Wiki’s Help

Teachers Help Link

1. What is a Wiki?
Web Definition – “A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language.[1][2] Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis.” (Description from www.wikipedia
Essentially, the word “Wiki” - can be expanded as "What I Know Is
A Wiki follows a collaborative process where 2 or more people work and contribute to a common goal. Regular wikis have structured text and untyped hyperlinks. These links can be followed to other pages with further definitions and information about the key word in the hyperlink.


2. Why bring it to the classroom?
  • Great motivator for students
  • Easy to monitor
  • Allows for creativity and innovation
  • Encourages participation of all students
  • Promotes communication between students, teachers, and parents
  • A new, interesting way to learn
3. How can I use it in the classroom?
  • Simple websites
  • Peer-reviewed projects
  • Group projects
  • Manage school and classroom documents
  • Classroom discussion and debate
  • Teacher collaboration
  • Post classroom assignments
  • Collaborate with an international classroom

4. Creating a Wiki using WikiSpaces
Wikispaces is a place where you can create a wiki, or a simple to use collaborative website to use in your classroom and your school.
  1. Go to the http://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teacherssite an click on Sign Up For Free and complete the username information, password and email address information.
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  1. You are immediately taken to your wiki space:


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3. Editing and Adding to Your Wiki Space SITE
  • Click the Edit This Page button at the top of your wiki.
  • Write the text you would like on your page.
  • You can format it with bold, underline, italics, headings, and more.
  • Once you are done editing, click Save.

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4. Adding Links on your Wiki
  • Click Edit This Page.
  • Highlight the text you would like to link and click on the earth icon in the toolbar.
  • Another window will appear allowing you to create a link to another page in your space or another website.
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5. Adding Images on your Wiki
  • Click Edit This Page.
  • Click the icon that looks like a tree.
  • Browse your computer for the image you would like and click Open.
  • Upload the chosen picture or file.
  • Place your cursor where you would like the image on the page.
  • Double click the image or file to place it on the page.
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6. Adding Media to your Wiki
  • Click Edit This Page.
  • Go to the icon of the TV in the toolbar.
  • Choose the type of object you’d like to embed.
  • Follow the instructions for embedding each object.
  • Click Save.Slide13.JPG


7. Adding other Widgets or media components to your space
  • Click Edit This Page.
  • Go to the icon of the TV in the toolbar.
  • Choose the type of object you’d like to embed.
  • Follow the instructions for embedding each object.
  • Click Save.

8. Setting up student usernames and passwords for your classroom wiki
  • How can I create accounts for my students?Once your wiki is on our free K–12 Plus plan, you can create up to 100 accounts at a time with our User Creator tool. You will notneed to provide email addresses for your students when you use the User Creator Tool:
    1. Navigate to your wiki.
    2. Select Manage Wiki.
    3. Under People, select User Creator.
    4. Choose the wiki you would like to add the users to.
    5. Enter your list of users as text, or upload an excel or .csv file with usernames and passwords. Email addresses aren't required to create accounts. Keep in mind that every Wikispaces username must be unique. Try using numbers, or initials, or a first name-last name combination to create unique usernames.
    6. The User Creator will guide you through the process of setting up your accounts. If you have any questions, send us an email at help@wikispaces.com .
    If you have more than 100 students, just go through the User Creator process with different lists of 100 names.

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  • My students already have accounts. Can I add them to my wiki?

  • Yes. If your students have already created accounts on Wikispaces or had accounts created for another wiki/class, you can invite them to your wiki. To bulk invite them to your wiki just follow these steps:
    1. Navigate to your wiki.
    2. Select Manage Wiki.
    3. Under People select Invite People.
    4. Enter up to 100 students' usernames or email addresses, separated by commas or line breaks.
    5. Press Send.