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Wikis & What To Do With Them. Carol Gaughran, MLS School Library Media Specialist GCSD Superintendents Conference Day March 13, 2009. Whats a WIKI?. Wiki in Hawaiian means fast or quick, and a wikis is just that; a fast way to create a website for your own use. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Wikis & Websites & Blogs, Oh My

Wikis & What To Do With ThemCarol Gaughran, MLSSchool Library Media SpecialistGCSD Superintendents Conference Day March 13, 2009Whats a WIKI?Wiki in Hawaiian means fast or quick, and a wikis is just that; a fast way to create a website for your own use. Its fast and easy to createfast and easy to changeAnyone can do it

WebsiteWikiSet-upModerate to difficultEasyAppearanceCan be totally customizable if created from scratch. Appearance depends on programming skills.Usually only a few choices of very plain templatesUpdatingCan be difficult and time-consuming. Usually need to go through IT departmentEasy and instantStoring FilesGenerally not availableYesCollaboration/ CommunicationNot usually; More single direction site. Visitors can only view information, not add to it. Requires expertise to codeMultiple users can edit content of pages and post commentsAttributes of a WikiOrganize and store all of your informationPassword protected so only invited members can view and edit pagesInformation can be easily updatedPage history allows you to view and/or revert to old versions Suggested UsesReplace eboardsCommunicating with students and families at homeClass projectsUnit planningField trip planningCurriculum mappingDepartmental/team planningWhile there are multiple hosts on the web for creating wikis, the two I suggest for educational uses are:PBWIKI.COM&WIKISPACES.COM

Lets Make a WikiGo to pbwiki.comClick on Create an accountUse your GCSD email to create an accountCheck your GCSD email for notification from pbwikiClick on the pbwiki link in the email to get startedClick on HomeClick on Create a wiki

Creating a wiki (continued)Click on Create an academic wikiChoose a wiki address nameClick on For EducationChoose K-12 Classroom from the dropdown barChoose Collaborative Classroom from the wiki purpose dropdown barClick nextComplete security settings and click Take me to my wiki

Welcome to Your WikiParts of a wikiFront Page acts as your home page and will always be the first page people see when they log inSidebar can be used for many purposes, best use is as a table of contents (you can make each entry a hot-link to an additional wiki page)Create a Page - lets you add new web pages to your wikiWelcome to Your Wiki (continued)Upload Files - allows you to upload pictures, sound files, videos or documents from your computer or from the internet

Now get creativeand have some fun!

Works CitedBellizi, Dominic, Jessica Brown, and James Byers. wikispaces. Dec. 2008. Tangient LLC. 10 Mar. 2009 . Lai, Adrienne. "WEB TOOLS FOR STUDENT GROUP SUCCESS." SLAIS/Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Digital Media Project. 10 Feb. 2009. Scribd. SLAIS/Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Digital Media Project. 10 Mar. 2009 .Pbwiki. pbwiki. 2009. pbwiki. 10 Mar. 2009 . "Seven Wiki Essentials An Executive Guide to the 7 Must-Have Elements of Every Successful Wiki Initiative." pbwiki. 2009. pbwiki. 10 Mar. 2009 .