Using a Wiki in the Classroom

icon Using a WIKI in the classroom (251.7 kB)~What is this WIKI thing?

A wiki is a collaborative Web2 tool which multiple people can contribute to and an easy way to 'get online'.

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~Why use a WIKI in the classroom?

A Wiki is a communication and collaborative tool...both communication and collaboration are important facets of any classroom. The uses of a Wiki are only limited by your imagination. Here are some possible uses are:Book Reviews, Publish children's work and have parents comment on the work, minute recording for meetings, homework tasks, visual language tasks, collaborative planning tasks, outlining inquiry tasks with links to websites...

~ Getting Started with my WIKI

Choose a wiki service and stick with it. (for today we will use wikispaces)

I prefer to use wikispaces because you have the option to 'Hide' the wiki from the general public, and as we have meeting minutes and curriculum reviews on the wiki this is a handy feature. Before you create or contribute to a wiki on wikispaces you have to 'join' wikispaces . You can then create your own wiki.

Sign in and click on the [Create a New Wiki] button.

~So I have a WIKI…What Now?

There are two ways to edit your wiki, you can edit a page OR make 'global changes' with the 'Manage Wiki' link.

Global Changes (Manage Wiki)…

Global changes are changes that apply to the entire WIKI, for example the theme. When you hit the 'Manage Wiki' link on your wiki, the following page appears.

Many of the icons are self explanatory so I will just make reference to the most commonly used tools.


Look and Feel…

This is a good place to start. Here you can customise your WIKI, change the theme, colours, logo and more.


Here you can set what you want to monitor on the WIKI. I suggest monitoring 'all changes'. This means ANY changes made to the WIKI are emailed to you…an easy way to stay on top of it.


Here you can view and change page details, such as permissions, redirection and you can delete, rename or print any page on your WIKI. It is a good idea to lock your front page.

User Creator…(Plus Plan)

This is a good way to create and invite bulk people, ie a class. Just follow the directions on screen. (I think this only works once you are upgraded to the plus plan)



To Edit a Page…

Make sure you are signed into wikispaces and open to the page you want to edit. Click on the [EDIT] button. Now you can type onto the page as you would in a 'Word' document OR use the 'Editor' toolbar to do cleaver stuff.


The majority of the buttons on the 'Editor' toolbar are self explanatory, but I will point out a couple of gems...

Insert Hyperlink        Embed Widget         Insert Code

Insert Hyperlink…

Hyperlinks are 'shortcuts' to other places on the web, either in the current website or another website all together.

Embed Widget…

A widgets is a little piece of the internet that you link to (embed) in your own website. (Slide for example.)

Insert Code…

Hmmm...the technical stuff, HTML language for geeks, not needed but does allow someone with advanced knowledge to do even more with their WIKI.

Other Considerations

Organisers vs Members…

An Organiser has the overall rights to the

Uploading a File/Photo...

Click the [Edit] button. Then the Insert Images and Files Button.

Then 'browse' to the file you want by clicking on the [Choose File] button then pressing [Upload].




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