Online Collaboration between Teachers, Parents & Students – Zoho Wiki replaces Microsoft SharePoint

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Showcasing Niskayuna School District Parent-Teacher Organizations Website

Let me present to you, a classic case of how a school district used Zoho Wiki to make Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs), a truly collaborative online effort between teachers and parents, primarily for student enrichment activities.

Niskayuna School District Parent-Teacher Organization wanted a centralized location where parents and teachers could come together. Creating an interactive PTO Website was a straight forward answer.

http://www.niskypto.org/ would give you a sense of how dynamic and effective the portal is. In their own words, they wanted all parents to get involved, to know what’s happening across all schools, and form a network to discuss issues, share ideas and build rapport with other parents and teachers.

PTO Website

Earlier, the authorities were using Microsoft SharePoint, but issues started cropping up. They were on the look out for other options to replace SharePoint. Completely satisfied with the offering, they finally zeroed in on Zoho Wiki.

Key points that tilted their decision in favor of Zoho Wiki :


  • Customization was simple and Zoho Wiki was flexible enough to incorporate their ideas.

  • They could easily create and manage groups, users across various schools, classes, teachers and parents.

  • Advanced Permission settings helped in defining who should view the page, who should edit the page, etc.

  • No complex software knowledge was needed to create the webpages. Inbuilt WYSIWYG Editor in Zoho Wiki made the job easier.


    Could completely do away with training.

  • Bouquet of other Zoho Services like Zoho Creator could be seamlessly integrated and a wholesome useful application could be presented to parents & teachers. Using Zoho Creator, they were able to make a dynamic PTO bulletin board and Neighbor-to-Neighbor help service.

Customer Corner:

 

webmaster


“Before switching to Zoho Wiki, Niskayuna PTO used SharePoint for four years. Training and back-end customization became a nettlesome issue that got in the way of the PTO’s overall goals.






Now with Zoho Wiki, training is not required to customize the website and the use of Zoho Creator is much simpler than using a desktop application like SharePoint Designer


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I would recommend Zoho Wiki to all educators who want to put up their own websites, share and collaborate online.










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John M. Whitney, Webmaster for NiskyPTO.org




  



http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnwhitney

To all educators out there, try our free version of Zoho Wiki. Set up interactive school websites and collaborate with teachers & parents; build online classrooms and creatively engage your students.

Cheers,

Susan

www.zoho.com/wiki

Zoho Wiki Update: Tag Cloud and New Widgets

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Let’s see the niceties that the latest Zoho Wiki update has brought in.

Tag Cloud
Tagging of pages is there in Zoho Wiki for quite a long time now. But having all tags as a tag cloud has been the missing part. This has now been included. Under Wiki -> Settings -> Customization, you will find the tag cloud as one of the side panel elements.

You can click on a tag or search by tag and get all the pages matching that tag listed.

      

New Widgets
Zoho Wiki allows embedding of quite a few widgets. New ones for blip.tv and W3Counter have been added. The tag cloud described above can be added as an embeddable widget in a page, and there is a widget for breadcrumbs too.

Other Usability Improvements
The drop-down menus at the top-right have now been improved. Sub-menus under Wiki -> Settings and My Menu -> My Settings have been added.

   

Hope you like the new changes in Zoho Wiki.

Zoho Wiki Update : Auto Backup, LaTeX Equation Editor, Bulk Page Operations & more

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Zoho
Wiki has been offering a zipped backup option of all your wiki pages
for quite sometime now. And this got better with this update. You now
have the option to set an automatically scheduled backup everyday. Click on the Settings link and you’ll find the URL in the BackUp section.

Zoho Wiki Auto Backup

You
need to copy the URL marked in the image and add it to your ‘Scheduled Tasks’ in Windows or run it as a cronjob in Linux. Your wiki pages will
be backed up regularly at the said time (11 pm to 12 am PST) everyday.

The
equation editor and LaTex format support that’s been present in Zoho Writer is now available in Zoho Wiki too. Students and educators will
make the best use of this feature, we believe.

LaTeX Equation Editor

The last Zoho Wiki update introduced bulk comment delete. You can now do bulk page operations too. Like deleting, giving permission & copying of multiple pages.

Page Bulk Operations

Zoho
Wiki supports re-branding of logos & re-directing to custom URLs. And a customer asked us for
changing the browser favicon from the default Zoho Wiki’s. This is now
possible too. Click on Settings -> Customization tab and you can upload your own favicon. [Note : This feature is available for premium Zoho Wiki users only, as of now]

Custom Favicon

We hope you will like these new
features in Zoho Wiki. Give them a try and as always, we are eager to hear your feedback. Leave your comments here or email us @
feedback at zohowiki dot com.