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TechTuesday-Wikis and Blogs

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Wikis and Blogs in the Classroom  - Nov 23, 2010



  • Wikis and Blogs can be used as collaborative websites in the classroom.  In this workshop, we will be using PBworks and Blogger and learn how to edit and create pages, embed graphics, videos, create student accounts, and more. Examples of how wikis and blogs are used in AMDSB and elsewhere will be given.  

The afternoon session will be for those who would like to learn how to use the advanced features of a wiki and/or blog and have either set up a wiki or blog in the morning session or have an existing site.

Come prepared with content, images and a name for your wiki and/or blog.

Prep for Workshop Participants

- answer the survey
- bring content for your wiki/blog in whatever format you are used to using as an attachment to FC or on a thumbdrive
- bring images that you would like to use
- think of an appropriate and catchy name for your wiki or blog
eg.  ?.pbworks.com   or  ?.blogspot.com
- take a look at these websites to get some ideas for your own site

Sites to take a look at:
Example Blogs
Mrs. Ritsma's History Channel Blog - An AMDSB secondary teacher site -
http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/ - teacher blog
http://thecleversheep.blogspot.com/ - teacher blog
Blogs on Educational Blogging - links to many educators blogs
http://twentyfivedays.wordpress.com/about/ - student blog using wordpress
http://classroom209.blogspot.com/ - 4th grade blog

Example Wikis
https://hdurnin.pbworks.com - AMDSB elementary class site
http://gdciinformationwiki.pbworks.com - AMDSB - GDCI
https://greenspaceamdsb.pbworks.com/w/page/21433839/FrontPage - AMDSB site
https://educators.pbworks.com/w/page/21649306/Directory-of-wikis - links to many educator wikis
http://scps.pbworks.com - AMDSB SCPS site
https://thinkingoutsidethebox.pbworks.com - AMDSB gifted student site
http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikiideas1.cfm - some ideas


First a Short Presentation


This slideshow was created online using Google Docs - Presentations and then embedded into this wiki.




Let's take a look at:


...from an IT summer workshop on wikis

...from a page on blogs




Let's set up a wiki using PBworks




Log in to your website.


We will start off by looking at your account and security settings.


      Go to account and edit each of the tabs.   


Now go to Settings





     Note:  Some options are not available with the Basic version.


     1.  Change the colors.





     2.  Add users, classroom accounts.

     Decide on your workspace security - private, by invite only, public. 

     Note that you can set individual security settings on pages and folders.

     (only on premium version.)

     3.  Decide on your notifications and how often.




     Customization gives you the ability to remove certain items from the site eg. PBWorks footer at the bottom of the page.  (premium version only)


Now go back to Pages and Files.   Remove unnecessary pages and templates.


Go back to "Wiki" and the FrontPage.


Let's create a page and entitle it My Practice Page.  Go to Create a page.      Name the page and select the Save button.

Now add the link to the SideBar.


Click on the link "My Practice Page" and let's edit the page. 


1.  Add the title.  "My Favourite Links".  Format the text with the various options from the tool bar.


2.  Type:  "An example of a search engine other than Google is Ask Jeeves for Kids. "


3.  Add Links to the previously typed text by selecting the text and using the Add Link button.


- http://www.google.com and http://www.askkids.com/



     Note that there are several link options.











4.  Let's add an image.  Open another browser window (in Firefox go to File | New Window. Go to http://search.creativecommons.org/.  This is a search engine that will search for copyright free images in various services.  Do a search for an image, check the copyright, right click on the image and save to your desktop.

Go to Images and files | Upload files.  Browse to the location of your file and Select the file. 



The file will then appear in the column.  Click on the file name to insert the image.  To insert other files such as pdf files from your computer, follow the same instructions.









Let's set up a blog


1.  Start off by logging in with your Google Account. 


2.  Take a look at the various Dashboard options.












3.  Go to "Create a Blog".

     Name your blog.  Choose a starter template.



4.  Go to New Post and before actually posting, let's take a look at more settings.



5.  Now let's really start blogging!



Let's take a look at:








Afternoon Session


Advanced Options




-powerpoint slideshow (using Slideshare service

-photo slideshow (using slide.com)

-teachertube video

-google gadget

-rss feed

-recent visitors

-skype button

                                                                           -voki speaking avatar
                                                                            -twitter feed

                                                                            -google survey


More plugins





Where do I get...


Add this - bookmarking and sharing service

Twitter Badges

Flag Counter

Clustr map


and the best embeds for your blog or wiki
















Please complete the workshop evaluation form that was sent to you in First Class before leaving today.  Thank you.

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