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Wikispacesfor Teachers

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Wikispacesfor Teachers

  1. 1. Wikispaces for Teachers A Guide to Using Them in Your Classroom
  2. 2. What is a Wiki? <ul><li>A webpage with an Edit button </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Perfect for collaborative learning </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Wikispaces? <ul><li>The world’s easiest to use wiki </li></ul><ul><li>No experience necessary. You are up and running in minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly bring you new and improved features </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the product based on what you, our community, wants. </li></ul><ul><li>Highly-praised customer service </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Bring It To The Classroom? <ul><li>Great motivator for students </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for creativity and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages participation of all students </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes communication between students, teachers, and parents </li></ul><ul><li>A new, interesting way to learn </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Can I Use it in a Classroom? <ul><li>Simple websites </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-reviewed projects </li></ul><ul><li>Group projects </li></ul><ul><li>Manage school and classroom documents </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom discussion and debate </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Post classroom assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with an international classroom </li></ul>
  6. 6. Getting Started…
  7. 7. Wiki Terms <ul><li>User Account: Your identity on Wikispaces, consisting of username, password, and e-mail address </li></ul><ul><li>Space: A wiki on which you can collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Page: Each space can consist of multiple pages </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wiki Terms Continued <ul><li>Wikispaces has different permissions settings for your space </li></ul><ul><li>Public : Anyone can view or edit your Wikispace </li></ul><ul><li>Protected: Anyone can view your space but only members can edit </li></ul><ul><li>Private: Only members can view or edit your space </li></ul>
  9. 9. Editing Your Wiki <ul><li>Click the Edit This Page button at the top of your wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>Write the text you would like on your page. </li></ul><ul><li>You can format it with bold, underline, italics, headings, and more. </li></ul><ul><li>Once you are done editing, click Save . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Adding Links on Your Wiki <ul><li>Click Edit This Page . </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight the text you would like to link and click on the earth icon in the toolbar. </li></ul><ul><li>Another window will appear allowing you to create a link to another page in your space or another website. </li></ul><ul><li>Click Ok . </li></ul>
  11. 11. Adding Images to Your Wiki <ul><li>Click Edit This Page . </li></ul><ul><li>Click the icon that looks like a tree. </li></ul><ul><li>Browse your computer for the image you would like and click Open . </li></ul><ul><li>Upload the chosen picture or file. </li></ul><ul><li>Place your cursor where you would like the image on the page. </li></ul><ul><li>Double click the image or file to place it on the page. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Adding Media to Your Wiki <ul><li>Click Edit This Page . </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the icon of the TV in the toolbar. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the type of object you’d like to embed. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the instructions for embedding each object. </li></ul><ul><li>Click Save . </li></ul>
  13. 13. Time for an Activity
  14. 14. Activity <ul><li>Let’s teach each other about various countries </li></ul><ul><li>Take the next 15 minutes to edit your wiki’s text, add links, and add an image or a video clip. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Additional Resources for Teachers <ul><li>Wikispaces will create your student accounts for you! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.wikispaces.com/help+teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check out the K-12 Educational Community at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Questions? <ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>TJ McKeon </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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