Wikis to Inspire Writing

Dana Levesque
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TODAY:

- Examples - options of how to give your students multiple pages
- Online Class JUST on Wikis

SIGN UP: Wikispaces for Educators: http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers


Classroom Connections

How to use Wikis in Education
- http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Articles+and+Resources
- http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/
- Wiki While you Work: https://wikiwhileyouwork.wikispaces.com/cag
Space of the Month
- http://www.wikispaces.com/space+of+the+month

A few Teacher Wikis in LPS
- Kindergarten / First Grade - http://watchingandchanging.wikispaces.com/
- 4th Grade - Mrs.Sheftel's Wiki
- 4th Grade - ( just started ) posted student videos - http://twain04.wikispaces.com/Colorado+Characters
- 5th Grade - http://lenski5th.wikispaces.com/5th+Grade+Home+Page
- 5th Grade - http://eastdragonden.pbworks.com/
- 5th Grade - http://goutell5.wikispaces.com/
- 5th Grade - http://mrsurbanek.wikispaces.com/
- 5th Grade - http://mrsclaus.wikispaces.com/
- Middle School Powell News - http://powellnews.wikispaces.com/
- High School Science - http://optionshighschool.wikispaces.com/
- High School Lang Arts - http://awnm09smith2.wikispaces.com/
- High School Spanish - ( just started exploring using this for student recordings ) http://kitchespanol1.wikispaces.com/
- High School Spanish - ( audio files to download ) http://ahsspanishpodcasts.wikispaces.com/




Skills Included below

- Adding Files ( audio, video, word/excel/powerpoint.... )
- Adding Embedded Video ( dotsub.com - http://dotsub.com/view/search/?q=wikis )
- Adding Widgets ( Clustrmap, Polldaddy... )
- Adding Weblinks
- Other Tools - Horizontal Ruler, Table


ADDING FILES TO YOUR WIKISPACE

( videos, audio files, word/excel/powerpoint/photostory...)

A great feature that Wikispaces has is that you can upload many different types of media files - videos, audio files, weblinks, powerpoints, word/excel documents, pdfs....and the list goes on. Many times you want to upload a file or a movie to Wikispaces and just let people play it when they come to your page.

1. click "edit this page", then click the Insert Images and Files tool in the toolbar.
images_files.jpg
images_files.jpg

2. A window opens. Click Upload Files ( red arrow )
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upload_files_2.png

3. Click “Browse” ( blue arrow ) and locate where your file is that you want to upload
4. Click on the File you want to load and then click Open
5. Click the Upload button ( green arrow )
It may take a moment for the file to load.
6. Double-click the file to insert it in the page
7. SAVE


Opening a file on your eeePC
- Browse
- in the left column choose "File System"
- Click "usr" open
- Click "bin" open
- Click "soffice"
Check the box - Do this automatically for files like this from now on.

INSERTING MEDIA AS A FILE OR AS A LINK
Follow direction 1 above
insert_files.jpg
insert_files.jpg

2. In the new window below "Insert Files" you’ll see that you can “insert” or “link to” your files. ( see above )
If you choose “link to” the file will just be linked to on the page so people can download it. But if you choose “insert”, the file will, where possible, be displayed as playable media. Here’s an example where I’ve used “link to” and then “insert” for an audio file so you can see the difference.
The below image shows the top as a link to the audio file and below as an INSERTED audio file
insert_or_link_file.png

ASSIGNMENT
1. Review the directions above. Learn how to add different media into your wiki Add a minimum of one of each type of file to the wiki you are building.
( video, audio, word/excel/powerpoint file, ...)

2. Explore other teacher wikispaces and see how they have used media in their wikis.


ADDING EMBEDDED VIDEO TO YOUR WIKISPACE


Embedding video is a great way to incorporate media without using up "space" on your wiki. There are many websites that you can use to find videos you want to embed.

