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  • Hi, I’m Amy White, RiverXchange Program Manager. Every year we try to make RiverXchange wikis a little easier for you to manage, so there are some changes from the way it worked last year (hopefully for the better). This presentation is designed so that you can do the tasks on your own wiki as you follow along. You just need to resize this window to take up about half your screen, then open another browser window so that you can do things over there while you are watching the presentation.
  • If you haven’t already logged into your wiki, here’s how to get started. PBWorks sends you an email when we create your wiki. You have to go through the link in this email to create your username and password. If you can’t just click the link in the email, you can copy the link and then paste it into a web browser to go to the page. The link only works once, but you can always go to the wiki address and click request access to have it send another email.
  • This is the same process your students will go through when they write about the different units on their own wiki pages.
  • Be sure to click Save! If you navigate away from this page with out saving these changes will be lost.
  • The next thing we are going to look at is the Student Behavior Guidelines. To view this file go to the navigation toolbar and scroll down until you see “Student Behavior Guidelines.” We will discuss how to monitor what your students’ comments are a bit later.
  • This is the same as your “home page” on a browser.
  • Don’t be afraid to click around and see what might already be posted by your partner.
  • You will need to have the photos on your computer and know where they are before you begin this exercise.
  • You may add text below the photo as well.
  • We will cover how students login shortly.
  • Try to keep track of this document but if you do loose it we have a copy of the passwords.
  • This is the same as how you updated the main wiki page at the beginning of the training. Note that students can edit each others pages. You may or may not want to let your students know this but just be aware that it is possible.
  • Remember the comments are just that – comments. Any real information such as writing assignments for each unit should be done on the student’s wiki page. Also, remind students to use good social skills. If their partner asked them a question, they should answer it.
  • If you need to delete a comment go find the comment and click on the ????. You must confirm this action as well.
  • Rx training

    1. 1. Getting Started on Your Wiki <ul><li>How to use this training presentation: </li></ul><ul><li>Resize this window to take up half your screen. </li></ul><ul><li>Open up a web browser window and resize it to take up the other half of your screen, so you can do the tasks on your own wiki as you move through the slides. </li></ul><ul><li>Today we will learn: </li></ul><ul><li>How to log in to your wiki if you haven’t already done so. </li></ul><ul><li>How to set the frequency of email notifications from PBWorks Changebot </li></ul><ul><li>What’s on your wiki </li></ul><ul><li>How to edit a page </li></ul><ul><li>How to add a photo </li></ul><ul><li>How to delete a photo or file </li></ul><ul><li>How to make a comment </li></ul><ul><li>How to delete a comment </li></ul><ul><li>How your students will communicate with their pen pals </li></ul>
    2. 2. Logging In to Your Wiki <ul><li>If the emails never show up, they may be getting spam-filtered. If you cannot access messages in your spam folder, try adding the address do-not-reply@pbwiki.com to your email address book. If you still do not receive the emails, talk to your IT person – they may be able to add the domain @pbworks.com to your “safe list” or find out what else is wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are a returning teacher, you can go directly www.my.pbworks.com and log in using your old username and password (or reset your password). </li></ul><ul><li>You should have received an email inviting you to your wiki. If you click the link in the email, it will take you to a page where you create your username and password. If you left that page without doing so, the link in the email won’t work anymore. </li></ul><ul><li>If the link in the email doesn’t work anymore, just go to your wiki (the URL for your wiki is in the email). Click “Request Access” and it will send you another invitation. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Setting Notifications <ul><li>If you are not automatically taken to this screen, click “MyPBWorks” at the top left corner of your wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>On the MyPBWorks page, scroll to the bottom where it says “Preferences” - select an option from the dropdown menu. </li></ul><ul><li>We recommend you choose “At most once per day” -- at least at first, so that you are likely to catch any inappropriate student comments. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Your Wiki’s Front Page <ul><li>You can edit every page on your wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>You are currently in VIEW mode. </li></ul><ul><li>Click EDIT above the title of the page, to update your front page with your name and location. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Editing a Page <ul><li>You are now in EDIT mode. </li></ul><ul><li>Type in your name and location, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click SAVE. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Student Behavior Guidelines <ul><li>Click the Student Behavior Guidelines link. