Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Eighth Course: Playing around with PBWiki

Trucks in a sandbox picture "Sandbox" is the term that wikis often use to describe the area of the website that should be used for pure play. For this discovery and exploration exercise, we’ve set up a whole Technology Tapas sandbox wiki*that’s for nothing but play!

For this “explore-and-play-with-wikis” exercise, you are asked to add an entry or two to the NJ State Library Technology Tapas wiki. The theme of this wiki is simply “Favorites” : Favorite books, favorite vacation spots, favorite restaurants, favorite anything …all you need to do is play and add your thoughts. To mark your adventure on this site, you should add your blog to the Favorite Blogs page.

Discovery Resources:

Discovery Exercise:
1. Access the NJ State Library Technology Tapas wiki and create a login account for yourself (FYI, if you are already a member of PBWiki, say if you're updating the SCILS manual wiki, you don't have to create a new account. Just use your current log in information).
2. Add your blog to the Favorite Blogs page. That's how we'll know that you've been there. It’s easy to do if you follow this simple syntax:
[ URL Title of blog]
[http://njsllearning.blogspot.com Technology Tapas ]
With brackets [ ] and just a little typing, you’ve added a link - yup, it’s as easy as that!
OPTIONAL: Add a favorite or two to a few other pages (Favorite books, favorite vacation spot, etc). And, if you feel up to the challenge, you might even want to create a separate page for book review or short travel essay and link up to that.
3. Create a post in your blog about the experience.

*NOTE: The NJ State Library Technology Tapas wiki was created using the free version of PBWorks (formerly PBWiki), a tool that lets you create webpages that anyone can edit.

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