizers, to control the ability to join the wiki, and the ability to monitor user statistics.
  28. 28. Creating Student Accounts Under “Manage wiki” > “User creator”, you can create student accounts – without emails, if desired. Upload your generated user names & passwords. An list of accounts will be emailed to you. The new accounts will be associated with the teacher’s wiki. These accounts can also be used to create student wikis.
  29. 29. Tips for Using with Students• You can create up to 100 student accounts at once in bulk; repeat, if necessary• No student emails are needed• Create a list of student user names in advance; create user names unique to your school• Create unique passwords for each student or let Wikispaces generate the passwords• Save the account information for future reference; account information will also beemailed to you• Students (or the librarian, in advance) must create wikis associated with the account topermit students to have their own wikis.• Make librarians and collaborating teachers members of each student wiki• Turn off private messaging in account preferences• For librarians, wikis are a great tool to use as a container for student research. Use wikis tohold student research information; related artifacts, such as images; to maintain a runningbibliography; to foster collaboration; and to house formative & summative assessments.• Advise students to avoid using last names or personal, identifying information in theirwikis, unless you have signed parental permission. Keep wikis private, if desired.• Collaborating teachers often like it if the librarian creates a page dedicated to the projectwith one list linking to each student wiki to assist in the grading process
  30. 30. Creating Student WikisOnce students have their own accounts, associated with your teacheraccount, have students log in and then create their own wiki. Be sure toindicate that it is K-12. Some librarians may want to create these wikis inadvance themselves. Template pages can be created within one wiki (in“Manage Wiki”), but not across wikis. Keep a list of all of the wikis in a class; ifthe list is kept on a librarian or teacher wikipage, the student wikis are easilyvisited.
  31. 31. Projectshttp://help.wikispaces.com/projects - In some cases, it may be more convenient to havestudents create their own projects within a wiki. Projects allow the teacher to groupstudents into work teams. Automatically or manually add/delete teams & drag/dropmembers. Project home pages will appear in navigation. Within each project, new pagescan be added.
  32. 32. More Wiki Tips Make buttons for your wiki to create more visual interest. An easy way to do this is to create a design in PowerPoint, save it as a .jpg, and crop it to the desired shape. Upload the images to the navigation pane and link the image to the corresponding page in the wiki.
  33. 33. More Wiki TipsTables are a great way to spread content evenly across a page. However,Wikispaces does not automatically create even columns. To deal with this, youcan insert blank rows in between used rows. Use rows of periods to make thecolumns your preferred width. Then, use the text editing, colored-globe iconon the Editor Toolbar to make the periods white and, thus, invisitble.
  34. 34. More Wiki Tips Even if you don’t know HTML, you can easily tweak embed code to increase widget height and avoid unnecessary scrollbars. With a few trials, you can get embedded forms & other objects to be the correct height.Always keep more recent versions of browsers on your computers for avariety of reasons, including viewing wikis properly. Note: Some embeddedobjects that use Flash, such as many videos, will not display properly unlessFlash is on your computer and browser.
  35. 35. Help with WikisWikispaces Teacher FAQs: http://help.wikispaces.com/faq+teacher+wikiContact Wikispaces: http://www.wikispaces.com/site/help?src=help
  36. 36. Last Words• Start with your own Library wiki before trying wikis with your students• Go slow and let your wiki grow organically• The only way you can “damage” your wiki is to delete it. Otherwise, you canalways recover your work. (Drafts are saved or you can revert to previous pagesin the History tab.)• Teach students to create their own wikis; that is the best use of the technology• You have full permission to use any of my materials on any of my wikis for yourown training. Just cite the source. Have a “Wiki” Good Time!!
  37. 37. Survey Monkey Exit Survey
  38. 38. Contact leperez1@cps.edu Twitter: @leperez1 Facebook: Lisa Perez

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