Presenter: Jess McCulloch

Today's two most important words:


What is a Wiki?

1. Poll -To read the answer options go to: How much do you know about wikis? To enter your answer go to: and enter the number that was beside the answer option that applies to you.

What I have done with Wikis:

find out on my page of this wiki...

PART 1 - Starting the wiki

By the end of this section you will:

  • have created your own wiki
  • be able to add new pages to it
  • be able to change colours and fonts
  • added ideas for using wikis in the classroom to a wiki page. You will find the link below.

This slideshow will take you through the set up process, and show you how to change the colour of your wiki.

Click here to go to Wikispaces to 'sign up' for a Wiki:
TIP: As with most Web 2.0 tools, you will find the 'Sign Up,' 'Register' or 'Join' sections in the top right hand corner - or pretty close to it!

Wikispaces - Ad-free, Private Wikis for Educators

Here are some official video tutorials from Wikispaces:
Wikispaces Video Tutorials

Now that you have played, what ideas do you have for using a wiki in the classroom? Add your ideas here.

SESSION 2 - adding things to your wiki
By the end of this session you will:
  • be able to embed videos in your wiki
  • be able to add images and files to your wiki
  • be able to link to other websites from your wiki
  • be introduced to 2 other Web 2.0 applications you can use with your wiki (TeacherTube and Slideshare)

This slideshow will take you through those processes:

Now that you have done even more with your wiki, what further ideas do you have for using a wiki in the classroom? Add your ideas here.

SESSION 3 - Taking Chinese Away – creating mobile lessons for students using mp3 files and mp3 players

Once thing I have enjoyed doing is recording short lessons for my students that they can then listen to at their own pace. Here is where you can find the lessons I've created:

technoChinese Audio Lessons

These videos will show you how to create files in Audacity. The content of the files is up to you! Things to consider when making audio lessons:
  • Keep it fairly short or the kids get confused with too many new words.
  • Encourage them throughout the lesson to speak out loud
  • Have plenty of pauses to give them chances to say the words
  • You can get them to respond by creating recordings of their own - either on the computer or with their phones!

If this video doesn't work, click here.

If this video doesn't work, click here.
And if you want to take it a little further:

And a bit further still...

To give your recorded lessons to your students you can:
  • upload them to your school network
  • upload them to several mp3 players and share them around the class
  • upload them to the internet for the students to download at home. To make your audio lessons available on the internet for your students, you can upload them to Podomatic. You will need to create an account, but it's free.

Here is another page I have created about podcasting on my blog, technoLanguages. It has these same videos, but also includes an introductory video about what podcasting is as well as lots of links to resources such as 'podsafe' music and 'sound loops' that you can include in your podcast once you get the hang of it.

REMEMBER - You can add these audio files to your wiki. It will automatically turn them in to a little player. Also, if you use Podomatic or something similar, you can embed a player into your wiki.

SESSION 4 - Drawing Characters Online – Screencasting

Screencasting is when you record what you are doing on your computer. Here are some examples of some screencasting that I did for my students, and some they did for me! Screencasting is a great way to assess character writing:

For this, I used the screen recording software that came with the interactive whiteboard that I had in my classroom. If you have an IWB, then you will have some sort of recorder that you can use for screencasting. If you don't have an IWB see if your school has some software that will do screencasting - a common one is called Camtasia Studio.

It is best to use an IWB or a tablet computer as that then allows you to draw the characters with a pen.
But, if all that fails, there is a free, online option for you. You will need to use two different applications:Scriblink (which we will use to draw characters) and Screentoaster (which we will use to record what we are drawing).

This slideshow will take you through how to do it:

Now that you have done even more beyond your wiki, what further ideas do you have for using a wiki in the classroom? What ideas do you have for using screencasting in your classroom? And what about making audio lessons? Add your ideas here. Also, if you have created a wiki that you will continue to use, please also leave your name and the link to your wiki on that page.


SESSION 5 - Recap and some more wiki features

1. Locate and sign in to your wiki
2. What did we learn how to do last time? Any questions about any of those aspects?
  • How have you used your wiki since?
  • Let's have some examples up on the screen!
  • What things have you found to be easy? difficult? Not worth the time?
3. Recap task - at the top of this page there is the 'Links to Wiki Ideas & Participants Wikis'. On this page, leave your name, your school, a link to your wiki and some ideas on how you are going to use your wiki and any other ideas you have. You can also take this time to try adding an image again, embed a video, or add another page to your wiki.

Now, let's move on and look at some more features of your wiki:

In case they don't work in the slideshow, here are the videos referred to:

RSS in Plain English

Google Reader in Plain English

(more videos like this can be found at CommonCraft - and also on YouTube)

Wikispaces Manage Space Intro

It's now time for you to:
  • ask for any help needed
  • go and have a look at what other people are doing
  • talk to others about your ideas and give some feedback on their ideas
  • join the Hanyu Laoshi ning network if you would like to