Setting Up Your Classroom Navigation

We hope you’ve had a good time experimenting with Wikispaces Classroom and its new features– we’ve certainly enjoyed hearing your feedback and seeing your examples on Twitter, the blog, and via email. One thing we know you’re trying out is the Navigation, a wiki’s hub to get where you need to go. At its core, the Classroom Navigation is still very similar to a Classic Wiki page’s navigation. As a default, “All Pages” makes an alphabetical list of all of your pages on the right-hand side of your wiki.

Navigation
We know that you often want different navigation, however. By clicking “edit navigation” at the bottom, you’ll get the following options:

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The first thing you can do is reorder your pages. Simply drag and drop the page where you’d like it to show up. You’ll also see an “x” appear next to “All Pages.” If you click that, it removes “All Pages” from your navigation bar. But don’t worry, you can get it back anytime by clicking the new “Add All Pages” button that appears.

Add All Pages

If you decide to keep “All Pages” deleted, then you’ll need to set up navigation another way: Tags. Tagging allows you to label each page with one or several Tags, and then when you add that Tag to your Navigation, users can find all pages associated with that Tag.

The first thing you’ll need to do is tag your Pages. Looking at all of your pages, you’ll need to decide what your categories, or tags, will be. For example, you might want all of these pages– Mathematics, Reader’s Workshop, Science, and Social Studies– to show up under the tag “Resources.” First, type in the word Resources where it says “Tag” and press “Add.” It will create a category in the Navigation bar but it will be empty because there are no pages with that tag yet.

To tag some pages, go to “Pages and Files” above the Navigation. It will bring up a list of all of the Pages and Files in with your Classroom.

Pages and Files

First, click the small box on the left of any page you want to tag with “Resources.” Then go to the top of the page where it says “Edit Tags” and type in “Resources”. Then press “Add tags.”

Edit Tags

Now go check out your masterpiece under “Pages and Files.” You’ll see your Tag name as a large header with a drop-down box of all of the pages you just tagged. Now you can repeat the process with other categories you’d like to show up in your Navigation.

All Tags

You may notice there is currently not a way to customize the navigation any further as you can in a Classic Wiki. In keeping with the theme of simplicity for Wikispaces Classroom, we wanted to keep Navigation as clean and simple as possible for students.

To see more Navigation editing in action, watch one of our recent Wikispaces Classroom webinars here, or sign up for an upcoming event. Let us know how you decide to organize your wiki below!

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4 Comments

  1. Rosa Ramos
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    This is scary adventure that I will be taking but fear alone cannot keep me from getting over this hurdle of life called technology!!!!

  2. Posted June 4, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I am selecting students to act as “guinea pigs” for me. They report back to me how incomprehensible my directions are so that I can edit them on my wikispace. Very helpful.
    I have set up a discussion board with threads already posted, a knowledge map for students to add content to, and a dictionary (again, that students add to). I am looking forward to how it works for us during summer school before I launch in the fall.

  3. Miguelina
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    I switched to Classrooms when I read about it, but did not like the lack of flexibility to change some things like the navigation bar and the inability to personalize my home page. I switched back to a classic wiki, but my navigation bar is still the classroom navigation bar. How can I switch it back to the classic wiki navigation bar?

  4. wendy
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi Miguelina, please email us at help@wikispaces.com for more information. Thanks!

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