Create Your Own Wiki Page

The best way to gain experience working in a wiki is to... um... work in a wiki.
So, for Think 11, your Discovery Exercise = your Task!

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Most wikis have a special page called a sandbox. The sandbox is a designated area where new users can "play around" with wiki formatting, features and editing.

For this "Think," we have a whole wiki site to use as our sandbox!

To get started on your Think 11 task, visit our wiki sandbox and read the instructions below or on the front page. Tip - Open the wiki sandbox in a new browser window and keep this page open too. That way you can go between the two pages as you work.

Wiki Sandbox
Everything you need to know to survive the sandbox:

Wikispaces Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

Sandbox Wiki page instructions:

Parts of the Sandcastle

(or, for you literal types - the stuff you need to do):
1. Add your personal page to this wiki, according to the Sandbox Page Instructions.
2. Add a l
ink on the first page of the sandbox wiki to your completed sandbox page (instructions below).
3. Visit the sandbox pages of two (or more) classmates and answer their
burning questions using the Discussion tab. Be sure to revisit your page to see if anyone has addressed your question!


for Creating Your Sandbox Page

Please read all instructions before beginning your page. You may want to print this page to use as a reference.

The idea here is for you to make a page with some choice of content, while ensuring you experiment with basic wiki formatting options. After you read the instructions, look at the Sample Sandbox Page to see what the finished product should more-or-less look like.
There are LOTS of help references at the bottom of this page.

Three important things-- Have fun and make small edits -- that means save the page every few minutes, then click Edit this Page to begin editing again! You do not have to complete your page all in one sitting, because you can edit it at any time, from any computer with Internet access.

To create your new page, click
New Page
(on the upper left of the sandbox wiki main page) and name your page (NO SPACES or punctuation other than an _ in page names, please).

When you have finished creating your page, go to the HOMEpage of the sandbox wiki and add a link to your page under "Our Sandbox Pages."
Be sure to complete the remaining items listed as well.

Your page should contain the following:

PLEASE NOTE: You are free to be creative with your section titles and page contents, include more than the minimum or adaptations of anything. Include pictures, tables, embeds, horizontal rules -- anything you want to try!
1. A
Table of Contents (type [toc] at the top of the page, except use TWO brackets on each side -- this is special code that will automatically turn into a table of contents when you add Headings. Watch the video if you are confused).
2. A catchy
page title (formatted using Heading 1). NOTE: The page title is not the same as the page name.
3. Four titled sections using
Heading 2 or 3 (so that your table of contents will have something in it).
Section 1: Introduction - Include your Name, School Name and Position, a link to your school Website (embedded), and a brief description of something you love about your job.
Section 2: Favorite Things - Make a bulleted or numbered list of something you like, such as favorite movies, books, quotations, superheroes, places to travel, restaurants, gadgets, obscure Latin phrases, etc... Anything you like, at least three items.
Section 3: Burning Question - Ask a question of the universe, anything you want... you will receive responses on the Discussion tab at the top of the page! Make this question bold or italicized!
Section 4: Web 2.0 Stuff - You will put content in this section from other modules in this course. As you go through the other modules and create products, practice embedding them into your sandbox wiki page.
4. At least one image. Upload an image from your computer or link to an image online (be conscious of copyright).

stretch.jpgStretch Task

Create a Voki and embed it into your Wiki page!

Help Resources

Sample Sandbox Page- This sample page shows the basics of what your page should include. Feel free to click "Edit this Page" if you want to see how it looks in editing mode. Please don't change the page, though.
The Wikispaces Cheat Sheet (PDF) - a printable quick reference that includes instructions for all the crazy things you are asked to do above, and more! The only thing not included is how to change fonts and add colored text, but I bet you can figure that out.

Wikispaces Sandbox Mini-Movies** - Super-short video clips (1-2 minutes) demonstrating basic wiki tasks.
o Create a new page, add a table of contents and a page title
o Add page sections
o Add text and embedded links
o Add a bulleted or numbered list and bold or italic text
o Upload and insert an image from your computer
o Insert an external image linked from a website
o Insert a wiki link (different from an external link)
o Leave a discussion comment on a wiki page