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Oflta Technology Workshop August 2010

  1. 1. Wikis and World Languages Donna Shelton, PhD Northeastern State University Wiki logos are from http://pbworks.com/ and http://www.wikispaces.com/.
  2. 2. Welcome to OFLTA’s Summer Technology Workshop Wikis and World Languages
  3. 3. Introductions Donna Shelton, Associate Professor of Spanish at NSU and Web 2.0 geek Please introduce yourselves to those around you and discuss your goals for this workshop. How do you plan to use your wiki in your teaching? Be ready to introduce another participant to the rest of the group
  4. 4. Workshop overview We’re going to use PBWorks as our wiki hosting site for this demonstration You are also welcome to use Wikispaces You should consider privacy issues and your district’s or institution’s policies in setting up your wiki As a part of learning what can be incorporated into a wiki, we’ll also learn about other Web 2.0 tools We’ll start with the basics, but then we can individualize according to your needs
  5. 5. What’s a wiki? A website that multiple people can create and edit They can be private or public They can be simple or quite complex Text only One page or multiple pages Images, videos, maps, and more and more Let’s watch a short video that explains it
  6. 6. Wikis and world languages Wikis have a number of advantages for language instruction Teachers can use them to post resources and assignments Students can use them on collaborative projects Wikis are the perfect repository for multi-media learning objects
  7. 7. What do you want to do? Before we set up our wikis, let’s talk about what you want to do Who’s going to use your wiki? Will your wiki be text only? Do you want a wiki with just one page or multiple pages? What bells and whistles do you want? Your preferences will help me tailor the workshop to your needs
  8. 8. Let’s get started. Go to www.pbworks.com and click on the For Education link at the top.
  9. 9. There’s one thing to know before you set up your account: You’ll need to verify your email address. If you open your email now, it will save time. If your school email won’t work, set up a free Gmail account first.
  10. 10. There’s a free, basic account, and then there are premium accounts. They aren’t free.
  11. 11. This is the free, basic account. Check out the features.
  12. 12. Here’s a comparison with the premium accounts.
  13. 13. Clicking Select under the Basic Edition takes you to the Sign Up page. Choose carefully and write down your URL.
  14. 14. If you prefer Wikispaces, go to www.wikispaces.com and set up an educational account.
  15. 15. All wiki hosting services offer training resources and examples of educational uses of wikis. Take a look.
  16. 16. This Commoncraft video is in our wiki.
  17. 17. Once you’ve set up your wiki, you will see this page. It needs editing! Click EDIT.
  18. 18. Take a look at each of the circled areas on the Edit page. Click on each to see what you can do.
  19. 19. Let’s take a closer look.
  20. 20. This is the most important thing you need to know. After you add or edit the content of a page, you must SAVE.
  21. 21. The fun stuff is under Insert on the toolbar.
  22. 22. Other fun stuff is under More Plugins in the dropdown menu.
  23. 23. Insert Link causes this box to open. You can link to a website, a page in your wiki, or a file stored in your wiki.
  24. 24. If you want to link to a page or file in your wiki, this box will allow you to select one.
  25. 25. Once you’ve set up your wiki, how do you get back into it later on?
  26. 26. If you go to www.pbworks.com and then log in, this screen will appear.
  27. 27. This page will then open. It lists all your wikis. Select the one you want to work on.
  28. 28. If you go directly to the URL of your wiki, this Log In page will appear.
  29. 29. Now let’s explore other things we need to know to set up a functional wiki.
  30. 30. Take a look at the functions available on the right side of the page.
  31. 31. Under Account, you can change your email address and password.
  32. 32. Name and create a new page.
  33. 33. Upload files: Photos, Word docs, etc.
  34. 34. Invite people to your wikis.
  35. 35. To share a page if you’ve made changes, use this message box.
  36. 36. To control access to your pages, you have to have a premium account.
  37. 37. A teacher’s best friend: The history page.
  38. 38. Go to the Settings tab. You can change the colors of your wiki and handle user access from there.
  39. 39. In the Settings tab, select your Workspace Security settings.
  40. 40. Add more users here, also.
  41. 41. This window allows you to add users.
  42. 42. Go to the Pages & Files tab. You can delete or rename pages in your wiki here.
  43. 43. Once you’ve created all the pages for your wiki, you can create links to them.
  44. 44. PBWorks has provided some preformatted pages targeted at educators.
  45. 45. Let’s take some time to set up the pages of our wiki and enter some text. Later we’ll look at the fancy things.
  46. 46. Thank you! Donna Shelton Northeastern State University sheltods@nsuok.edu