kidscollaboration.pngWikispaces Tutorials for Students

What is a wiki? Simply put, a wiki is a website that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections. Some examples might be Wikipedia, or even your classroom Wikispaces site.

Wikis allow people to work together to create and share content, add comments, and discuss. Through collaboration, a wiki can be stronger than a website that anyone writes on his/her own. A team is stronger than an individual.

Web 2.0
Web 2.0 is an ever-expanding collection of applications and websites that differ from Web 1.0 in that they are interactive and allow for the user to talk back to the Web by offering comments, editing content and creating their own content on the Web. Dublin City Schools offers a variety of Web 2.0 tools to staff and students. These tools are meant to enhance the traditional classroom.

Purpose of these Web 2.0 Tools
Dublin City Schools offer a variety of Web 2.0 tools to help students learn, demonstrate, and extend their learning beyond the traditional classroom. These tools will help students develop their ability to collaborate, create, edit, and demonstrate many other skills to online audiences. These online tools will allow students to have access to materials and tools while away from school, through computers and other web-access devices.

Students will learn about username and password privacy, and the importance of keeping that information to themselves. Students should never log in as someone else, nor should they allow anyone other than their parents to use their personal login information. Personal images should not be used, except with written permission from parents. Images of other students should not be used, except with their parent's permission. Full names, addresses, and other specific information that would indicate the students' locations should be avoided.

The students will learn about internet etiquette in regards to publishing appropriate comments. They will learn about internet permanence and the need to be truthful, tactful, and kind. Copyright will also be discussed, so students will create their own work, not just take the work of others as their own. Work that is published on the web will be public only after permission has been granted by the parents.

Permission Form
  1. Students agree not to share their username and password with anyone besides their teacher or parents. Students agree to never log in as another student.
  2. Students will not publish their last name. All photos and videos used will not identify the students by full name.
  3. Students are expected to treat any Web 2.0 space as a classroom space. Speech and other communications should always be classroom appropriate.
  4. Web 2.0 spaces are a vehicle for sharing student thoughts/work. School appropriate topics are permissible if they are for student learning. Web 2.0 spaces provide students with access to real audiences, that can leave respectful, helpful comments. If something on the space makes a student uncomfortable, they should notify their teacher immediately.
  5. Students should not download or install any software without permission. They should also not click on any advertisements or contests.
  6. Students should never use a Web 2.0 space to threaten, harass, or discriminate against others. Behaviors in the Web 2.0 spaces will be treated like the classroom. Repect and courtesy are very important.
  7. Students should use honesty and integrity in the creation of materials in their Web 2.0 spaces. They should identify their sources and strive for accuracy in interpretation of information. Items that are created should be helpful to others in a learning environment.
  8. Students are accountable for the information they publish. If mistakes are made or information is inaccurate, admit the mistake and take every action to correct. It is important to your readers and viewers, that your product is of excellent quality.
  9. Failure to follow these rules/expectations can result in academic sanctions and/or disciplinary action.

Elementary Web 2.0 Permission Slip
Middle School Web 2.0 Permission Slip
HIgh School Web 2.0 Permission Slip