Self-Guided Wiki Lab Session

Following the following steps to gain an understanding of wikis and their educational applications. By the time you finish, you will have created your own wiki and will have all the tools necessary to turn that wiki into an engaging and dynamic educational tool.

Why Use Wikis?

What is Web 2.0?

Step 1: What are wikis?

Get an idea for the functionality of wikis by taking the Wiki Walk-Through

Read the Education Week Digital Directions article, "Wiki Wisdom: Lessons for Educators"

Wikis in Plain English - Common Craft Show

Step 2: Wikis for Educators


Wikispaces Teacher Help wiki

Click here to download a getting started guide about Wikispaces for educators.

Ad-Free Educational Wikis

I hear you offer free Plus spaces (which are free with no advertising) to K-12 (primary and secondary) teachers. How do I sign up?
That's right. You can sign up here.

How do I upgrade to a free, ad-free K–12 wiki?

  1. Navigate to your wiki.
  2. Select Manage Wiki.
  3. Under Settings, select Subscription.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the Request Your Free Upgrade Now link.

If you’re not sure whether your wiki is on the K–12 Plus plan, go to Manage Wiki > Subscriptions. After Plan, you should find the text, “Your wiki is currently on our Plus plan. Your Plus plan wiki is free, compliments of Wikispaces.”

If it does not say this, you can request a complimentary upgrade to Plus for K–12 education when you follow the Request Your Free Upgrade Now link at the bottom of the page.

Any time you want to create a new K–12 wiki, go to

If you want to create more K-12 spaces, you can do so here.

How can I create accounts for my students?

Once your wiki is on our free K–12 Plus plan, you can create up to 100 accounts at a time with our User Creator tool. You will not need to provide email addresses for your students when you use the User Creator Tool:
  1. Navigate to your wiki.
  2. Select Manage Wiki.
  3. Under People, select User Creator.
  4. Choose the wiki you would like to add the users to.
  5. Enter your list of users as text, or upload an excel or .csv file with usernames and passwords. Email addresses aren't required to create accounts. Keep in mind that every Wikispaces username must be unique. Try using numbers, or initials, or a first name-last name combination to create unique usernames.
  6. The User Creator will guide you through the process of setting up your accounts. If you have any questions, send us an email at .

If you have more than 100 students, just go through the User Creator process with different lists of 100 names.

My students already have accounts. Can I add them to my wiki?

Yes. If your students have already created accounts on Wikispaces or had accounts created for another wiki/class, you can invite them to your wiki. To bulk invite them to your wiki just follow these steps:
  1. Navigate to your wiki.
  2. Select Manage Wiki.
  3. Under People select Invite People.
  4. Enter up to 100 students' usernames or email addresses, separated by commas or line breaks.
  5. Press Send.

The next time the student logs into their account (or checks their email, if the account is associated with a confirmed email address) they will be able to view and accept the invitation.

Step 3: Register for Wikispaces and set up your new wiki.

  • Create a username and password.
  • Create a name for your new wiki.
  • Join this wiki.

Step 4: Build Your Wiki

Wikispaces Tutorial UPDATED
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Try their video tutorials. They are a great way to get started. Or, take a look at the PowerPoint above and the PDF files below.


Step 5: Widgetize and Power Up Your Wiki

Click here to access resources for widgets and dynamic wiki stylesheet and page formatting.

Learn to incorporate dynamic Web 2.0 widgets (i.e. embed HTML code using the TV icon and the code offered by the web service)

Read this document on Scribd: Widgets for Your Wiki

  • Learn how to add special features like scrolling banners, embedded web pages, frame and page background color, widgets, and much more on the Wiki Formatting Resources page
  • If you are interested in editing your Wikispaces wiki stylesheet visit to learn about CSS.

Where can I see some examples of how other teachers using Wikispaces?

Have a look over here. It's a wiki so you can contribute your own examples and ideas. The Teacher First wiki has excellent integration ideas. Share your ideas on our WallWisher.

Creating a Presentation About Wikispaces?

[copied from the Wikispaces Teachers Help Page]

Click here to download a presentation about Wikispaces for educators.

Below is a Getting Started handout you can print out to give to your colleagues. We introduce how to create a Wikispaces educational space, begin editing your page, create accounts for your students, and more.

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