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Wikis In Your Business Class


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Presented at the 2009 OBEA Spring Conference by Al Samsa. Examples of how to create wikis and use them in a high school setting.

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Wikis In Your Business Class

  1. 1. Wikis in your Business Class Al Samsa 2009 OBEA Spring Conference April 24, 2009
  2. 2. What is a Wiki? <ul><li>A wiki is a collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language . </li></ul><ul><li>- Wikipedia </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why use a Wiki? <ul><li>Alternative to posters, presentation, powerpoints, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to insert images, videos, graphs, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Great for collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion threads help learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. Wiki Ideas <ul><li>Class Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Wiki Ideas <ul><li>Class Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Wiki Ideas <ul><li>Course or Class Site </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Wiki Ideas <ul><li>Department Site </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Wiki Ideas <ul><li>School Site </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Wiki Sites <ul><li>Wetpaint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attractive Templates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion threads on each page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgrade to no ads if education site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four levels of membership </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two level membership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email to remove ads </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PB Wiki </li></ul>
  10. 10. Getting Started <ul><li>Create a suitable site name </li></ul><ul><li>Create a descriptive front page </li></ul><ul><li>Allow members to join or invite </li></ul><ul><li>Invite or Limit number of discussion questions but promote entries </li></ul>
  11. 11. Adding Content (Wetpaint) <ul><li>Add new page (add tags, template or blank) </li></ul><ul><li>Hint: check level, e.g., under home page </li></ul><ul><li>Click </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Two column great for links </li></ul>Layouts
  13. 13. Widgets
  14. 14. YouTube Video or
  15. 15. or link to files on another site or webpage Page Tools
  16. 16. Track Changes
  17. 17. Suggestions <ul><li>Require Works CitedBibliography in proper format at bottom of every student page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Upload PowerPoints to a site, e.g., , then link to embedded ppt in wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Identifiable student names, e.g., johnr or </li></ul><ul><li>Page name as group name, e.g., planning </li></ul>
  18. 18. Helpful Links <ul><li>Tips for a successful (Wetpaint) site: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tip of the day archives for Wetpaint </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider for the whole class experience </li></ul>