I found a blog about ZohoWiki at http://the56group.typepad.com/pgreenblog/2006/12/2007_crm_20_get.html. The author of the blog mentioned how ZohoWiki will begin to be used by small businesses since using ZohoWiki is free or nearly free, depending on how many administrators.
Another blog I found at http://ssedro.blogspot.com/2007/03/zoho-wiki.html?widgetType=BlogArchive&widgetId=BlogArchive1&action=toggle&dir=open&toggle=MONTHLY-1138723200000&toggleopen=MONTHLY-1199116800000 said "I'm pleased to announce that like PB Wiki, it has a table feature that actually works. I like it much better than the PB Wiki one which looks fine when you save a page but is not correctly assembled as you work with it." Knowing this will enable us to be able to persuade people to use ZW instead of something else. The blog also stated "I can access it from home and school," which will help us 'sell' ZW better by how easily accessible it is. This site also mentioned how there was space for everything that needed to be put on there and it was easy to save. All are key components to a good program.
On http://www.cmswire.com/cms/enterprise-20/zoho-adds-wiki-to-web-office-suite-000988.php, it mentions that since it is a "business application, it also contains some group security features supporting the ability to add, edit and share the Wiki contents among groups. Zoho also adds versioning to its Wiki pages which allow for backtracking through saved versions and recovery from any cut and paste mishaps." Sounds good to me, because I know that accidents happen A LOT when it comes to computers, and it's nice to know that your information is always safe.
The Zoho Wiki forums have complaints/suggestions from users about the website. The biggest complaint I found was that you are only allowed 1 administrator per page and there are many things that only the administrator can do. You are also not allowed to change ownership of the wiki. If you need to switch who is in charge or for some reason you need your name removed from the page, that is not possible. http://forums.zoho.com/Zoho-Wiki#
http://www.wikimatrix.org/compare/Zoho-Wiki+DokuWiki+PBwiki+Wetpaint compares zoho wiki with 3 other wiki applications: Doku wiki, PB wiki, and Wetpaint. Some of the main points of comparison:
Zoho wiki is free but you are only allowed 2 wikis per username. Others offer a "premium" version of their product at a cost, but they also have a free version. Zoho Wiki has an unlimited amount of storage on each page but there is a 25MB limit on the size of attachments on each wiki. There are no ads allowed, but you also do not get your own domain, meaning "zoho wiki" is in the URL for the website.
http://www.ikiw.org/2007/03/27/links-why-wiki-course-from-uw-milwaukee-zoho-wiki-stolenid-search/ says that zoho wiki was created and is easily and well integrated with all of the other zoho applications. They have an application that lines up with most things in the microsoft office suite. It is easy to use, free, and quick to set up. It is generally aimed at students or small groups of people for use. It is a wiki, which has gained a semi notorious reputation since wikipedia is not a reliable source of information all the time. It needs to be looked at as another way to share information among a group of people.
I was exploring the Zoho Wiki site for business (http://wiki.zoho.com/Zoho-Wiki-For-Business.html) and read about the advantages the application gives to businesses of all types. "Zoho Wiki for Business" shows a lot of benefits companies have access to through Zoho Wiki. Members can access their projects on Zoho Wiki from any computer in the world which is connected to the internet, there is a "rich text" area to enter text in without any special code such as Java, and maintenance of the application is simple (from the zoho show "10 Reasons why Zoho Wiki should be your Help Authoring Tool" from http://wiki.zoho.com/Zoho-Wiki-For-Business.html). The same website describes different types of sites that can be created by businesses using Zoho Wiki. Some topics mentioned are websites for different departments for the business such as Human Resources or Sales, Corporate Profiles, and Company newsletters or events can be visible through Zoho Wiki. Companies would not have to use more paper to print out flyers and post them around the office if everyone had a part of Zoho Wiki. This way there would be a lot less clutter around the office and at the same time businesses would be greatly reducing the use of paper and therefore helping the environment.
Under the "Share and Collaborate" page, http://wiki.zoho.com/Share-and-Collaborate.html, I read about other ways how the application can help with business meetings and projects. A very useful way that this helps and eliminates confusion (such as your email inbox) is to write comments on Zoho Wiki in reply to your co-workers' comments. If you are in charge of a certain part of your company's page on Zoho Wiki, then you can "watch" that section, which means that "when a change is made to that page, (if someone edits the page), then you will be emailed about the change". This can be useful, especially if you are trying to reach a deadline. It also can guarantee you that your teammates are actively participating in your activity when you yourself are not logged into Zoho Wiki.
Zoho Wiki allows you to add information to your Wiki page in many ways. In the blog that I explored, http://blogs.zoho.com/category/creator, we read about and see a way to add information to your page through a "Web Form Builder" which helps you to create simple and easy forms of HTML to customize the view of your webpage. You even have to option to change the layout of the "Web Form Builder" itself so that it shows only the information you would like to be able to edit in your HTML form.
