Welcome to sandbox61.wikispaces.com
This is a brief introduction of how to manipulate wikispaces, to make it look and feel more professional, and using the tools and techniques used on the Technology departments' wikispaces:

A wiki is basically a website that can be edited whilst online. With an edit button on the site (like you can see on this wiki), multiple people can enter information into the wiki and it can easily be edited from any computer with internet access. You can also 'lock down' a wiki so that only members can edit and you can even choose to have a wiki that only members can view.

You may wish to set up a new wikispace and here is link a showing you how to do this:

Just to show you a few statistics about how many people view the Technology wikispaces:



Features

We are going to look at the following features:
  • overview and using the edit toolbar
  • setting up new pages
  • adding images
  • adding links to pages
  • adding tags to pages
  • adding table of contents (toc) to pages
  • adding PowerPoint presentations to wikispace using
  • adding YouTube videos
  • adding Google Docs Presentations
  • adding Google Docs Forms
  • look and feel of your wikispace

Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References ----

Edit Toolbar

Each editable page on Wikispaces has an "edit" button at the top of the page. Click on the "edit" button to bring up the page editor. The page editor allows you to add text and pictures to a page and to format that page. The editor has a visual mode and a plain text mode.
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Click on the "edit" button to use some of the features, add an image and some text, add a web address and create a link, and add a widget for example a PowerPoint presentation or YouTube video. Whilst you are in the edit mode Wikispaces automatically saves regularly, but it is a wise precaution to also additional push the save button, this then returns to the actual wikispace and you will have to click on edit again to continue editing.
NB There is no spellchecker within wikispaces so you may want to download the Google spellchecker.

Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References

New Pages

Adding pages to you wiki is straight forward, just find the "new page" button at the top of the page, the most important thing to remember is that each page needs an individual name. Watch the video.


Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References

Links

Adding links:
  1. You can link one page to another page, particularly as on the msc-technology wikispace the pages are not shown in the navigation bar.
  2. You can add links to web pages and URLs
  3. You can place links on the words you type

  1. You can place links on images and photos and make buttons for example here is are some simple button created in Photoshop
brushed_metal_on_button_off.png link1.jpg
red_button.png link2.jpg

Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References

Images

Adding images to your wiki, which you have saved to your computer, or thumb-drive, can be uploaded to the wiki and stored online, and reused as many times as you wish.
It is important to note that image size does really matter ! The whole wiki page workable area is 800 pixels wide (for most computers), therefore if you download a picture straight from your camera it will be about 2500 pixels wide depending on your settings. (its a good idea to reset the settings on you camera to web/tv size, if you know most of the images are going to go onto the web) Pixels cost memory and slow down the upload time of each image so it is good practice to have pictures about the size you want them on the page. You can use any photo editing software to change the image size, the image resolution for the web should be set to 72 dpi.
Personally I work with multiples of 50s when deciding on the width of images, knowing that the page is 800 pixels wide if I want the image to take up half the page I make it 400 pixels wide, if I want it to be smaller I work with 200, and 150 pixels wide, etc.
So here's how to add an image:
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Here are thumbnails of the images you can add to your page:
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Image_2.jpg
Image_3.jpg
Image_4.jpg
Image_5.jpg
Image 1
Image 2
Image 3
Image 4
Image 5
Alternatively you can add images straight from the web, for example click on this image: select "copy image location" and add it to your page using the external image tab and paste it in. you can alter the sizes and position using the plus and minus buttons
external image wiki2.jpg

Or go to this site and "copy the image location" http://www.ignitesocialmedia.com/services/applying-social-media/wikis/
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Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References

Tags

Tags are a simple, and light-weight way to categorize and classify pages, without having to make up an organizational system in advance.
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These will be updated over the summer on the technology wikispaces.
Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References

TOC

Here are the instructions for creating Table of Contents for each wiki page:
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  • Click Edit this Page
  • Paste this little bit of code at the top of the page
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  • The code will pull all the text on your page designated as Heading 1, 2. or 3.
  • The Heading 1 text will be left justified in the Table of Contents.
  • Heading 2 text will be slightly indented and Heading 3 will be slightly more indented.
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tocflat.jpg
  • Using this bit of code will add a flat table of contents designated as Heading 1 text only, as used as section breaks on this page.
Just recently Wikispaces added toc to their embed widgit tool, which still uses the designated Headings 1,2, and 3.

Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References

Playlists

When you search for videos I recommended that you save them as your 'favorites' so that you can find them again. or even better save them as 'playlists'. With playlists - a collection of YouTube videos which you give an individual name to. So if you find four or five videos you want your students to watch and you do not want to upload and embed them all individually, you can upload a YouTube player which plays the contents of your playlist.


Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References

Look & Feel

Adding visual content can make pages exciting and visually stimulating which will engage and encourage your students to join in with the learning experience.
Wordle
Quizzes
Animations
Jigsaws
Comicstrips
Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References ----

References

The following two sites have a wealth of materials for you to use upload download and look at its worth a wet sunday afternoon looking through each link and making evaluations. There are also tips and tricks available here.


Features | Edit Toolbar | New Pages | Links | Images | Tags | TOC | Playlists | Look & Feel | References