What is a Wiki?
Wikis in Plain English

Google Docs

Using Google Docs in Education A website designed by Chris Moore with tutorials about Google docs.

Wiki Tutorials

"How To" Create in a Wiki Tutorials

Adding a New Page A tutorial showing how to add a new page.

Adding a Banner A tutorial showing how to upload and add a banner to a wiki page.

Inserting Images A tutorial showing how to upload images into the file folder and then insert them into the wiki.

Inserting a Table A tutorial showing different ways to create and insert tables onto a wiki page.

Inserting Hyperlinks A tutorial showing how to insert hyperlinks into both text and images on wiki pages.

Embedding Video A tutorial showing how to embed a video from YouTube or TeacherTube onto a wiki page.

Embedding PowerPoint from SlideShare A tutorial showing how to use SlideShare, a free program, to upload and then embed a PowerPoint onto a wiki page.

How To Tips

Download this document for complete directions for creating a roll-over image in The Clarion.

Web Accessibility

Why do we need to make The Clarion accessible to all people, including those with disabilities?

This Web site, Web site Accessibility Initiative, tells how to make digital materials, including Web sites, accessible for people with disabilities. There is a wealth of information here.


Visual Design for Wiki Pages

Good graphic design is an essential element to any wiki. If a web site is cluttered, is difficult to read because of poor visual contrast, or if graphics are out of focus, then readers will move on to another web site. Using visual literacy techniques to develop a wiki page, will invite readers to view content.

As you work on the online school newspaper, there are some items that need to considered in the design of the wiki pages. Using appropriate visual design techniques will make content more inviting to view by most people while making it more accessible for people with disabilities. Here are some guidelines to follow for creating this wiki.


Photos and Videos

  • Avoid clutter and overstimulation in photos. Cluttered scenes are difficult to view and are not as inviting to the audience as clean, one subject scenes.
  • Isolate the subject by taking more close ups.
  • Use a tripod when taking video to avoid camera shake.
  • Use captions for all photos, images, and graphics imported into the wiki. Captions will help people with screen readers.
  • In the caption, identify the photographer and describe the image.
  • Use Web Resizer to create smaller sized photos designed especially for the Web. Larger graphics can take too long to load onto the page.
  • Use the formatting tools to align the photos and graphics where you want them on the wiki. Remember that different monitor screens will show the format of the page differently unless it is formatted by the web master.
  • All photos, images, and graphics need to be uploaded to the wiki page. Copy and paste does not work for photos and images.
  • All photos and images need to be original, ones taken by our school photographers to avoid copy right infringement.

Image Requirements--Resizing Images for the Web


  • Images for the Web should be less than 100kb.
  • You can check image size by looking at the properties. Right click on the image and you will see the size.
  • Images can be resized for the Web at Web Resizer.
  • Upload the image from your computer
  • Select “Optimized Size” and save with a new file name (consider using a title plus Web. For example, “perryweb.” Adding “web” to the end will remind us that the image has been resized. You won’t confuse these images with the ones that you want to keep larger for printing or using in other projects.



  • Use consistent font style and size.

    • In Word, use Arial font, size 14,
    • Do NOT do formatting in Word. Do all the formatting in the wiki so that it will be consistent.
    • Do NOT use Bold for the titles or headings in Word. Instead, use the formatting tool in the wiki to make all headings consistent.
      • The title of the page will be Heading 1
      • The other headings of the page will be Heading 2
      • Use the Text formatting button, the one with the Big T and palette, to do all the formatting on the wiki page
  • Use black font on a white background for good contrast.

Page Design

  • Keep design simple; avoid clutter or too much information.
  • Be consistent in design within a page and within the wiki.
    • all pages should have consistent headings
    • all pages should be similar in layout
    • all pages should have a menu on the side to make it easier to navigate
  • Chunk content into logical units to make it visually appealing as well as easy to comprehend.
  • Use diagrams and tables to display and organize information.
  • Use the following categories when organizing data on the wiki:
    • Time (most recent to oldest)
    • Alphabetical
    • Categories
    • Continuum (price, score, size, weight, etc.)


All work that is not original shall be properly cited. Our preference is to use original work created by students at our school. Contributors to The Clarion shall ask permission to use work that is not created by the students and will abide by all copyright rules.


Use this template to create new banners for individual pages on The Clarion. This will keep the page banners consistent.

  1. Open the Banners Template 2 publication.
  2. In the text box, change the name to the name of your page
  3. Adjust the size of the banner in MS Publisher to be 75%
  4. Open MS One Note and do a screen capture
  5. Right click on the banner in One Note and do a "Save As"
  6. Name the file, "Ban (name of your page)" For example, "BanClassNews" Leave no spaces.
  7. Save in Tech Lab, Clarion, Banner folder

Creating a Banner

CDS Banner

In Paint—Banner size—700W X 150H pixels
In Publisher—start with a wide, narrow rectangle
1. Add basic design elements
2. Remember to keep the design simple
3. Choose a few colors—not too many
4. Put in some sort of logo or symbol
5. Add a text box to put in the name for the banner page
6. Consider adding a smaller text box to put in a motto or subtitle
7. Save as
8. Do a screen capture using OneNote
9. In OneNote, do a “save as”
10. When making a new banner, just change the main page name text box and follow the same process described in steps 8 & 9.

Power Point Tips

Goals and Objectives

The Clarion Goals and Objectives

Goal: Students will create an online school newspaper.

Objective 1: Students will write interesting, creative news articles to publish on the wiki.

Objective 2: Students will take photos and appropriately re-size them for Web publishing.

Objective 3: Students will upload news articles and images to the school wiki.

Objective 4: Students will create slide shows, movies, cartoon animations, podcast recordings, and other appropriate multi-media resources to save and embed on the wiki.

Objective 5: Students will understand accessibility issues and use best practices to make this wiki accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Objective 6: Students will work collaboratively to complete assignments for the online newspaper by the given deadline.

Objective 7: Students will use abide by appropriate copyright laws and practices.

Objective 8: Students will use Web 2.0 tools to design and/or develop the wiki.

Objective 9: Students will be refrain from publishing personal information other than first names, to protect the privacy of themselves and others.

Objective 10: Students will use standard elements of good design in creating the wiki and products for the wiki.

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