Introduction to Wikispaces

What's a wiki?

A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant: you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. A wiki is continuously "under revision." It is a living collaboration whose purpose is the sharing of the creative process and product by many.

Who uses wikis?

Wikis are used in the "real world" (outside of K-12 schools) by people collaborating on projects or trying to share things online, such as family information and photos, technical information from users of a product, data from a research and development project, travel journals from abroad, club or specialty information, or projects like collaborative assignments.

Source: Teachersfirst - What is a wiki?


Video: Wiki’s in Plain English

A short introduction to wikis that illustrates how they can be used to organize a group's information, in this case, for a camping trip.

What is a Wiki- In Plain English - Video



Wikispaces Introduction Videos



Wikispaces.com Video Introduction Tour
  • Introduction
  • Personalize Your Wiki
  • Files and Pictures
  • Embed Widgets

Steps to creating a wiki
  1. Join wikispaces - http://www.wikispaces.com
  2. Select *Protected under Wiki Permissions
  3. Once the wiki is set up- select Manage Wiki on the left
  4. Select look and feel, and select a design template/colors - select apply
  5. In the Manage Wiki window- select Wiki Permissions and select the box that says "allow discussion posts and comments from non-members".
  6. To create a new page, select New Page on the left, name the page
  7. To edit a page, click on edit and make your changes
  8. To lock a page so no one can edit it, select the down arrow next to "Page", which is located above. You will not see it in the edit mode, but once you click save you will see it.
  9. On the home page, add the course name, your name, period # and a picture. (file)


Wiki -General Information

Editing a Page Overview

This section provides a basic overview of the tools available to you while editing a wiki page and the terms we use to describe them. If you would like to see editing a page in action, check out our video tours.


How do I start?

Different wikis will look different, but you will always be able to find a button at the top of that page, on the left or right, that says Edit or Edit This Page. Click that button to enter editor mode.


How do I add text?

Just start typing.

Editing a page in Wikispaces is a lot like using a simple word processor — you don’t need to know any special markup languages or wikitext. Use the bold, italic, and underline buttons for simple formatting, or use the Color and Style Editor button to change your text’s size, color, font, and more.


How do I set a heading?

  1. Highlight the text that you want to make into a heading.
  2. Select the level of heading from the dropdown list in the editor bar.

This will change the formatting of the line. If you embed a Table of Contents widget on your page, any paragraphs that you formatted as headings will appear in the table of contents.


How do I add a link?

Link to an existing page in the current wiki:
  1. Highlight the text or image that you would like to make into a link.
  2. Select the Link icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. If there already is a page in your wiki named with the highlighted text, you will see the green check-mark in the Page Name field. If this is not the case, start typing the name of the page you would like to link to into to the Page Name field. You can either type the full name or choose it from the dropdown.
  4. Click the Add Link button.
  5. Save the wiki page.

Create a new page in the current wiki:
  1. Highlight the text or image that you would like to make into a link.
  2. Select the Link icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. Type the name of the new page into the Page Name field.
  4. Click the Add Link button.
  5. Save the wiki page.
  6. Follow the link and begin editing the new page.

Link to another Web site:
  1. Highlight the text or image that you would like to make into a link.
  2. Select the Link icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. Select the External Link tab.
  4. Type or paste the URL into the Address field.
  5. Click the Add Link button.
  6. Save the wiki page.


How do I add an image?

  1. Place the cursor where you would like the image to appear.
  2. Select the File icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. Click the Upload Files button.
  4. Page through your files, search by file name, or sort by tag.
  5. Click on the image to place it on the page.
  6. Click on the image to get the File Properties popup, and adjust the alignment and size of your image, or add a caption.
  7. Save the wiki page.


How do I add a file?

  1. Place the cursor where you would like the link to your file to appear.
  2. Select the File icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. Upload Files.
  4. Page through your files, search by file name, or sort by tag.
  5. Click on the file to place it on the page. Images, videos, and audio clips can be embedded directly into the page. For other file types — including PDFs, Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations — the Embed File option will place a link to the file on the page.
  6. Save the wiki page.


How do I embed a video from another site?

  1. Place the cursor where you would like the video to appear.
  2. Select the Widget icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. In the Widgets tool, select Video from the side menu and choose your video service or click Other.
  4. In a separate browser window or tab, navigate to your video. Look for something that says “Embed” (or maybe "Share"), followed by a piece of code. Copy this code.
  5. Back on your wiki page, paste the copied code into the field in the Widget tool. Hit Save.
  6. Click on the embedded widget (in editor mode, it will be a blue square) to get the Widget Properties popup, and adjust the alignment and size of your video.
  7. Save the wiki page.

Source: http://help.wikispaces.com/Editing+a+Page

Source: http://help.wikispaces.com/Editing+a+Page