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the FIRST THING you should do with your students. </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T let students post any last names, phone numbers or personal email addresses. Even though these wikis are private, we should have kids practice safe internet habits. </li></ul><ul><li>When your students begin commenting on their partners’ pages, make sure they know to be overly friendly and positive, and have them use the suggested comment format. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Getting Back to the Front Page <ul><li>Click “Wiki” at the top left to get back to the front page from anywhere on your wiki. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Student Assessments <ul><li>At the bottom of the Front Page are links to the online quizzes your students will take at the end of each unit (approximately November, February and May). </li></ul><ul><li>Hold down the Control key on your keyboard while clicking on one of the links, and the quiz will open in a new tab. </li></ul><ul><li>Take the quiz if you like! </li></ul><ul><li>When you are done, go back to the tab with your wiki in it. </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Sidebar <ul><li>The Sidebar shows your photo gallery and your partners’ photo gallery. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Your Photo Gallery <ul><li>On the photo gallery page, you can post photos of your class doing some of the activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Type any introductory text you want to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Look on the right side where it says Insert Links, and click Images and Files under that. </li></ul><ul><li>Click Upload Files under that, and it will bring up a little window where you can select the picture off your computer and click Open. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Adding a Photo <ul><li>The file name should now show up in the list on the right. </li></ul><ul><li>Put your cursor where you want the photo to go. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the photo name in the file list and it will be inserted. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the photo and drag the corners to make it larger or smaller. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to click SAVE at the bottom of the page! </li></ul>
    12. 12. Deleting a File <ul><li>To delete a file, such as a picture you have uploaded, you must go to the Pages and Files tab. </li></ul><ul><li>Check the box next to the file you want to remove, and click Delete at the top of the list. </li></ul><ul><li>As the teacher, you have “Editor” privileges, so you are able to delete any page or file, so be careful! Students cannot delete pages or files. </li></ul>
    13. 13. The Navigator Bar <ul><li>Each student has their own page. </li></ul><ul><li>The page called Partner1 belongs to the student whose username is UserPartner1, and so forth. </li></ul><ul><li>When students log on, they can click on their page in the Navigator bar. </li></ul><ul><li>The Navigator shows a list of all the pages on your wiki, including the Curriculum page, the List of Partners, all student pages, and the Photo Galleries. </li></ul>
    14. 14. The Curriculum Page <ul><li>Under each activity heading, there are links to all the websites and files used in teaching the lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>When you click on a PDF, it will appear in a page. Click on the image to open the file. </li></ul>
    15. 15. List of Partners <ul><li>The List of Partners page can be filled in with students’ names. </li></ul><ul><li>NM1 is partnered with UserPartner1 and so forth. </li></ul><ul><li>If your class has fewer students than your partner class, assign two partners to a few of your students who will be able to handle more. </li></ul>
    16. 16. How Students Log In <ul><li>You will receive a list of your students’ usernames and passwords by email. </li></ul><ul><li>Print out this document and cut it into strips for your students. Keep these in a safe place (for example, taped into each student’s science notebook.) </li></ul><ul><li>You have 30 student accounts. Just assign a student to each one of them. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Student Pages <ul><li>To post a writing assignment, students will go into EDIT mode on their page and start typing under one of the headings. </li></ul><ul><li>Remind them to click SAVE at the bottom of the page. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Commenting on Partners’ Pages <ul><li>To communicate with their partners, each student will visit their partner’s page and make comments. </li></ul><ul><li>Please have students start their comments by addressing their partner by name, and finish with their own name. This helps keep the discussion friendly and polite. </li></ul><ul><li>To submit, click “Add Comment” at the bottom. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Deleting Comments <ul><li>As the teacher, you have “Editor” privileges which means you can delete students’ comments if you feel they are inappropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>As the program grows, we can no longer monitor what students say - this is your responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Please pay close attention to what your students are writing, especially at first, and revoke student privileges if necessary! We want this to be a fun experience for all. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Make sure all users (especially you) log out! <ul><li>Unlike many websites, PBWorks does not automatically log users out when they leave the site. </li></ul><ul><li>If you do not log out, the next person to visit the wiki will be logged in as you! This is especially bad if it is YOUR account because then a student will have Editor privileges. </li></ul><ul><li>Remind students if they do not log out, other students may say who-knows-what in their name! </li></ul>