This is my page on how to set up your own Wiki

Part of my role is to teach other staff how to use a range of technology effectively with their students. I have set up this page to help them when they are setting up wikis for students. I strongly recommend you also use Wikispaces Help as they have excellent help information and great instructional videos.


Videos on setting up wikis

If you want to get the most out of your wiki I strongly recommend that you take the time and start by by first watching wikispaces short "how to set up your own wikis" videos:
How to set up a wiki at Wikispace and the basics of editing pages
Changing the look and feel your wiki
Vicki Davies entire presentation on wikis for K12 Online Conference, 2006
How to insert pictures and files to your wiki
How to use the Recent Changes and Notification features
How you can personalise your wiki

How To Manuals on setting up wikis

If you want a manual that you can print off and follow refer to:
Liz Davis's Getting Started with Wikispaces

Using Wikis for Collaborative Learning

Wikis are excellent for encouraging collaborative learning. You can use your wikis with students wikis for:
  1. Collaborative essays
  2. Group study guides
  3. Online lesson plans
  4. Classroom notice boards
  5. Sharing information and ideas
  6. Group based learning assignments

Check out Flat Classroom Project wiki and Westwood Wiki to see excellent examples of students collaborating to learn.

For more information on why you should set up collaborative wikis for your classes, and tips on how to set up a classroom wiki click on the following link Wikis in the classroom to download and watch a video by Vicki Davies. Also download Vicki's tips on Components of an effective Web 2.0 Classroom. Click on the following link if you want to check out Vicki Davies entire presentation from K12 Online Conference, 2006

Using Wikis in Organisations

Now set up your own account


Inviting members

If you want to set up a collaborative wiki where only members can add information to pages you need to invite the members.

Invite new members by following the instructions below. I recommend that you send the people you are inviting an email from your email account as well explaining to them that they will be recieiving an invite and ask them to click on the link and follow the instructions to join the wiki. I have had people reluctant to follow links from emails addresses they do not know.

Embedding Media

The great thing about wikis is that you can embed media from other websites. For example you can take video from Google Video and embed them in your wiki page. Basically almost any site that has a link that says embed in my Blog, MySpace etc has HTML that you can use to embed into your wiki. Refer to the diagram below on how to do this.


Working with Tables

You can insert tables into wiki pages however they do work slighly differently from editing tables in MS Word.

Creating a Tables of Contents

Wikis use a simple language known as "wikitext" to write pages in wiki websites. The great thing about a "Visual editor" is that you don't have to know wikitext or html to set up your pages because the visual editor toolbar works similar to the toolbar in MS Word and it does most the work for you.

However if you want to add a pretty table of contents to your pages you will need to use wiki text. The great thing about a table of content is that your readers will be able to quickly jump to the section of your page they want to read.
To insert a table of contents you need to:
  1. Apply Heading Styles to the text that you want the readers to jump to in your document (e.g.used the drop down menu in the visual editor to change to the different heading styles. Heading 1 is for the main heading; Heading 2 is for a heading below heading 1 - means it is indented below the heading 1; just as heading 3 is indented beneath heading 2)
  2. Go to the top of your page and insert the following wikitext (you do not have to turn on text editor to use wikitext). table.jpg
  3. Then click save and your table of contents should appear at the top of your page.