Monday, May 2, 2011

Wikispaces Adds a New Commenting Feature

My US History students are currently wrapping-up an assignment in which they each had to contribute a page to a Wikispaces-hosted wiki about the 1920's. Just in time for me to offer feedback on their work, Wikispaces has introduced a new commenting feature. The new Wikispaces commenting feature is similar to the commenting feature found in Google Docs. You can add comments in the form of sticky notes that appear in the margin of the page and are tied to the word(s) you highlight on the page.

To use the new commenting feature in Wikispaces select "edit" on any page on any wiki you're a member of.
Then highlight a word or words on a page then click the comment bubble in the toolbar to add and edit your notes.
Commenting part 1.

Commenting part 2.

Applications for Education
If you have students building Wikispaces wikis, the new commenting feature will make it much easier for you to offer constructive criticism in a way that doesn't obstruct the original formating the students used. The new commenting feature will also make it easier for students to collaborate on pages and peer edit each others' work.