Instructions for editing this wiki are included here as well as within the class materials.
Jump To: Wiki Etiquette | Formatting | Creating a New Page for your Final Project | How to Add Links to a Wiki Page | How to Fix Links | How to Attach Files to Your Page | How to Link your Plan on the Theme Page | Give Feedback to Two Classmates Using the Wiki Page Discussion | How to Subscribe to Changes and Discussions


Wiki Etiquette


  1. Don't delete other people's work.
  2. Contribute!
  3. If you see a mistake, fix it!
  4. Follow the pattern/organization of the wiki when adding new information.
  5. Only contribute items where YOU own the copyright. Otherwise reference and link the source. Don't copy ideas onto the wiki page. Instead link to where the idea is written online.
  6. If your idea is adapted from someone else's idea; give them credit! Include a line such as Idea adapted from Book Title by Joe Blow.
  7. Read more about Wiki Etiquette on Wikipedia.

Formatting

Editing online is much more simplistic than in a word processor. So don't have high expectations for what you can do!
  1. You'll notice on the toolbar you have bold, italics, underline and font colors. Please use font colors sparingly.
  2. The pull down menu has several heading levels and the "normal" formatting. Most of the thematic wiki pages are using a table of contents, which uses the Heading format to generate the table of contents automatically.
  3. You can also add bullets or numbered lists.

Creating a New Page for your Final Project

  1. Login to AVLNPathways.wikispaces.com.
  2. Click Pages and Files on the top left. You're making a New Page.
  3. Write the working title of your unit or learning center plan. (You can change it later if you need to.)
  4. From the template pull down menu, choose the Thematic Unit or Thematic Learning Center Plan template. This fills in all the headings for you already. Yay!
  5. Tags: Add the tag for your selected theme. Just start writing, it will come in! Make sure you use one of the themes for the class that you're taking.
  6. Tags: Add the tag for your grade level(s). Just K or 1 or 2, etc. If you have multiple grade levels, put a comma between each one. i.e. K, 1, 2 or 5, 6, 7, 8.
  7. Fill in the first section: Name and school at least.
  8. Save!
  9. You'll find your new page show up automagically on the lesson plans page (if you tagged it correctly!). This is the easiest way to find it again for editing. If you can't find it there, email me and I'll help fix it so it will show up.

How to Add Links to a Wiki Page

  1. Go to the website that you want to link. Highlight the URL in the address bar at the top and copy it.
  2. Login to AVLNPathways.wikispaces.com.
  3. Navigate to the page you want to edit (your lesson plan or the theme page for this week).
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Write the text that will be the link (some nice descriptor or the title of the page). Then highlight it.
  6. Click the Link button on the edit menu. Click the External Link tab.
  7. Paste in the web address. Change the link text if you need to.
  8. Click Add Link.
  9. Click Save.
  10. Voila! Now test it and make sure it works properly!

How to Fix Links

Did you find a link that doesn't work? You can fix it! Here's how.
  1. Find where the site went. Sometimes you can take the title of the page and search that in Google to see where the site went. If you find a new site, copy the URL.
  2. Then on the wiki page, click anywhere in the text that references the link. Clink the Link button. Click the External Link tab if it didn't come up automatically. Paste the new address in the Address field.
  3. Click Add Link. Click Save.
If the site seems to be totally gone, try to find a similar resource and replace it. Otherwise just delete that line on the page.

How to Attach Files to Your Page

Do you have any extra materials, worksheets or other materials you want to add to your lesson plan? Remember, you should only post on the Internet work that YOU CREATED. Never upload files that you found on the Internet onto another website. Instead, link to them. Never scan anything from a book or published material and upload that file.
  1. Add copyright information to your originally created file. Create a a footer indicating what permission is given for other educators to use. (i.e. Copyright YOUR NAME. Permission granted to copy for educational use.)
  2. First, let's name the file to keep the files on the wiki organized. Name the file in this format: LASTNAME_TOPIC_KIND. i.e. Lim_Heroes_Worksheet.doc.
  3. Go to AVLNPathways.wikispaces.com and navigate to your lesson plan page. Click Edit and click where you want to insert the file.
  4. Click File, Upload Files, click the name of the file to add it in your page. You'll see a little grey widget box.
  5. Now save the page and view it. Voila!
  6. If you need to delete a file, you can go to Manage Wiki, Files, and delete there. Be careful not to delete anyone else's files!!

How to Link your Plan on the Theme Page

When your lesson is totally done and ready, we want to link it on the theme page as well.
  1. Login to AVLNPathways.wikispaces.com.
  2. Navigate to the theme page (i.e. T8 Yesterday - Grades 1-2).
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Find a place on the page among all the other ideas to add your lesson plan. Hit enter to get a new line or bullet.
  5. Write the title of your lesson / learning plan. Then highlight it.
  6. Click the Link button on the edit menu. Use the page name pull down menu to find your page.
  7. Click Add Link.
  8. Click Save.
  9. Voila! Now test it and make sure it works properly!

Give Feedback to Two Classmates Using the Wiki Page Discussion

  1. Login to AVLNPathways.wikispaces.com.
  2. Go to the Lesson Plans page. Find one of the lessons by your classmates in this session.
  3. Click the lesson/learning center plan.
  4. Click the Discussion tab.
  5. Click New Post and write your message. Remember this is public for the whole world to see. So be friendly, positive, and share tips or additional ideas and resources. Click Post when done.
  6. Repeat with one more lesson from a classmate.

How to Subscribe to Changes and Discussions

Optional: Because you've posted this on a wiki, members of the wiki (past and future participants of this class) could edit your page, or comment on your page. Because of this capability, you might want to subscribe to changes so you get a notification in your email when someone says something (likely) or changes something on your page (less likely).
  1. Login to AVLNPathways.wikispaces.com.
  2. Go to the Lesson Plans page. Click on your page. AND/OR Go to the theme page you want to track.
  3. Click Notify Me on the orange tabs.
  4. Choose if you want to be notified of page edits, discussions, or both. Click Update.
  5. Are there any other pages you want to subscribe to the changes or discussions? Repeat for those pages too!