Help:Teachers/Starting

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You wish to try out Wikimini with your students ?

This page suggests a practical and brief guide about the main adviced steps to start using Wikimini with your class.

Introduce Wikimini to the class

Explain to your students the point and function of Wikimini. To help you, you can for example use :

[-sMiLeY-] You can also invite your students to discover the website by themselves, for example by creating an article at home.

Creating an account for each student

It is strongly advised that each student has its own account on Wikimini (even if your student might work together on a same article). This will give them more responsability and will allow you to follow precisely everyone's contributions.

To start their account, students must choose :

  1. a username
  2. a password
If they want to, students can also indicate their e-mail adress (useful if they forget their password !).

[-sMiLeY-] The following document (printable) will guide your students for this step that only takes a minute.

Create your own account

If you haven't done it yet, create your own personal account. This way, you will be able to intervene in articles ; and you will have a personal page and a watchlist that will be useful later.

Write your personal page

Once your account created, you can write your personal page. In this page, you can for example introduce yourself and create a table Create a table listing all your students and their articles.

Example of personnal page

I am a teacher near Paris, and I work with students between 10 and 12 to create or improve articles that have to do with themes we addressed in class.

Ongoing or completed projects :

> Project « Animals » : June-July 2008 (completed)

Student Username Ongoing article(s)
Laurent J. Lorangeo Octopus
Charlotte F. CharlieFierro Bee
Julien S. Zztest6 Sloth

Of course, all of this is is optional, but it will allow other Wikiminauts to better understand and welcome your students' contibutions, and possibly to advice or help you if necessary.

Get started

Your students are now able to contribute to Wikimini. For example, to begin, they could create their own personal page to introduce themselves.

[-sMiLeY-] The following documents (to print) will help students starting out on Wikimini. Put them on display next to the computers.

First benchmarks
First benchmarks
Steps to follow in order to write and edit articles
Writing an article
The rules to know and follow in Wikimini
Rules of use

Mark a school project

Explainations

When you're planning to work for a while on an article with your students, you can mark it as a « school project ».

Bg-pin.gif October 2015: The following informations are not relevant anymore. We will soon explain how you can mark a school project. In the meantime, you can just add a short explanation on top of the article.

In the article's page, you just need to click on the Cone icon and fill the blanks in the new window that appears. A scroll similar to this one will then be added on top of the article :

Template:School project

This way, you will be able to work on any article you want, as well as follow and appreciate your students' contributions ; without other Wikiminauts intervening in said articles.

Furthermore, by using this template, all the articles your students are working on will automatically be listed one the « School project » page, wich will make following them easier.

[-sMiLeY-] Advice : When your students indicate your username in the « School project » scroll, make sure they write it the exact same way you registered it when creating your account (if necessary, see the user list). You can just write it on your classroom's board !

Three simple conditions

To mark an article as a school project :

  1. The teacher or the person in charge needs to have their own Wikimini account.
  2. On their personal page, the teacher or person in charge can specify their role (teacher, librarian, intern, ...) and briefly expain what their students are going to do on Wikimini.
  3. Once the work is done on an article marked as a « school project », you will need to delete the scroll to allow other Wikiminauts to contribute (please don't forget to delete it !).


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