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A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant: you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. A wiki is continuously “under revision.” It is a living collaboration whose purpose is the sharing of the creative process and product by many. One famous example is Wiki-pedia, an online encyclopedia with no “authors” but millions of contributors and editors. The word "wiki" comes from Hawaiian language, meaning "quick" or "fast."

The Difference between a Wiki and a Blog

(from a chat i had with Adam F. of wikispaces at Tappedin.org)
"The simple answer is that a blog is like a journal. It's great if you want to have an ongoing dialogue or discussion. Say, if the kids are keeping a daily diary about their homework, or about any topic.
A wiki, however, is less about new content every day, and more about evolving the same content over time.
So for example, on a wiki, you could have a student post an essay, and then another student can make some additions and corrections, and another, and another, and over time the essay improves and becomes the work of the whole class.
"Blogs are about communicating, wikis are about getting work done, or working together"
Or Wikis are about Quick VERY Quick....web publishing! If you don't have a blog or a webpage - start with a Wiki!


external image 6896045626_026b10b956.jpgTips and Tricks: Formatting a Page

By Carole
One of the most common questions we get is also one of the hardest to answer: How do I make my wiki look good?
external image formatting8.pngOf course there’s no one simple trick for attractive wikis. The best advice we can give you is to get in there and play with it — and to be inspired by all the wonderful wikis that your colleagues have already made. So, instead of giving you a how-to, we wanted to highlight some of the simplest tools you’ve got, and how you can use them to make your wiki shine.

Headings

Clear, clean pages are always appealing. And the simplest way to set up clear sections in your wiki page is to use preformatted headings. When you set a line as a heading (from Heading 1 through Heading 6) it will be made larger and bolder than the rest of the page. And, more than that, setting up headings lets you add a Table of Contents widget to the top of your page, so it’s even easier for visitors to read and navigate your page.
2. Fonts
A little more complicated than Headings — and a lot more fun! — are all your options for fonts. Spend some time with your Style Text tool. I promise you won’t regret it. Not only can you change the font itself (to Times New Roman, Comic Sans, and many more), you also can adjust the size, alignment, position, and color. You can modify a whole paragraph or line of text, or just one word, or even a single letter at a time.
external image formatting4.pngThese are all fantastic options, and tweaking them can make a huge difference to your page. But I have to admit to having a favorite, and that’s changing the color. If you know the hexadecimal value of your favorite color, you can just type it into the Text Color field. For the rest of us, there’s a handy-dandy color picker. The outside circle lets you pick color, then the inside square lets you adjust the value (that is, how much white, black, or gray is added to the color you’ve chosen). Just play around until the preview displays the color you want.
You can set the Background Color the same way you chose a font color. This won’t change the color of the whole page. Instead, it creates a solid stripe behind the text you’ve selected, like you’ve gone over it with a highlighter in any color you choose.
3. Horizontal Rules
Some people never use horizontal rules. I love them. Just one button (click!), and you’ve added a tidy separation between two sections of your page. You can put them above your section headings to serve as a section break. Or you can put it right below the heading as a graphic element. Or you can put one above and one below to make a stripe with your heading inside it.

Adding Images

external image formatting3.pngOf the simple editor tools, this is probably the one with the biggest impact. Even a single image can make a huge change to the way your page looks and feels. So of course it’s important to choose the right images, and to format and crop them correctly. But, assuming you already have images that you’re happy with, you should also get familiar with your options for adding them to a page. That means adjusting the size of the image, adding a caption, even turning it into a link.
You can also change the alignment of an image. By default, an image has no alignment, which means that it gets treated more or less like a really big letter, in line with the other letters around it. If you center align an image, it will be centered on its own line. And if you change its alignment to the left or right, the rest of your text will wrap around it, like a picture in a magazine or a textbook.
This is the heart of a wiki: simple tools that anyone can use. But they give you nearly infinite options for building beautiful, impressive wiki pages. If you’ve built pages you’re proud of, share them in the comments below, or send us an email at help@wikispaces.com so we can take a look

Adding Sub or Extra Wikipages

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Type SOMETHING on that page to get started --ex, this is my new page & click save. Grab that new URL & hot link it to your main Wikipage!

Adding a link

Link to an existing page in the current wiki:
  1. Select the Link icon from the editor toolbar.
  2. 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.
  3. Click the Add Link button.
  4. Save the wiki page.

http://blog.wikispaces.com/2011/02/tips-and-tricks-formatting-a-page.html

Uploading files

  1. Click the plus-sign button next to Pages and Files.
  2. Switch to the Upload Files view.
  3. Click Upload Files.
  4. Select the file you would like to upload. Hold down the Ctrl key (Shift on a Mac) to select multiple files.

The size of the files you can upload will depend on your wiki’s plan. You can see the differences on ourpricing page.

Finding files

  1. Select Pages and Files.
  2. Under Filter by Type, select Files.
  3. Sort your files by name, type, who uploaded them, and when they were uploaded.

Putting files on a page

  1. Navigate to your wiki.
  2. Hit the Edit button.
  3. Place the cursor where you would like the link to your file to appear.
  4. Select the File icon from the editor toolbar.
  5. If you haven't already uploaded the file to your wiki, use the button to Upload Files.
  6. Page through your files, search by file name, or sort by tag.
  7. 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.
  8. Save the wiki page.

Deleting files

  1. Select Pages and Files.
  2. Under Filter by Type, select Files.
  3. Check the files you would like to delete and hit the Delete button.

Renaming files

  1. Select Pages and Files.
  2. Under Filter by Type, select Files.
  3. Move your mouse to the file you would like to rename, and click the Rename link when it appears.
  4. Type in the New File Name.
  5. Hit the Rename File button.

Tagging files

  1. Select Pages and Files.
  2. Under Filter by Type, select Files.
  3. Move your mouse to the file you would like to tag and click Edit.
  4. Type in your tags, pressing comma or enter between tags.
  5. Click the Save button to save your tags.

Check out our Tips and Tricks blog post and see how easy and helpful tags can be.

Adding Widgets

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All about using Wiki's in the classroom: online chats from tappedin.org...

Teachers: Want your own WIKI?

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Try a wiki at your school, and help us spread the word.


Inviting and adding people (and students!) to your WIKI!
Each person you invite will get an email with a link, when they click it, they will be asked to create an account, and they will automatically be made a member of your space But what if you want to invite students without email addresses?
In that case, all you have to do is send us (help@wikispaces.com) a list of usernames and passwords, and we can create all of your accounts for you. You can then just tell the students what their username and password is and show them how to login