Wikispaces in the Language Classroom

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Wikis are an effective collaboration and organizational tool to archive student and instructor coursework, lessons, videos and other instructional materials. Wikispaces is a free and easy to use wiki resource currently used by faculty members, instructional technologists and students in a variety of fields.

Units

Collaborative Tools, Online and Social Media Resources, Presentation Tools

Duration

3 hours

Standards

Communication, Communities, Cultures

LEVEL

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate, Novice

WEBSITE

Visit Wikispaces Website

OS

PC or Mac

PREREQUISITES

  • basic use of Internet
  • know how to copy and paste
  • know how to download a file
  • know how to upload a file
  • know how to create folders
  • know how to send an email attachment

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Give rationale for use of Wikispaces in the language classroom
  • Create a Wiki User account
  • Create a new web page in wiki
  • Insert images, media, videos in wiki
  • Add external links to wiki
  • Manage a wiki site and pages
  • Invite others to join a wiki and join others’ wikis themselves
  • Embed widgets on a wiki page
  • Participate in a wiki discussion forum

MATERIALS NEEDED

Internet access

Step-By-Step Instructions

Sign up to Wikispaces

  • Go to www.wikispaces.com
  • In the Get Started area, type in a user name and a password you are going to use for wikispaces account, put in a valid email address, and then click on the Get Started button to create your account.

get started

  • Follow the online instruction to complete the sign up process

Sign in to Wikispaces

  • Put in the user id and password you used when signed up your account to complete the sign in process.

signin

Create a new wiki

  • Click on the Create a New Wiki link at the top left of the screen after you sign in to Wikispaces
    create new
  • Name your new Wiki and choose your Wiki Type

steps

  • Read the directions when the Getting Started With Your Wiki dialogue window appears and then turn it off when you are done.

directions

Edit your Wiki

  • Click on the Edit tab, highlight the contents on the page, delete them, and then put your own content on that page.

edit

  • You can format it with bold, underline, italics, headings, and more. Once you are done editing, click Save.

format

Add links to your page

  • Click on the Edit tab.
  • Highlight the text you would like to link and click on the link icon in the toolbar.

add links

  • The  Insert Link window appears which allows you to create a link to another page in your space or another website
  • Click on the Add Link button

insert

Add images to your Wiki

  • Click on the Edit tab
  • Click on the graphic icon
    graphic
  • 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.

Add media to your Wiki

  • Click on the Edit tab
  • 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
    media
  • To invite new members, click on Manage Wiki and Invite People.
  • To change your wiki’s colors or theme, click on Manage Wiki and Look and Feel.
  • To set who can view and edit your wiki, click on Manage Wiki and Permissions.

Additional Resources and Works Cited

Activity Management

  • Show a sample wiki site
  • Ask users to explain how they can use wiki in their classrooms
  • Show the online tutorials
  • Have participants create their own wiki site
  • Have users share their wiki sites online
  • Have users talk about an example of one activity for their daily lesson plan using “Wikispaces” in alignment with the standards for language learning
  • Discuss how to assess student performance

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