Wikis

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As teacher-librarians, we build relationships with our teachers and do not often have the time to communicate, network and connect with other teacher-librarians.

One tool that school librarians can use to collaborate is a wiki. A wiki, which is Hawaiian for “quick” or “very fast”, is a tool that allows information to be quickly accessed, edited, and updated. The wiki an ideal environment for a educational collaboration that does not require knowledge of coding. School librarians can have a Web-presence for their library or a class in which to contribute one or more facets of the school library program - information literacy, technology, collaboration, and reading.

Explore

Why Use A Wiki

Watch the following short video that outlines the benefits and possibilities of a wiki:


Using A Wiki

Overview
Learn how to use wikispaces.com (the wiki used to create this collaborative online document) by watching the short video tutorials from wikispaces to give you some background on how to use a wiki.

Joining The Wiki
To add content to this wiki, you will need to become a member. This is an option for participants who do not wish to build their own site, but rather have a page that can be updated and is useful to them.
If you would like to contribute to this space, click on Join This Space in the navigation menu. An email will be sent to the organizer of the wiki (Carlene) asking for permission to allow you to become part of the space.

Adding Content
Experiment with the different ways to add content to a wiki.

  1. Modify An Existing Page
    You can modify pages that have already been created. As you locate resources that you find worthwhile, add them to the wiki page. No more creating in isolation!
    toobar_wikispaces.gifTo edit a page, click on the edit button at the top of the page. Once you click the button you will have access to a toolbar much like that of a word processing program, only smaller. Click on the "edit" button to bring up the page editor. The page editor allows you to add or edit text and pictures to a page. Click save when you are done and the changes will be visible to the world.
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    To add an image, click on the add image button:
  2. Create A New Page
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    To create a new page, click on the New Page link at the top of the menu bar on the left-hand side.
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    Click the edit button and create your page.




If you create a new page, you should add it to the menu bar on the left so others can see it.
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Click the edit navigation link at the bottom of the left hand side-bar.

Type the name of the page into the main screen.

Highlight the name and choosing the link icon.

3. Start A Discussion
You may want to start a discussion about the information that you have placed on a page or a question related to teacher-librarianship. Use the discussion tab at the top of the page to begin a threaded discussion.
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Create Your Own Wiki

The purpose of this wiki is to provide teacher-librarians a place to easily and efficiently highlight their collaboration with teachers. If you would like to create your own wiki space, visit Wikispaces for Teachers. It is a free service to K-12 teachers.


Research

Extend your learning by reading the following articles:
  • How I use Wikis in the Classroom from Vicki Davis of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog. Vicki has organized her uses of wikis into five educational categories. The comments are also well worth reading as they offer other ideas of how to use wikis in the classroom.
  • Eduwikis has many great links to educational uses of wikis -- well worth exploring!