How to use the GCYP wiki


Creating an Account for the GCYP wiki

Only participants in RI-SOL programs can edit the content on the GCYP wiki pages. If you are a teacher or ILC manager involved in our Global Connections and Exchange Projects, please email Mr. Robin Shields to request a user account. Include your name, email address, desired username and password and the school/ILC you work with. We will set up your account as soon as possible and work with you to create accounts for your students.

Please visit our Rules and Regulations page for information on appropriate conduct and usage of the GCYP wiki.

Editing Pages

Once you have an account, using the wiki is easy! At the top of each editable page is an "edit" button. Click on the "edit" button and you will be directed to the page editor. There are two modes: visual editor and text editor. The default mode is visual editor, which looks and feels much like a word processor. Add new text or edit the content already provided and hit the "save" button at the bottom of the page. The edited page is posted and you return to the initial viewing mode.

The text editor allows you to edit the "wikitext." Wikitext is a simplified markup language similar to HTML, which is the language used to create most websites. Wikitext is considered to be more readable by the average user than HTML and also prevents users from adding harmful or annoying code to pages.

To switch between the visual editor and text editor modes, click the button at the bottom of the page labeled either "text editor" or "visual editor" depending on the mode you are currently in.

You'll notice that some of our pages are "locked," such as the Rules and Regulations page. Only organizers for the site may edit these pages in order to regulate the content. This is not to say that we don't want everyone's opinion! If you have suggestions for us, please post them on the discussion sections of these pages.

Linking Pages

One of the great features of using a wiki is the ability to create a multitude of links between different pages. For example, if I wanted to mention GCYP I could link the word GCYP back to the home page, so any interested reader could learn more.

Each page in the site can be thought of as a separate document within the space, and each document can be linked together. To create a link, highlight the text you wish to link and click the earth icon in the toolbar to add a new link. You can link to a different page within the GCYP wiki, or to an outside url.

You can also use code to create a link by enclosing a word in double square brackets.

To view some examples of this, switch to "text editor" mode and view the following links:

Link to a page in your space named about: about
Link to a separate url: www.ri.org
Link the text 'About Us' to a page named about: About Us

For more detailed instructions on starting a new page and linking to it, click here.

Printing Pages

To print a page:
  • Click "Manage Space"
  • Click "List Pages"
  • Click "print" next to the page you want to print to bring up a printable view of the page
  • Use your web browser's print function to print the page

Viewing History

Each time a page is edited, the changes are kept so anyone can see what edits have been made. Click on 'history' at the top of any page to see all changes. Then click on the screenshot to the left of each entry to see a visual representation of the changes.

You can also compare any two versions of a page by clicking "select for comparison" on one version of a page and then "compare to selected" on another.

Wikispaces keeps every version of every page and makes it easy for members to revert back to a previous copy. You'll never have to worry about losing changes or being stuck with a new version of a page if someone makes a mistake.

Reverting Pages

Reverting a page lets you restore the content on a page that existed at any previous point in time. It's not to be done lightly, but can be very helpful to undo editing mistakes.

To revert a page:
  • Click on 'history' on top of the page you want to revert
  • Select the version you would like to go back to, either by clicking on the changes screenshot image or the 'view this version' link
  • Click on 'revert' at the top of the page
  • Enter a comment and click the 'revert' button

If any of the GCYP wiki pages have been vandalized, RI-SOL will revert the pages back to an older version. Please contact gcyp@ri.org if you find any inappropriate content on our pages.

Including Pictures and Files

You can easily incorporate pictures and files to pages using the visual editor. When in the visual editor mode:

  • Click the image icon which looks like a tree in a box
  • Use the 'Upload New File' or the 'External Image URL' dialogue to select the image or file you wish to put on your page
  • Put the cursor at the position on the page where you wish to put the image or file
  • Double click the image or file to put it on the page

Use the 'Upload New File' option when the image is on your personal computer. Use the 'External Image URL' option when the image is a source available on the World Wide Web.

Deleting and Renaming Pictures and Files

Pictures and files can only be deleted by RI-SOL staff members. If you find inappropriate content on the space, please contact gcyp@ri.org.

Embedding Media and HTML

Click the button in the visual editor mode that looks like a television. From there, paste the HTML from any embeddable webs service in the box.

Search

To search the page you are currently in, type in your search words in the search box on the top of the page. If you'd like to search all public spaces, click 'search all public spaces' on the search results.

Advanced Search

Wikispaces supports several operators to help narrow your search results:

  • Insert quotes around a phrase to search for an exact phrase: "exact phrase"
  • Insert a plus sign to include only pages with the word following the sign: +include
  • Insert a minus sign to show only pages that do not contain the word following the sign: -exclude

Favorites

You can mark a page as a favorite to easily access it later. Click the star at the top left corner of the page, next to the title, and it will be saved to your 'My Page' for future reference.

Languages
Wikispaces stores all page and message data in UTF-8. This means that the wiki can appear correctly in nearly any language.