A wikispace is your own website. You create the
URL and your students and anyone anywhere can
see any resource you put on your wiki. It's a great
resource for teachers to post their assignments,
calendars of assignments, pictures, videos, audio,
etc. Also students can create their own wikispace
for generating creative assignments.
Table of Contents
Creating an account Pages 4 - 6
The Cover of your Wiki Page 7
Editing your Cover Pages 8 - 11
Table of Contents Pages 12 -13
Inserting a External Link Pages 14 - 17
Inserting a Wiki Link Pages 18 - 21
Inserting a File or Image Pages 22 - 27
Inserting an External Image Page 28
Inserting a Widget Pages 29 - 35
Inserting any Widget Pages 36 - 37
Embeddable Widgets Page 38
Conclusion and Student Wikipages Page 39
Go to www.wikispaces.com and click on 'create your
own classroom wiki today'
Remember this! Write it down. You'll need it to log
into wikispaces and to make changes to your wiki in
This will be the actual name of your
website. For example, if you put
MrPaolini, the URL of your wikispace
will be http://mrpaolini.wikispaces.com
Make sure to select "Protected" and
check the box that it'll be used for
Now click 'Join'
You're in! NOW you must verify your
wikispace by checking the email you
put in when you created your wiki.
Wikispaces will send you an email
with a link, simply click on the link to
verify and start your wiki!
The Cover of your Wikispace.
You can only change parts
of your wiki when you click
on the 'Edit' button here. But
this will ONLY let us edit the
Cover of our Wiki or the
Table of Contents page we are looking at.
This is the 'cover' of your wiki, consider this a cover of a book your are writing. This
should be used as an introduction to the user/viewer. Do not put an overwhelming
amount of information on your cover, we can put that info in the 'Table of Contents'.
To Edit your Cover Editor bar
Click on the 'Edit' button in the
upper right hand corner and the
editor bar will appear. This is the
backbone of your wiki. If you
want to make any changes, you
HAVE to click on the 'edit' button
Any changes you
make to your wiki will
Once you click 'edit' you
can then type and do not be saved unless
whatever you wish to the
space provided you click 'Save' here.
Any changes you
make to your wiki will
not be saved unless
you click 'Save' here.
You can simply type what you want on the cover of
your book. I like to include contact information and
other important info.
REMINDER: Keep it simple! Maybe a photo and
your class you each....it's a cover of a wikispace...
text you wish
to edit and
then click on
the "T" with
to click on
at the bottom.
Take a moment to get familiar with the options within
the 'Color and Style' option.
You can also 'Bold, Any changes you
Italicize, and Underline' make to your wiki
your text by highlighting will not be saved
it and clicking on these unless you click
options. 'Save' here.
You can also make There is also a spot to
your text a 'Header' by create numbers and
clicking on this drop bullets as well as a
down option. divider here.
Table of Contents
If we click the 'edit navigation' option here, an editor
bar will appear for us to edit THE TABLE OF
WARNING: This is going to look exactly like clicking
the 'EDIT' button here. But we're only editing this
small strip or Table of Contents here.
This is what we see when
we click on 'edit
navigation' in our table of
This is the SIDEBAR of our wikispace we call the
table of contents. This should be ONLY links to other
wikis within your wiki (I'll explain that) or an external
link like www.google.com
If you type the generic name to an
EXTERNAL link, then highlight it,
click on 'Link' in the editor bar and
you will see this block appear.
You have 2 options, a 'Wiki Link' or an 'External Link'.
Since PSD mail is an external link outside of
wikispaces, we will click on this tab
You need to know the URL or copy the URL from the
site you want to link to. Above is the URL to PSD
mail for students. I pasted it into here. Now we can
click on 'Add Link'
Doing so will create the highlighted text into an
external link in our Table of Contents to PSD mail.
And after you click 'Save', your Table of
Contents on the left hand side will show
the new link you made to the external link
The link you created has appeared! It's now part of
your Table of Contents and we can still see our Cover
Let's click on 'edit
navigation' again to
add another link
Any changes you make to
your wiki will not be saved
unless you click 'Save' here.
Type the text of the wikipage
you want to create, then
highlight it. Click on 'Link' in the
editor bar, select 'Wiki Link' and
click 'Add Link" This will create
another wikipage attached to
your table of contents.
We now are going to add a 'Wiki Link'. This is
another wikipage attached to your Table of Contents.
This will let us create a separate page for ANYTHING
we wish to create. This is where you can create a
wiki inside of a wiki inside of a wiki inside of a
wiki....and so on :-)
Here is our Wiki Link we created to 'Period 1 General
Science'. We can now click on the link and begin
Let's click on our link.
