Tips and tricks: Hold a wiki training camp

You can do a lot with wikis. But before you get to the fancy stuff, you have to master the basics — and that goes for your students, as well.

Now that the school year is underway, we put together a quick 15–20 minute activity, designed to get students comfortable with using wikis. All you need is this PDF handout, a wiki of your own, and a few minutes of preparation:

  1. Create your wiki and prepare accounts for your students.
  2. Prep media for your students:
    • Upload an image to your wiki.
    • Upload a file to your wiki.
    • Find a video on your favorite video service (e.g., YouTube, TeacherTube). On the home page of your wiki, add a link to that video. Do not embed the video. The link should say, “Training camp video.”
  3. Download the Training Camp worksheet and prep it for your class:
    • In the field for task #1, enter the URL of your wiki.
    • In the field for task #6, enter the name of the image file you uploaded.
    • In the field for task #7, enter the name of the second file you uploaded.

If you have any questions, or suggestions for similar materials that would make it easier for your students to use wikis, send us an email at help@wikispaces.com.

If you are looking for a tool to present wikis to your peers, email us to request a copy of our PD Presenter wiki.

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6 Comments

  1. Carole Seubert
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you! The Wiki Training Camp helps big time! This year I’m returning to greater use of my Wiki Space than ever before and really want to launch in a way that will lead my students to greater independence in accessing and using this wonderful tool. I’ll be using the camp to introduce my Wikispace to my learners and think it will do much to get them going on a more solid footing. Thanks, again!

    CS

  2. Carole Seubert
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    Ooooopppps! Thought the Training Camp piece was for students and not for teachers creating them. I really need a piece that helps students get intro’d to wikis in a timely way. Perhaps, if time permits, I’ll work on modifying the one you’ve created for teachers for use by students.

    Thanks, again, though for the wonderful service you provide.

    CS

  3. Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Hi Carole–We’re always trying to develop more and better tools for teachers. If you have any suggestions for materials that would help out in your classroom, send us an email at help@wikispaces.com.

  4. Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    It would be nice to add a link to something that shows how to “prepare accounts for your students” since I have no idea how that’s done. Maybe other readers are in the same boat.
    Thanks,
    JC

  5. Claire Sharman
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi, not sure if I am doing something wrong or not but nothing happens when I click on the PDF links?
    Thanks,
    Claire :)

  6. Minerva
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi, thanks and congratulations for the wikis. They have been helping in classes with the assignment. Excelent, the idea of tutorial, some students need it. :D

    Ciao.
    Minerva

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