This page was created to support a workshop at Malden High School in Malden, MA on June 23, 2010
Presenter: Chris Bell

| Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Additional Online Resources

Agenda and Resources


Session 1


Welcome and Introductions

Wikis
  • Websites anyone can edit.
  • If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki!
  • Visitors & authors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions.
  • Visitors can discuss the page in a threaded forum.
  • Editors can bring in content from around the web through embedding.

Educational Uses of Wikis
  • Collaboratively Authored Class Texts
  • Writing Projects

  • Group Projects
  • Sharing Resources
  • Grade Level Teams
  • Subject Area Teams
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
  • Accreditation self-studies
  • ePortfolios
  • Clubs, PTAs, and events
  • Student research projects
  • Publish course resources
  • Knowledge base
  • Mapping of concepts, brainstorming
  • Presentation tools

Examples of Wikis

High School Wikis

Projects & Professional Development Wikis

More On Educational Wikis


Session 2

Create, edit & customize your wiki
  • **Questions to Consider
    • How much material do you want on a page and when should you create a new page? (Or how much should your users have to scroll? You might consider the table of contents feature too.)
    • Which pages should appear in the navigation, and which should only appear as links on a new page?
    • Who will have permission to edit your site?
    • How will you use the discussion feature?
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        • Work With Your Own Wiki
      • Changes to fonts and colors
      • Inserting files & links
      • Working with tables
        • Example
        • Answer: While editing the page, click on "Insert Table" and select the number of rows and columns. Then click in an individual cell to add text, images, or other content. The table will automatically resize and remain well-aligned.
        • Great resource for images: http://www.iconarchive.com/
      • Widgets
      • Customizing your sidebar navigation

    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Session 2 Activity
      1. If you have not done so yet, please create a new wiki on Wikispaces. This may be a good way to start the year fresh with a clean slate
      2. Locate an educational wiki relevant to your content area or specialty. You might start with the more examples link above or with a Google search.
        1. This may be a good place to start http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis or you can do your own Google search.
          1. Tip: To search Wikispaces only, go to Google's Advanced Search and under "Search within a site or domain" add wikispaces.com

            advanced-search-wikispaces.png
      3. After you have located the wiki, you are to evaluate the wiki based upon the questions below in a response to the discussion post titled "Session 2: Evaluation of Sample Wiki"
        1. In your response, please include the URL to the wiki
        2. Questions:
          1. What is a basic description of this wiki? Include such elements as grade level, subject area, or other educational purpose.
          2. Who is the intended audience for the wiki and what would they get out of it?
          3. Who are the intended contributors for the wiki and what would they contribute?
          4. Aesthetics: What was your first impression of the site? How did it make you feel? Was it cluttered or confusing? Where are your eyes drawn to when you look at the page?
          5. Overall impression and what features you might include on your own site.
        3. If you have enough time, it would be worth your while to look at what your colleagues post. You can even respond to their posts!



  • Session 3

  • Integrate Other Tools & Users with Your Wiki

    • Multiple Users Sharing/Editing a Wiki

    • Students uploading assignments
      As long as students are given editing rights on a wiki, they can upload assignments. We'll cover some tips on managing this more effectively.
      • Images and Files
        • While editing a page, place your cursor where you want the image to appear.
        • Then click "Insert Images and Files" (which looks like a picture in a frame) c.gif
        • Select the file you want to insert, upload it, and then double click on the thumbnail of the image (or file) to make it appear on the page.

    • Embedding Content and Integrating With Other Tools


      • Embed Other Media
        • While editing a page, place your cursor where you want the media to appear.
        • Then click on the "embed widget" (which looks like a TV)
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        • Navigate to the type of media you want to embed (for specific instructions), or else choose other.
        • Paste in the embed code provided by the service you are trying to embed, and then click save.
      • Embedding Specific Media (Demonstrations)
      • Other Web Tools (Including Requests, Time Permitting)
      • Note: Wikispaces Help may also be helpful, but are often out-of-date compared to the latest version of the service. This workshop wiki may be out of date soon as well. Your best technical support is to "play" with wikispaces.


    • Session 3 Activity
      • Enhance your own wiki by embedding at least three kinds of content.
      • Post a link to your wiki in the "discussion" tab above using the subject "Session 3 - Lastname, Firstname." Be sure to include the http so that the link is "hot" when others read your post - and be sure to let us know the following:
        • What three things did you embed?
        • Were there any challenges? (And if so how did you overcome them - or what questions do you still have.)
        • Is there any other advice you have for your colleagues attempting to do the same thing?
        • View and evaluate the content embedded by at least three of your classmates. Reply to their post with your evaluation.
        • Please include the following in your evaluation:
          • Your assessment of how effective the embedded content might be.
      • A question about what they embedded or how they embedded it.
          • A suggestion for potentially improving the embedded content (or for how it might be used).
          • Read what others have written about your wiki - and respond to their questions. ;)

  • Session 4

  • Obstacles, Implementations & Next Steps

    • Using Wikis For
      • Engaging Students
      • Differentiating Learning
      • Assessment

    • Potential Obstacles & Solutions

    • More Cool Wikispaces Features
      • Templates: Create time saving templates! (Useful for creating many similar student or group pages.)
      • Domain Name (Change your URL to something better - shorter or more meaningful.)
      • Wiki Info (Change the title and description of your wiki to something better... and select an appropriate license.)
      • Badges (Get the word out - promote your wiki.)
      • Exports (Backup Your Wiki!)
    • More Tips and Tricks (Time Permitting)
      • Image Alignment:
While editing the page, click on the image and select an alignment from the dropdown menu (try left or right alignment). Or, try using a table to arrange your pictures (see below.)
      • Images as Links: While editing the page, click on the image and then click on "Add Link."
      • Permissions By Page: While viewing a page, click on the "Page" dropdown menu (the little triangle) and select "lock" or "unlock."
      • Tags: While viewing a page, click on the "Page" dropdown menu (the little triangle) and select "Details and Tags." Then click "edit" next to tags. Now you can click on a tag to see all pages with that tag, or you can search by tag in the search field (usually in the left-hand column).
      • Remove Ads: Go to "Manage Wiki", then "Subscription," and "Request a complimentary upgrade to Plus for K-12 education" at the bottom of the page.
      • Note: Wikispaces help may also be helpful, but are often out-of-date compared to the latest version of the service. This workshop wiki may be out of date soon as well. Your best "technical support" is to "play" with wikispaces.

    • More Wikis in Education Resources

    • Session 4 Activity
      • Please create a new post in the "discussion" area using the subject "Activity 4 - Lastname, Firstname." Include your answers to the eight questions below:
        1. What is the URL of your wiki?
        2. What is a basic description of this wiki? Include such elements as grade level, subject area, or other educational purpose.
        3. Who is the intended audience for the wiki and what would they get out of it?
        4. Who are the intended contributors for the wiki and what would they contribute?
        5. What multi-media have you integrated into the wiki?
        6. What other tools have you integrated into the wiki?
        7. What is one obstacle or issue you anticipated and how have you addressed it?
        8. What future plans do you have for your wiki?
        9. What is your plan for keeping your wiki updated?