How do I create a wiki page?

Follow this procedure:
  1. Click on the + next to Pages and Files (in the menu on the right) to do an Add Page.
  2. In the pulldown for "Use a Template", select the appropriate template. There are specialized templates to create educator curriculum developer pages, student curriculum developer pages, and school pages. All other pages should probably begin with Starter Page. If you don't like what's there, you can always edit or delete the starter information. If you don't want to use a template at all, select "None (a blank page)".
  3. Specify the page name. Pick a clearly recognizable name for the page, since many others may want to link to your page, and should easily be able to tell what you page is about, based on the page name.
  4. When you add a page, you are automatically in Edit mode and can type or paste whatever you want.
  5. Edit the template contents.
  6. As much as possible, use Links, for example to Content that you or others created, to your bio (curriculum developer) page, or to your school.
  7. Click on the Save button to save your page.
  8. If you created any links on your page, test them out by clicking on the links, one at a time. Does the link take you where you expected? After clicking on a link, use the Back button on your browser (looks like a Left-Arrow in Internet Explorer) to go back to your bio page and try another link.

How do I find one of my wiki pages?

Click on the Pages and Files link in the menu on the right. It displays a list of your wiki pages, 20 at a time. More importantly, you can do a Search, as in Wikipedia, and find anything. Type a part of the name of your wiki page and then click Search.

You can also search inside all of the wiki pages for specific words. Use the Search bar in the menu on the right.

After a while you will decide when you want to use the Search feature in Pages and Files and when you want to conduct a the full wiki Search using the Search bar on the right.

After browsing a while, how do I go back to one of my earlier wiki pages?

Your browser Back button lets you go backwards through your wiki pages. At any time you can click on Wiki Home in the menu on the right to return to the home page, and browse from there. You can also use the Pages and Files link in the menu on the right, and then Search for a specific page

How can I help others to find my wiki pages?

You can put a "link" to your wiki page on literally any of the other wiki pages. This is a privilege, so don't abuse it. Only put a link to your page if it makes sense. That is, your wiki page should have something to do with the topic covered on the other wiki page.

For example, as a new user of Wikulum, you start by creating a bio page for yourself and then placing a link to your page on the Curriculum Developers page. This makes sense, since you are establishing yourself as one of our curriculum developers. By putting yourself on the list, people can find your name and click on your link. If someone forgets your name, they can scroll through the list and find you. For detailed instructions, see below for How do I create a link to my wiki page?

For another good example of of linking to related pages, see General Learning Tools. Someone looking for learning tools would click on that. Then they would see a list of tool types. You can list your wiki page under any of the tool types that apply to you!

You are encouraged to create as many links and lists of links as you want. That's how we provide structure for an otherwise random collection of ideas.

How do I create a link to my wiki page?

Go into Edit mode by clicking on the Edit button (near the top of the screen). After that, go to where you want to insert a link to your wiki page. For example, you might want to add a bullet to a list so that you can add yourself to the list.

Perhaps you want to reference your page in the middle of a sentence. Example: "Check out General Learning Tools to find possible topics that you can use to link to your wiki page." In this case, you type "Check out " (remember to put a space after the word "out") and then insert your link. After that, you type the rest of the sentence, first typing a space: " to find possible topics that you can use to link to y our wiki page."

Creating the link is easy:
  1. While in Edit mode, click on the Link button which appears near the top of the screen when in Edit mode.
  2. Use the Page Name pulldown menu to find your wiki page.
  3. If you want your wiki page to appear in a new window, so that the current wiki page doesn't go away, click on New Window. Use this feature wisely. You don't want to create a new window for every wiki page. It's useful, for example, if you want to pop up instructions for using the current wiki page. Obviously you don't want the current page to go away, or the instructions won't make sense.
  4. Click on the Add Link button to insert your link.

How do I insert a special symbol, or a table, or some advanced editing feature?

Create whatever you want in Microsoft Word, do a Copy from MS Word, and then Paste inside your wiki page while in Edit mode. After you Paste, make certain Wikispaces did what you wanted.

To place your wiki page into Edit mode, click on the Edit button near the top of the screen.

To copy from MS Word, highlight the part you want to copy then use Ctrl-C, or else click right and select Copy. (The Copy command is also under the Edit menu in MS Word.)

To paste into your wiki page (while in Edit mode), go to where you want to insert the MS Word content, then use Ctrl-V, or else click right and select Paste.

How do I indent in Wikispaces?

There is no Indent button in Wikispaces. In Microsoft Word, create the text that you want (with indenting), copy it, and then paste it into your Wikispaces page, while in Edit mode.

Indent bulleted lists are a special situation, which you can do directly in Wikispaces, using a special "trick."

A "feature" of Wikispaces (which is nice when you want it and annoying when you don't) is that it automatically indents your bullet list one more level if you paste a bullet inside another bullet. This is very odd behavior the first time you see it, but play around with it until it makes sense to you.

Try this:
  1. Copy a bulleted line. (Highlight the text, then use Ctrl-C or else click right and select Copy.)
  2. Go to the end of that line, then Paste the line you copied. (Use Ctrl-V or else click right and select Paste.) Voila! You have an indented bullet (with a copy of the old text). Edit the text as you wish.

For example, if you already have a bullet for "Sample first line," this is what your results will look like:
  • Sample first line.
    • Sample first line. [This pasted line is the same as the preceding line, but then you edit it.]

If this procedure for indenting is confusing, just use MS Word to do your indenting, then copy and paste from Word.

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