So we have our cover page of our Wikispace and we
have a link to our Period 1 General Science class
The 'EDIT' button here
allows us to edit our
'Period 1 General
Remember to edit
our Table of
Contents we click
Since we clicked the
'EDIT' button, we are
now editing our 'Period 1
EXACTLY like the cover of our Wikispace, you can
type and put just about any content here by simply
typing. We are going to get a little more advanced by
inserting files and widgets next. Please click on 'File'
in the editor bar
Inserting a File
Click on the "EDIT" button to
bring up your editing bar and
then click on 'File'
IMPORTANT: Put your
cursor where you
want the file or
image to go.
Inserting a File
This block will appear
when you click on 'File'.
You MUST have the
image or file saved on
your computer, network or Click on 'Upload Files' here and select the file to
flash drive to insert it. upload. This is similar to the 'Browse' button a user
You can use an 'external would use to find a file for uploading or attaching to an
link' which we'll get to in a email.
Select the file and click
'Select' or 'Upload' on a PC
and wikispaces will upload
your file to your space.
Select the file you wish to place on your
wikipage. Remember not all visitors of your
wikipage may have Notebook, or Word, or
Excel. A safe bet is to turn your files into PDF
format before uploading
Your file or image you've selected was uploaded and now
appears here as a thumbnail. Double click on the thumbnail
to insert the image for file. REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR
CURSOR WHERE YOU WANT THE FILE OR IMAGE TO
Your image or file will appear as a light grey block
that looks like this. It will not look like this once you
click 'Save'. Go ahead and click 'Save'
Once you've clicked 'Save' your grey blocks and
images will appear in final format on your page. I
inserted an image the SAME EXACT way we inserted
a file. Remember you have to have the image saved
to your X-drive or desktop or somewhere you can
Inserting an Image from an External Link
click 'Save' to
If you find an image on changes to
the web and just want to your space
copy the URL of that
image, you can insert an
image that way.
Click on the 'EDIT' button, the editor bar appears,
click on 'File' like we are inserting an image or file,
and when this block appears, click on the tab
'External Image' and paste the URL of the image and
click 'Load'. You will then need to double click the
image to insert it into your page
Embedding a Widget
First off, a Widget is anything that you find on the web
or as a resource that has an embed code. For
example, if you find a video on YouTube.com, there is
often an embed code you can copy and use to put that
video into your own wikispace.
Embedding a Widget
There are lots of audio resources, podcasts, videos,
calendars, etc. out on the web that have an embed
code. So if you ever find something that you want to
put on our wikispace, look for an embed code. If it
has one, you're in luck!
Ok.....let's start simple with embedding a video.
Click on the 'EDIT' button, and your editor bar
appears, click on 'Widget' and this block appears.
DONT PANIC! This block shows how many different
embeddable widget kinds are out there.
This screen will appear for you to select the resource
you got your video from. THIS REALLY DOESNT
MATTER!! As long as you have the embed code, you
can select any of the above. Click on 'YouTube'
This block will appear and this is where you take the
embed code that we copied from YouTube.com and
paste it into this block. Once you do so, click 'Save'
Your video will appear as a greyish block (just like the
file we inserted) and will not be able to viewed until
you click 'Save'
You can now see our video we found on
YouTube.com is on our wikipage! Direct from
YouTube.com, the video is streamed to your
wikipage. You can do this for student videos that you
upload to YouTube.com or SchoolTube.com as well!
Any embed code you find......
Wikispaces is not picky when it comes to embedding
widgets. If you find an embed code on the web and
want that widget in your wikipage, copy the embed
Then go through the same process we went through
to embed a video. Click 'Edit', then 'Widget'....
Then click here,
Don't forget to click
'Save' and then
'Save' to make your
Paste your embed code you found in the block above
like you did for your video. Again, you could do it this
way for a video you found on YouTube.com or a
Google Spreadsheet or calendar, etc.. Wikispaces is
not picky when it comes to widgets.
I am not going to cover EACH widget that
wikispaces puts on their options. Just
know that if you find an embed code on
something, you can put it in your
Here is a list of some things that have embed codes
available for embedding in your wiki.
· Google Spreadsheet/Calendar/Docs/Presentation/Forms
· RSS Feeds
· Audio (Podcasts)
· Chats and Instant Messengers
· Bookmark Sites (Delicious)
I am here to help. I do not expect anyone to feel lost or helpless. DO NOT
HESITATE TO CONTACT ME FOR ANY HELP! There is a learning curve with anything new.
Hopefully this packet will ease that transition into using a wikispace in your classroom.
Student created wikispaces
Don't forget that I can help you have your students create their own wikispace.
I've worked with teachers who instead of having their students create a
PowerPoint or type a paper, they have them create their own wikispace and
the teacher grades their work right from the students wikispace.
Saegertown High School Technology Integration Coach