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Pbworks Tutorial in Six Lessons by the PbWorks Team









Lesson One: Edit your workspace and create new pages



The more you edit your workspace, the more likely it is to succeed. Editing your workspace is just like editing your usual word-processing software -- only it's online, and easier.

1. Log in to your workspace at my.pbworks.com and chose your wiki.

2. Click "Edit page" at the top of your workspace. Type "Hello world!" on the page and click "Save."

Your PBworks is updated!


Click here to see a video demonstration on how to edit your workspace.



Lesson Two: Creating new pages and linking them together in your workspace



How to create new pages

1. Log in to your workspace at my.pbworks.com and chose your wiki

2. Click "Create new page" at the top of your workspace

- Type "English Syllabus" into the page title and click "Create new page"

- Once you type something on the page (anything! It's ok!), click "Save"

Link pages together

To navigate from one page to another, you'll want to link pages together. (Unlinked pages are called "orphans," and that's no fun.)

1. Go to the front page of your workspace and click "Edit"

2. Type "English Syllabus"

3. Select the text and click the "Insert link" button (the world icon on your tool bar)

4. Choose "Link to a page" and locate "English Syllabus"

5. Once you click "Ok" and "Save," you'll see that your page now links to your English Syllabus page

You can now set up as many pages as you want and link them together!


View a video demonstration on how to create a new page and link to your home page.





Lesson Three: Tips for preparing your workspace for your students


Log into your workspace to follow along. Go to My.PBworks.com and chose your wiki

Give Students Clear Instructions

To make sure your students understand how to engage with this new online resources make sure you post clear directions om the front page.


  • Add student assignments and instructions on the front page.
  • Treat your front page as a short introduction with links to other pages.
  • Type a few bullet points and create links to the pages (to link, edit a page, select the text, and click "Insert Link").
  • If you have handouts, create a page called "Handouts" and upload the files there.

Next, use a creative activity to engage your students on your workspace. Here are three examples:


Individual pages- Ask each student to create a page, posting information about their interests and what they hope to learn from the class. Be sure to comment on the pages, and engage them by referencing their personal interests in discussions. Use this as an easy icebreaker to have students get to know each other.

Online spelling list – Create a page titled ‘Spelling’ and post your spelling list. Ask students to post the definition or upload a corresponding image.

Class notes - Each week assign one student to write up the class notes, including important points and class discussion. Be sure to comment on the notes, and add additional insight from the lesson.

For more ideas see how other educators have used PBworks in their classroom.



Lesson Four: How you can keep track of what your students are doing on your workspace



 It’s important to know how to what information your students have put online – so we’ve made it easy to monitor workspace activity and find what you’re looking for.


Email Notifications

PBworks tracks every edit made to your workspace page and then sends you email notifications when changes are made. You can change your notification setting to receive changes immediately—or not at all. Here’s how:

1) Go to My.PBworks.com

2) Scroll down to the box titled “Preferences” and to change your notification setting.


Page History

Every edit you make on your workspace is saved – this means that you always know who edited the workspace and when it was changed. If your students accidentally delete your work or upload inappropriate content – you immediately know who did it and you can reverse the changes. Here’s how:

1) Log in at My.PBworks.com and choose your wiki

2) Click the page history link on the top of your page.


Watch a video demonstration on how to compare edits, and change back to a previous version of your page



Once you have a lot of content on your workspace, search makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. You can search by keyword to find text, pages, tags and even comments.

The search box is located on the top right hand panel of your workspace. Try it today!



Lesson Five:  Using multimedia in your workspace


 Video, audio, and chat rooms, oh my!

You can insert all kinds of multimedia applications on your workspace with just a few clicks. Let's insert a sample video:



1. Upload your video to Teachertube.com

2. Copy the embed code of your video

3. Go to your workspace

4. While editing, click "Insert Plugin" and choose the "Teacher Tube" plugin. Paste your embed code and save your page.



Inserting images

Inserting images is easy: While editing a page, use the "Insert Links" box on the right side of the page.


Other popular plugins:


  • The HTML/Java scrip plugin lets you insert tools from around the web, like Animoto, Voice Thread and more.
  • Chat rooms let your students or staff communicate with each other. This is a great additional way for you and your students to collaborate.



Learn more about the many plugins that you can use on your workspace


Remember, all of this is free with your PBworks.



Lesson six: Inviting your students


Here's how:



1. Log in to your workspace at my.pbworks.com and chose your wiki

2. Click the 'Settings' link (on the top right hand side of the page).

3. Choose 'users' Invite anyone by entering their email address and setting their workspace permission level.


Watch this short video on how to invite students to your workspace.


Students don't have email?

Our classroom accounts allow you to add students to your workspace without email addresses.

1. Click the 'Settings' link (on the top right hand side of the page).

2. Choose 'users'

3. Click on the link 'Create accounts for your students'

4. Simply enter in the number of students who need accounts and PBworks will automatically generate them for you.

Your students will be able to create new pages and enter their own information on your PBworks. Remember, you'll get notified by email anytime something changes.


If you want great ideas on how to engage your students, remember to check out our teacher led community!



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