Wikispaces

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Description: 
Wikispaces is an online application which allows users to create their own wiki site. You can share text, files, videos, pictures and many more. It allows you to link one content with another and create an extensive knowledge base. You can share your wiki with everyone you like.
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Resources required: 
No special resources required: Tablet, PC, Smartphone and Internet.
Cost: 
There are free and paid accounts. The prices are vary depending on user group: For Education • Single educational wikis – single wikis for classroom and educational use – Free • Sites for K-12 Schools and Districts – Collaborative environments for schools or districts – 100 users - $ 1,00/year • Sites for higher Ed-Collabrotative environments for colleges or universities - 100 users - $ 1,00/year For Businesses and Nonprofits • Private Label Sites – Collaborative environments for organizations – 100 users - $ 1,00/year For Personal and Group Projects • Basic – Great for individuals and small groups – free • Plus – A customizable wiki for collaboration - $ 5/month • Super – A powered wiki with features for big projects - $20/month
Setup and configuration: 
In order to get started the user needs to create an account, depending on tasks to be performed and professional background (eg teacher, business, target group). If you just want to join a wiki only username, password and email address are required. But y
Styling: 
To personalize your wiki you need to go to “manage wiki” after you have signed in and chosen one particular wiki. “Look and Feel” under “settings” gives you the possibility to change “Themes and Colors”, as well as “Wiki Stylesheet” and “Logo”. The custo
Navigation and operation: 
After creating an account and/or a new wiki the upcoming window tells you how to get started. There is also a useful HELP feature with predefined themes (eg. Add a Picture to a Page) at the top of the page. With a free account for single education you ca
How to use it: 
The homepage of your own Wikispaces is a static page that can give you an overview of the whole content. A short text or a short list can present the further contents. All words can be tagged (linked), but also the search field at the navigation bar could be used to find deeper information, which you have prepared before. After basic planning (topic, content) you can start writing the homepage and link to another not even or already existing site at your wiki, or another wiki, a website etc.
Examples of use: 
Creating learning Materials • Involve class: Teacher could create a text and ask pupils to support the content with videos and pictures. Thus, learning materials will be adapted according to the needs/wishes of students. It is expected that those materials are close to their “world”. • Participation of class by joint creation of learning materials– everybody is an author. The advantage is that the teacher can edit and/or correct texts and ensures that pupils do have appropriate learning materials. • Peer learning: Students help students by editing and correcting the joint text.
Other issues: 
Although all tools are easy to use, mind planning. It is important to keep a clear structure, in order to prevent confusion of participants.
Useful tips: 
No mobile application available yet (android or apple)