Get Started: Intro to this wiki

This activity is meant to be completed as a whole group activity. IT is designed to introduce students and teachers to using a wiki and teach them about Internet safety. After completion of the activity, students will Agree to Terms and request an account in order to proceed with the lessons in The Road to Revolution.

Step 1: Watch Video: In Plain English, by Commoncraft

Step 2: Discuss wikis as "Live and WorldWide"

  • The wiki is published on the Internet.
  • Anyone can find it and view it.
  • Remember, it's okay to use personal information, but never okay to use private information

Step 3: Personal vs. Private information. Get handout from CyberSmart

What's an avatar? An avatar is an online identify used to allow users to have a personality while protecting private information.

Step 4: Discuss Publishing Safety Guidelines and Web Etiquette (Students will agree to these terms when requesting a user account, at the end of this lesson.

This wiki is being monitored. Please keep it clean and safe for all.
  1. Do not reveal any private information when contributing to this project.
  2. When using the wiki and other online tools associated with this project, identify yourself with your chosen pen name, never your real name.
  3. Do not login as someone else and do not share your password with others.
  4. Use good writing practices without excessive use of slang. (This is not a text message.)
  5. Do not fill the space with unnecessary punctuation. Use words instead..
  6. Remember to use your best writing, spelling and grammar. After all, you are publishing for an audience.
  7. Be respectful and considerate when replying to the ideas of others.

Step 5: Hands on Activity: Create an Avatar

If you don't have time or access to computer, please consider assigning this as a fun homework task. BuildYourWildSelf is a very easy tool to use and students should be able to complete it independently.

Use one of the Web 2.0 tools to create an avatar.

Take a snapshot of your avatar

Create a pen name.

Use something you can remember and spell, but please do not use your real name. Be creative!

Step 6: All Students: Complete form: Setup Account

Request Student Account

Follow Up:

After submitting the form and agreeing to terms, students will receive accounts.

Step 7: Upload Avatar to Your Profile