Dotsub.com - dotSUB enables subtitling of videos on the web into and from any language.
Youtube - This website is currently blocked at school so any videos you embed at home will NOT display at school
Teachertube.com -
- Commoncraft videos on Dotsub.com ( great introduction videos to embed )


1. Go to one of the links above
2. Search for a video
3. Click Share
dotsub_embed.jpg
4. Highlight the code and copy it. ( choose the size video you want to embed )
5. Go back to your wiki page and click "Edit this page"
6. Click the widget tool ( looks like a blue TV )
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7. A window appears - click "Other HTML"
widget2.jpg
8. Paste the code in the field
9. SAVE
10. SAVE


ADDING WIDGETS TO YOUR WIKISPACE

Widgets are a great way to add functionality and other data to make your wiki more interactive.
A web widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page. Other terms used to describe web widgets include: gadget, badge, module, webjiz, capsule, snippet, mini and flake. Web widgets usually but not always use DHTML, JavaScript, or Adobe Flash. Widgets often take the form of on-screen tools (clocks, event countdowns, auction-tickers, stock market tickers, flight arrival information, daily weather etc). ~Wikipedia

Find other widgets
http://www.google.com/ig/directory?synd=open&source=gghp
http://mashable.com/2007/09/06/widgets-2/
http://mashable.com/2009/01/22/tumblr-widgets/

Clustrmap

Locations of visitors to this page
Locations of visitors to this page

We often talk about having an authentic audience for our students. Wikispaces is a great way to showcase student work for a larger audience.
Clustrmaps is a widget that helps answer the question of... Do you know your audience? With Clustrmaps visitors don't need to click on anything: just viewing the wiki page is sufficient. They provide (free) HTML that gives you a tiny map, like the one on their main page. When it loads, it shows the locations of all visitors to your page, cumulatively (even for huge numbers). Clicking on it zooms in to a big world map.

How to add a Clustrmap
1. Copy the url of the website you want to track.
2. Go to: http://www.clustrmaps.com/index.htm ( no account is necessary )
clustrmap1.jpg
clustrmap1.jpg

2. Paste the url web address in the URL field
3. Type your email address
4. Click Make my map
5. A new window opens - make sure [A] is marked

clustrmap2.jpg
clustrmap2.jpg

6. Highlight the code and copy it.
7. Go back to your wiki page and click "Edit this page" ( this part of adding a widget will work for most widgets)
8. Click the widget tool ( looks like a blue TV )
widget.jpg
widget.jpg

9. A window appears - click "Other HTML"
widget2.jpg
widget2.jpg

10. Paste the code in the field
11. SAVE
12. SAVE

Poll Daddy

http://www.polldaddy.com/
( follow the same directions as you would for Clustrmaps for embedding the code in your wiki
You will need to create an account ( FREE )





ADDING WEBLINKS TO YOUR WIKISPACE

1. Highlight the web address you want to link to.
2. Go back to your wiki page and click "Edit this page"
You can add a link two different ways.

One way:
Click on the wiki where you want to add the link
Then paste the web address on the wiki page.
It will appear like this:
http://www.wikispaces.com/help+teachers

Second way:
3. Follow steps 1 and 2 - Highlight the word or words you want to link to
Click the link tool
link.jpg
link.jpg

4. A window appears - click the "External Link" TAB
link2.jpg
link2.jpg

5. Paste the web address in the field
6. Click Add Link
7. SAVE
It will appear like this:
Help for K-12 Teachers




OTHER TOOLS

Horizontal Ruler

1. Click - "Edit This Page"
2. Click on the wiki page where you want to add the horizontal line
3. Click the Horizontal Ruler icon in the toolbar
horizontal_rule.jpg
horizontal_rule.jpg


4. The above line is what it will look like.
This is used many times to separate sections of a wiki page.

TABLE

1. Click - "Edit This Page"
2. Click on the wiki page where you want to add the table
3. Click the Table icon in the toolbar
table.jpg
table.jpg

4. Choose the number of Columns and Rows you want
5. Insert Table
Cognitive Content Dictionary
Word
Prediction
Final Meaning



How to edit your table

1. Click inside the table you want to edit
2. This table icon
table_pic.jpg
table_pic.jpg
appears
3. Left click on this icon to see the options you have to make changes
( You can see that using a table below to organize the text and images makes it more organized )
Initial window ( blue ) Each option
has an arrow to click to see more options.
Click on the arrow to the right of the word
to see more options ( in gray )
Click on the arrow to the right of the word
to see even more options ( in white )
table1.jpg
table1.jpg

table_row.jpg
table_row.jpg

table_cell.jpg
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