Using Wikispaces to Collaborate

Wisconsin Educator Standards

6. Teachers communicate well.
The teacher uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

Wikispaces are a great way to work on a collaborative, multimedia project or a simple way to make a classroom website. Watch the following simple video to get you started on your next collaborative project:

View this PowerPoint put out by Wikispaces to help you get started:

Some things you should consider when you construct a wiki page:
  1. Use both graphics and text to keep your page visually interesting.
  2. Use headings and subheadings to make it easier to find information on your page.
  3. Use the same size and style of font to keep things looking connected. Limit yourself two only one or two that are easy to read. This will ensure that your wiki looks consistent.
  4. Keep it professional - avoid using different text colors or backgrounds for each section.
  5. The Wikispaces text editor can be tempermental and does not include spell check; copy and paste from Word documents to keep things simple.
  6. Use the discussion tab at the top of your page to ask questions of your partners and to communicate your progress to other members of your group.
  7. Lock your pages if you don't want people to change or modify your work.
  8. Make sure all of your hyperlinks work. You don't want your audience to click on a dead link.
  9. Save often. You don't want to lose all of your hard work!
  10. Be patient and experiment. You won't break anything and you never know what you might learn.
  11. Be creative.