I made a free account on ZOHO Creator and here is an example of the application that you can create and add to your website:
<iframe height='649px' width='100%' name='zoho-SCREEN_20SHOTS' frameborder='0' scrolling='auto' src='http://creator.zoho.com/derive.yourface/copy-of-practice-20for-20edci270-20project-202/form-embed/SCREEN_20SHOTS/mpxP3ydw8hus7XsdBYpXey3GMu85RHpkDRhB5j9CnzfFm61KTtP2RxgKCrYDXD5n3AJ2N9bukKsJQ8f5tsaUwdWH2NyNuXtODvdu/'></iframe>
screen shot: (from our Zoho Wiki page that Janna created, and I added this page)
In order to insert the application that you created in Zoho Creator into your Zoho Wiki, follow these instructions (http://zohowikihelp.wiki.zoho.com/Embed-Zoho-Creator-Form.html):
Steps to Follow:
Go to your Application in Zoho Creator.
- Click More Actions in the form title bar
- Click on Embed in your website.
- Grab the HTML code snippet for embedding.
- Edit your Zoho Wiki page
- Click on Widgets icon in the editor toolbar
- Click on Zoho Creator in widget dialog box
- Paste the code snippet from Zoho Creator in text box.
- Click on Insert button and Save page.
I forgot to mention that when I was adding to the page on Zoho Wiki that Janna created I did it as a guest because I was not sure how to become a part of the group to work on it. From reading her post above, I see now that there is only one administrator allowed, so that can be difficult. Everyone would need the password to the account in order to have the administrator rights.
On http://wiki.zoho.com/Wiki-Pricing.html?hlp the different pricing and options available for ZOHO Wiki are available. Thefree version only offers 2 wikis, as Janna mentioned. A benefit I suppose is that if you want to use the site for a non-profit organization then there is a 15% discount (but you need to contact the zoho corporation via email). Zoho Wiki is available to those at least 13 years old (http://www.zoho.com/terms.html).
Even though there is a price for the larger users of the application, for businesses they could be worthwhile. Anyone who picks to go with any of the plans besides the free site has the option to choose their own custom domain, although the storage space for the plans varies greatly. (http://wiki.zoho.com/Wiki-Pricing.html?hlp )
The site http://www.centernetworks.com/zoho-launches-zoho-wiki states that Zoho Wiki was developed by ZOHO, "the online office application tools suite."
A general use of the application is to allow groups of people as well as individuals to create user friendly websites that they themselves and others can access and add content to, along with media and images. (http://wiki.zoho.com/login.do?serviceurl=%2Fregister.do)
I was researching on the http://wiki.zoho.com/Zoho-Wiki-For-Education.html for education and found lots of benefiting ways to use it in the class room. There are many different activities you can do to have classmates interact with each other and people across the world. In the class room you can post you syllabus and different materials that would be needed for class along from any location with access to the internet. You can post slide shows and power points that allow them to be printed off. This is a great way to keep students updated on recent information in the class room. It is almost like another source like blackboard. There are examples of different schools that use it on the website.
On the website of http://blogs.zoho.com/general/introducing-the-zoho-wiki introduces what the product of Zoho Wiki includes. It states: it has all standard wiki features, features like spell check, revision history, and grouping functionality" These allow different types of communication either in a private matter o can be vied or edited as a group. You can embed different sources into your Zoho sheet like charts, slideshows, application and you tube videos. It is completely free and allows people to have more than one user or login name. In the blogs they have mentioned some bugs like having underscore as part of their user names. They are working at fixing the problems. Zoho Wiki does respond back to people's blogs on their own website as well.
On the http://wiki.zoho.com/Organize-and-Manage-Pages.html website they have a step by step process on how you can link your own personal Zoho Wiki to different accounts. It states that " Zoho Wiki allows you to build powerful source of information which you can organize and manage it effectively in centralized place. You can link and arrange things in alphabetically order which will make things more efficiently." This is a great tool for making navigation fast. Customers have said that it makes things simple and they do not have many difficulties. You are allowed to "Reorder Pages" by making simple changes with dragging and dropping and personalizing your own wiki account by making a table of Contents.
- Taylor Halleck
I was reviewing an ad on the website http://pbs01.wordpress.com/2007/01/09/zoho-wiki/ and they gave a great review on Zoho Wiki. The first thing that is made clear is that Zoho Wiki is ad free and un-crippling due to the infinite amount of pages that can be added and the power of word processing to edit and create pages. The article did mention a few problems, one being commentary. One can post comments on topics, but this is after the topic is made public on wiki allowing the chance for the topic to be vandalized. The last problem said was when creating a new page it does not show up under the Navigation bar. Other than the few annoyances mentioned, the Zoho Wiki is still considered a usefull product.
