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 :
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 :
- a username
- a password
Create your own account
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 listing all your students and their articles.
Example of personnal page
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.
Your students are now able to contribute to Wikimini. For example, to begin, they could create their own personal page to introduce themselves.
Writing an article
Rules of use
Mark a school project
When you're planning to work for a while on an article with your students, you can mark it as a « school project ».
Edit the article's page, and then, in the toolbar, click on « Insert > Template ». Look for the « School project » template and fill in the required fields. A scroll similar to this one will then be added on top of the article :
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.
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 :
- The teacher or the person in charge needs to have their own Wikimini account.
- 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.
- 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 !).