DSC Designing a Classroom/Library Website Using a Wiki
Have you joined the wiki bandwagon yet? Would you like to have a class website or library website? Wikis are an EASY alternative to learning difficult web-editing software. Come and learn all about wikis in this hands-on workshop that will allow you time to create your own wiki for your classroom or library. See examples of the use of wikis and get some great ideas for using wikis across the curriculum. Explore wikis used in the English, science, social studies, and math classrooms. Whatever content area you teach, you can leave with a wiki created to help facilitate the instruction in your classroom this fall. (ADE Criteria: Content, Instructional strategies, Educational technology).

1. Participants will develop knowledge of what wikis are and how they can be used in education.
2. Participants will observe exemplary educational wikis and classroom wikis in content areas.
3. Participants will determine content needed in their own classroom wiki.
4. Participants will discuss precautions that need to be in place with classroom wikis.
5. Participants will develop their own wikis for their classrooms using wikispaces.

What is a wiki?

Wikis provide a quick and easy method for creating web content without difficult and expensive software. They allow for easy editing and multiple contributors to add content.

Here's a great video for explaining what wikis are! http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english

WYSIWYG - What you see is what you get...a term used for the editing interface of many wiki sites. The word "wiki" is actually a Hawaiian word for quick.


Getting Started:

Go to www.wikispaces.com and get an account to get started.
Once you have an account, sign in.


Find at least 3 characteristics these wikis have that you want your classroom wiki to have. Links are given below.

My recommended examples:
Langston Magnet LMC

Using Wikis in Content Areas:

Ideas for using wikis in the library media center: http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/--Wikis+to+Share
Article on using wikis in math classes: http://teachertipstraining.suite101.com/article.cfm/using_wikis_in_math_classes
7th Grade Math Class Wiki: http://7math.wikispaces.com/
Dean Goldgar's Math Class Wiki: http://shsdeangoldgarmath.pbworks.com/
Mr. Bruce’s History
4th grade classroom wiki: Soar 2 New HeightsApalachee High School Media Center Wiki: http://ahsmedia.barrow.wikispaces.net/
5 Strategies for Using Wikis in the Classroom: http://teachingtechnology.suite101.com/article.cfm/5_strategies_for_using_wikis_in_the_classroom
Good introduction to wikis with ideas for how they can be used in the media center and classroom: http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/Wikis
Using wikis to write research papers: http://calnewport.com/blog/2009/05/11/how-to-build-a-paper-research-wiki/
Good overview with links to example wikis & uses in classroom: http://nuckolls.pbworks.com/Using+a+Wiki+to+Facilitate+Learning

Links to educational wikis:

Example wikis from Tony Vincent: http://aaimpp.pbworks.com/Example-Wikis
Great site for using wikis with students includes handouts: http://digitallyspeaking.pbworks.com/Wikis
Wikispaces's list of education wiki sites: http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis
List of examples of class wikis: http://educators.pbworks.com/Best%20practices%20and%20examples
Wetpaint's list of educational wikis: http://wikisineducation.wetpaint.com/page/Wikis+in+the+Classroom
Sign up for free educational wikis at Wetpaint: http://wikisineducation.wetpaint.com/
Quick overview with links to examples: http://mguhlin.wikispaces.com/wikiwiki
Wetpaint's ideas for how wikis can be used in the classroom: http://www.wetpaint.com/category/education--wikis-in-the-classroom
Wikispaces Introduction: http://help.wikispaces.com/Help.Introduction+to+Wikispaces
Wikispaces overview with videos: http://learningweb2.wikispaces.com/Wikis+OverviewTeachersFirst Wiki Ideas for the Classroom: http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikiideas1.cfm
Interview online of the state of wikis in education: http://www.ikiw.org/2008/04/10/interview-the-state-of-wikis-in-education/
Mini Camp Wiki with student policies and sample contracts: http://spacewithapurpose.wikispaces.com/Wikis+Home
Game template: http://powerpointgames.wikispaces.com/PowerPoint+Game+Templates
Civics Class wiki: http://stephenveliz.wikispaces.com/Civics+Resources


  1. Go to http://dscworkshop.wikispaces.com
  2. Ask to Join the wiki by clicking on “Join.”
  3. After joining, post a reply to the discussion question about “Wikis in the Classroom.”
  4. To do this, click on the discussion tab and type your reply in the text box and click on submit.
  5. Next, on the left, click on create a new page.
  6. Create the new page by naming it & clicking on create.
  7. Insert a picture from google images to your page that represents your subject area by going to www.google.com.
  8. Search for an appropriate image, save the image to your computer and insert the image.
  9. Finally, type an introduction to your page using 2 sizes of fonts on your page, a larger one for the heading and a smaller font for the content.


Wikispaces Classroom http://www.wikispaces.com/content/classroom/about
Video tutorial from Wikispaces: http://www.wikispaces.com/site/tour#introduction
Wikispaces help blog: http://blog.wikispaces.com/page/3
Wikispaces Help for Teachers: http://help.wikispaces.com/Help.Wikispaces.Teacher+Help
Powerpoint on using Wikispaces http://www.ocdsb.edu.on.ca/Secondary_Websites/teacher_res/workshops/Wikispaces%20OCDSB.ppt
Handout on using wikispaces: http://onlineconnections.wikispaces.com/file/view/Wikispaces+Tutorial.pdf
Handout - editing a wiki: http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/file/view/Editing+a+Wiki.pdfFree Technology for Teachers Blog with tutorial for wikispaces: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/08/how-to-week-day-1-using-wikispaces.html
Wiki tutorial with ppt and editing help: http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/Wikispaces+Tutorial
Powerpoint presentation available on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/cliotech/wikispaces-tutorial-updated-presentation
Link to a slideshow outlining the basics of setting up a Wikispaces wiki by Richard Byrne http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=df6bwk2v_221hjwb9jhc


Got the basics down? Here's some sites for adding cool things to your wikis:
http://www.widgetbox.com/ (requires a paid subscription now)
Glogster handout http://www.slideshare.net/celticmapleleaf/quick-glogster-tutorial-handout-pdf

Additional Links:

Good overview of wikis with links: http://commun-it.org/wiki/index.php/Wikis
Article on the top 10 tech skills teens need: http://www.education.com/magazine/article/The_Top_10_Tech_Skills_Your_Teen/?cid=90.100
John Medina's 12 principles for how the brain works and how this should influence teaching: http://brainrules.net/
Wiki Way Workshop with instructions for editing: http://rachelboyd.wikispaces.com/wiki+workshop
Blog post of a nice short slideshow for explaining wikis: http://pjgalien.wordpress.com/2008/11/10/using-wikis-with-students/
Blog post for using wikispaces in the classroom: http://blog.classroomteacher.ca/172/eduwikis-create-a-wikispace-for-your-classroom-or-school/
Rubric for class webpage (Might give some ideas that could be used for wikis too) http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/webpagerubric.html
Design considerations: http://www.gamequarium.com/edweb/gooddesign.htm
Content for a class website: http://www.wmich.edu/teachenglish/subpages/technology/classwebsite.htm#structure
Content: http://www.gamequarium.com/edweb/include.htm
Student contract: http://nutmegteen2009.sblc.wikispaces.net/Student+Contract