In the website http://blogs.zoho.com/general/10-reasons-why-zoho-wiki-should-be-your-help-authoring-tool, there are 10 reasons why Zoho Wiki should be used. The website is accessible from anywhere and pages can be seen by multiple people and reorganized and saved. The website allows "you to format text as you like, insert URLs & tables, play with pictures / images etc." You can get a good page rank with URLs in Google because Zoho has excellent personal relations with Google. The main reasons would be that it is easy to understand and access, customization and maintenance.
In the website http://mclctechtalk.wordpress.com/2008/05/23/talking-tech-friday-zoho/, they discuss the benefits of Zoho Wiki. They say what it is and what Zoho is offering. They also offer a couple of reviews from people who have tried the website out. They suggest it is very similar to Google docs, so that might be something to look at: debating the issue of how Zoho Wiki could be better than Google docs.
On the website http://wiki.zoho.com/Zoho-Wiki-For-Education.html, there is information about how Zoho wiki can be used in schools. The website states that "Zoho Wiki enables educators to create interactive online courses for students on subjects like ancient historical buildings, civil war battles, electoral process, capitalism, entrepreneurship, demand/supply, bio-medical sciences, economics, communication skills, journaling, book clubs based on famous writers etc". Zoho wiki can also be used to create a virtual classroom for the students and helps them to stay connected beyond the classroom environment. For college students, Zoho wiki enables them to brainstorm on a particular topic and post their ideas, organize and share articles, blogs and useful links etc and also helps students to create a knowledge base. ie. where they can store all their useful information.
On this website: http://wiki.zoho.com/Benefits-of-Zoho-Wiki.html there are several benefits of Zoho wiki listed. 1. You do not have to be a professional or even have a great level of html knowledge. Its so easy to use that pages can be created in a matter of minutes and shared with the world. 2. Zoho Wiki is hassle free, No Download required, No Configuration, No Installation hence No Maintenance. 3. Zoho wiki is very safe and secure. It takes all the precautionary measures to ensure that content is protected.
Zoho Wiki is a free hosted wiki service, which have all the basic functionalities of wiki softwares like creating, editing, versioning web pages, notifications and much more features. We can use Zoho Wiki as Enterprise wiki, Group wiki, Personal wiki, Private wiki, Public wiki. It is one of the customizable free wiki in the wiki softwares. Here, who creates the wiki is the administrator/owner of that wiki. Every wiki will get it own domain name for easy accessable, personalization and search engine friendly. This was a basic definition of Zoho wiki retrieved from http://www.wikimatrix.org/show/Zoho-Wiki
I hope some of this helps
- Samuel Hedberg
As I was researching I found http://blogs.zoho.com/general/introducing-the-zoho-wiki that had some good information about Zoho Wiki. The article is a introduction to Zoho's new application. The article hits on how easy it is to use and the features it provides. The best part of the article and Zoho's application is that it's free. With so much to offer people Zoho has made a good product for people to use.
As I was doing some research on http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-9669655-2.html I ran across a good review for Zoho Wiki. This review tells about how Zoho Wiki is different from other wiki provider. Since Zoho is already known as the "Microsoft Office" in online format it allows them to incorporate all their other programs into their wiki. With all the applications available online for free it makes Zoho Wiki stick out amoung its competiors. In this review there was very little negative comments made about Zoho's newest application. The review also states how easy the wiki application is to use.
As I was doing research for Zoho Wiki I found http://blogs.zoho.com/general/zoho-wiki-improved-free-plan-domain-level-permissions-etc that talks about an update that Zoho put out. It talks about all the new features and add ons that Zoho has made. Tells how they have added another whole wiki, increased storage space, blocking users, and many others. Zoho Wiki was a great product when it came out with the update it made it even better.
https://www.zoho.com/zoho_faq.html Lots of information about the zoho applications in general. AdventNet Inc. is the company that has created everything zoho. They are an American company, privately owned and based in California. Their contact page has lots of email addresses and support information if you need help. The forums are also a way for other users to provide input. All information is securly stored online while using a zoho product. http://zohowikihelp.wiki.zoho.com/ says that the idea of zoho wiki is to create a page where users can interact with each other to share ideas while using many types of media. It is great for any type of group. They provide a very easy to use and nagivate "how to" section. This is a screen shot of their help page. - Janna Clark
On the website http://www.zoliblog.com/2006/12/20/zoho-adds-wiki-to-online-suite---its-all-coming-together/ it is a blog about what someone thinks about Zoho Wiki. According to the blog Zoho supports "options of creating new pages and linking them" together. One is that there is a "create new page" button on all pages. Another way is "you can use the link icon from the editor and pick wiki pages, email addresses or external URLs." Finally you can type a WikiWord which creates a page and you are able to link to it. He believes that Zoho Wiki is well on its way to be a solid site. There is an example of how you can put charts on the wiki that helps with putting spreadsheet on it on this page. I am having trouble the picture on here.
