What's a Wiki?

If you are familiar with Wikipedia, you already know something about wikis. They are an interactive way to communicate, share ideas and resources or publish individual creations. Members can add content, edit pages, or upload files. Wikis are better than static web pages because they are interactive, meaning that communication is not just one direction; it is multi-directional. This is the place to collaborate, communicate, discuss, create, share, relate, and update!
Websites are out. Wikis are in. Email is out. Wikis are in.

Who made it?

Saddlebrook's Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Bushong, created the wiki, but everyone who is a member can add to it. It will be continually changing as people contribute to it, information is updated, and new uses for it are developed.

Why do I need it?

You need this technology tool to:
  • help you with homework
  • find information for research
  • keep up with class projects
  • practice writing and creating
  • build a 21st Century skill that will come in handy later in life
  • discuss ideas or comment on the ideas of others

What can I do with it?

Students might use the wiki to work on projects together, make comments or ask questions using this wiki. They may upload files, such as homework, or maybe photos, videos, or slideshows.

Teachers could use this wiki to supplement lessons, distribute handouts, direct students to particular websites, or assign work. They could even collect homework here without having to collect various email messages amongst the rest of their email. Look for classes on the Teacher Talk page.

Student Groups like the Student Council or National Honor Society might want to get feedback from students on events they are planning or ask for volunteers to sign up and help. Tennis or Golf have their own pages to post information or have discussions.

What about Privacy?

This wiki is set up to be a private wiki. No one may view or edit pages unless added as a member by the Library Media Specialist.

Does Wikispaces offer help?

Yes, they do. They have their own Youtube channel at
http://www.youtube.com/wikispacesvideos where you can view videos about using a wiki in the classroom, as well demonstrations on how to accomplish wiki tasks.

How do I get started using it?

The Home page consists of a bulletin board listing various areas of the wiki. Roll your curser over them and a pink line will circle around it. Click and you will be taken to the page for that topic. Those pages have links to related subpages. All pages are listed to the right, on the sidebar of each page.

Each page has tabs for discussion and additional information about how the page has changed. Some pages have been locked and cannot be edited. If there is no icon of a lock at the top of the page, teachers may add new pages and edit content and students may write comments and add to or change pages but not delete anything.

Teachers may decide to start their own class wiki, in which case they will find a link to it on their Teacher Talk page. Mrs. Bushong will assist with making another wiki for a particular class or project, for example.

To edit a page, refer to the following information from the Wikispaces help page:

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.

Getting started

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.

Adding 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.

Setting 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.

Adding 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.

Adding 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.

Adding 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.

Embedding 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.

Saving changes

Once you have finished making your edits, click the Save button in the editor toolbar.

Using the wikitext editor

Wikitext is a markup language that you can use to edit a wiki page, instead of using the visual editor. If you are not using Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, you might see the Wikitext Editor by default. We do not support other browsers with our visual editor yet.

If you are comfortable with wikitext, use the toggle arrow next to the Save button to switch to the Wikitext Editor. You can find a full list of our wikitext markup tools here.

Still have questions? Contact Wikispaces support.
For more help with using wikis in the classroom, check the best practices page.