Wiki While You Work: An Introduction to Wikispaces in Education


This page was created to support a workshop at Theodore Roosevelt School in Fort Apache, AZ on September 18, 2009.

Intro Slides (on Google Docs)



Agenda and Resources


Welcome and Introductions

The Read-Only Web
  • Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
  • Information moves from publishers to consumers
  • Information cannot be edited
  • The One-Way Web
  • Web 1.0

The Read/Write Web
  • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
  • Anyone can publish, share, and change information
  • Two-Way Web
  • Web 2.0
  • This is changing our world!

Wikis
  • Websites anyone can edit.
  • If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki!
  • Visitors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions.
  • Visitors can discuss the page in a threaded forum.

Educational Wikis
  • Collaboratively Authored Class Texts
  • Writing Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Sharing Resources
  • Grade Level Teams
  • Subject Area Teams
  • Professional Development

Examples

More On Educational Wikis

Activity 1: Evaluate Educational Wikis (and Participate in a Wiki Discussion)
  • Locate an educational wiki relevant to your work. You might start with the more examples link above or with a Google search.
  • Evaluate the wiki based on the following criteria:
    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. How does this wiki accomplish something that only a wiki can accomplish? Or, what other websites or media could be used to accomplish the same thing?
    5. Is this a model you could implement in your own work? If so, how? If not, how might you change it for your own use?
  • Click on "discussion" above to post your evaluations in the discussion area. Be sure the subject of your post is "Activity 1 - Lastname, Firstname"
  • Time Permitting: Explore your classmate's evaluations. Post a reply to three classmates posts.

Activity 2: Edit a Wiki Page
  • Demo Page
  • Take turns with other participants adding to and editing this page.
  • Feel free to play with some of the tools in the "Editor" toolbar.

Activity 3: Create Your Own Wiki with Wikispaces.com (A Walkthrough)
  • Wikispaces for Teachers: http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers/
  • Create an Account (If You Haven't Already)
  • Create a Wiki
  • Edit This Page: Text, Numbers & Bullets, Links, Images, Embeding, Tables, and More...
  • Wiki Text: http://www.wikispaces.com/wikitext
  • Discussion
  • History
  • Notifications
  • Create a New Page
  • Edit Navigation
  • Manage Wiki (Just the highlights... )
  • My Account (Again, just the highlights... )
  • Create more wikis!
  • Note: Wikispaces help files 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.

Embedding Content and Integrating With Other Tools
  • Images and Files (Review)
    • 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).
    • 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.
  • Embed Other Media (Review)
    • 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).
    • 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 files 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.

Blogs, Wikis, Docs: Which Tool Is Right For Your Lesson? (Time Permitting)

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."
  • Tables: 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.
  • 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 Adds: 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 files 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 Cool Features (Time Permitting)
  • 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!)

Benefits, Concerns, and Proactive Strategies (If Necessary)

Activity 4: Share Your Own Wiki (May Be Completed After The Workshop)
  • 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?
  • After The Workshop: Explore your classmate's evaluations. Post a reply to three classmates posts.

Reflection and Evaluation




Additional Online Resources


From OUSD Summer Tech Academy 2007:
Ways to Use Wikis in Education (Wiki in Education) http://www.wikiineducation.com/display/ikiw/Ways+to+use+wiki+in+education
Current and Potential Uses of Wikis (from North Carolina State University) http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/index.php/Current_and_Potential_Uses_of_Wikis_in_the_Teaching_of_Writing
Wiki Rules and Guidelines (North Carolina State University) http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/index.php/Wikitiquette
Advantages of Wikis (North Carolina State University) http://wikis.lib.ncsu.edu/index.php/Wikis_in_Writing_Education_Research#Advantages_of_Wikis

More from Dan McDowell (2009):
http://sites.google.com/site/ clms2009technology
http://wikiadventures. wikispaces.com

More on Wikis from Erica Hartman

Please feel free to add more resources. :)




This wiki and workshop were originally developed by:
Mark Wagner, Ph.D.
President, Educational Technology and Life Corporation