What is a Wiki?

A Wiki is a website that is created by its users.
Check out this website from TeachersFirst for an interactive answer to this question.


Anytime you use information from a source (like a book, magazine, newspaper, or website), please credit the author or owner.
  • Most of the information on your Wiki should be in your own words.
  • If your text is based on something you read, put it into your own words, and please credit the source at the end of each paragraph or at the bottom of the page, like this:
    The IAU has changed the definition of a planet, and now Pluto is now excluded from the list. This doesn't change what Pluto looks like or how it behaves. It just changed its title. (Source: William A. Arnet at NinePlanets.Org)
  • If you use a direct quote, use quotation marks, italicize the quote, and include a link to the original site, like this:
    "All eight planets can be seen with a small telescope; or binoculars. And large observatories continue to provide much useful information. But the possibility of getting up close with interplanetary spacecraft has revolutionized planetary science." Written by William A. Arnet at NinePlanets.Org.
  • Use direct quotes only when necessary to get your point across or when the information really can't be restated in another way.


Who wants to look at a website with no pictures? Images are the glitter that will make your Wiki sparkle, so use lots of them.
  • Be sure that all images relate to your content.
  • For help inserting a picture, read WikiSpace Help or ask Mrs. Ziegmont.
  • To insert a picture and have text next to it (rather than above it or below it), use a table. To insert a table, click on the table icon in the Editor bar. It's the 3rd one from the right, and if you hover the mouse over it, it says "Insert table". A box will pop up asking how many rows and columns you want. I would use 1 row and 2 columns if I wanted to have one picture next to some text.
    You can read WikiSpace Help or ask Mrs. Ziegmont for more on inserting a table or a widget.
  • DON'T steal images. You should always check to make sure the image you're using is royalty free or available to use under the Creative Commons license.
  • A good site to use for free pictures is http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pictures_and_images. To find pictures, use the Search box on the left.
  • NASA images are generally copyright-free, as long as you're not using the website to make money. See NASA's copyright policy for more information.


The Ziegmont Zone is visible to all internet users. Please represent your school, your class, and yourself appropriately.
  • Include only factual information with verifiable sources. Just because you found a website that says Mars is inhabited by little green men doesn't make it true. Check your facts. You're being graded on them.
  • Use only language and information that are appropriate for school.
  • There is no spell check in WikiSpaces. You will probably want to copy and paste your information into a Word document for spell checking. Make your edits as needed on the WikiSpace document.
  • Proofread. Proofread again. Ask your partner to proofread for you. Proofreading is that important.

Internet Safety

  • Please do not share your username and password with anyone else, including your partner.
  • Please do not include your last name on the Wiki.
  • When typing in the What I know & What I want to learn information, do not use any last names.
  • Please do not include your real email address on your Wiki. If you feel the need for a Contact the author link, please use Mrs. Ziegmont's email address, tziegmont@wssd.k12.pa.us. I will contact you if anyone contacts me.
  • Use of The Ziegmont Zone is governed by Board Policy 815, the school board policy that defines acceptable computer and internet usage in school.


Everything on the internet is protected by copyright laws. Read more about Copyright Laws here.

Good examples

What does a good Wiki look like? Here are some that I've found. Check them out.