On the website http://blogs.adventnet.com/ramesh?p=51 which is a blog, the writer talks about some of the features it has. It supporst CSS Customization which "allows you to customize the look of your wiki pages." There are few thing that you can define and they are that they can "define their own styles, change the styling of existing elements or hide elements you don't need." The article says that it is very risky to make changes, without previews on live wiki. The writer would like to see "the ability to edit the CSS online and preview it before updating as in Blogger."
Here is a site that i found that has a project similar from a school in Australia. We might be able to get some ideas from this for our project. http://cegsa.editme.com/Zoho
Elementary Lesson Plan:
Title - Creating a Database
Primary Subject - Computers / Internet
Grade Level - 5-6
Concept/Topic to Teach: Social Studies-Africa/Technology
Overview: Students will work in groups of 3 to design a Zoho Wiki (through a newly created Google Mail account) page about one country in Africa. After completion, each group will present and share the newly created webpage with the class.
From this assignment, students will:
1. Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies and cultures address similar human needs and concerns
2. Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools such as atlases, databases, grid systems, charts, graphs and maps to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
With the help of Technology, the students will be able to:
1. Use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
2. Use technology tools to process data and report results.
3. Evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
This activity is the culminating activity for a Social Studies Unit on Africa. Students will do research on their African country. Then they will take the research they have done and compile a database on the entire continent. After compiling the database, students will have a presentation day, which parents will be invited to, in order for students to display their sites.
Each group of students will create a Google mail account which will only be used for this project. They will be able to log onto Zoho Wiki to edit and create their page. Each student will have a computer of their own to work with.
1. Each group of three students will be assigned an email account through Google mail that will be used to sign them into Zoho Wiki. Once everyone is assigned their email address, we will explore Zoho Wiki so that the students can see how it works. 2. Students will need to do about three days of research on their assigned country.Students should find information in the following categories: location, type of government, economy, population, climate, natural resources, type of geology, religion, language, cultures, holidays, points of interest, education, and the date the country was founded.3. As students are researching, they are required to site the websites where they find information. They will have a section in their wiki just for references.
4. Students will make a section for each of the categories listed above and enter a paragraph or two (depending on the amount of research found on the topic) on their Zoho Wiki page.
5. Students can add pictures of plants, animals, flags, or anything else they find interesting about their country.
Students will be evaluated by their teammates and I will also observe how they worked together. The content about their African country will be the main focus of their grade. For the database, each of the categories described in the procedure should have been researched by the students. The final part of the students' grades will be based on the presentation they give to the class and the parents who attend the session. As long as these minimal criteria are met, students will receive full points.
Layout for this lesson plan was found at: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/CISSCreatingADatabaseOnAfrica45.htm
I found this video about wiki's in general. Not sure how useful it would be but thought it was pretty cool so I'll post it for everyone. This is the link http://www.untanglemyweb.com/tourism-internet-marketing/using-a-wiki-to-organise-an-event/. The video is on the right hand side, and is called "Wiki in simple english"
- Sam hedberg
Hi guys i found these interseting articules online describing how educators around the world have incorperated Zoho applicatios into their curriculum. A teacher in the balkans decided to set up wiki for writing a publication together with his students, they were compiling a publication on EU-Western Balkans relations. Allowing his students to make full use of all the features in Zoho Wiki, however, required a tutorial dedicated to the specific requirements of our project, so he created a presentation. He states In it, we will accompany one of my students, the author of the Kosovo chapter, and watch her dealing with all the tasks associated with creating it - from the very first login to the most sophisticated working processses as for example embedding a movie. http://www.scribd.com/doc/3595340/Zoho-Wiki-Tutorial.
Here at the Carol Morgan School they are working with Zoho Wikis to make a school wide web site for teachers and admin. They state that while they have run into a few small limitations on the editing side of their wikis, overall the program has been very effective. More importantly from a teachers standpoint, they are fairly intuitive to use (like most wikis) and I think the layout of Zoho's wikis look a little more polished and professional than some of the other wikis out there. What we are also finding that is nice, is that zoho has their whole suite of apps that can go along with the wiki like creator, word processing, and spreadsheets. This makes it much easier for teachers to use and make links to from their wiki with the added benefit of being able to access their documents from anywhere, anytime since each zoho document you create is given a URL. http://www.feedage.com/feeds/1305252/comments-on-a-second-look-at-zoho.
Steve mitchell (ausi part)
A.Here are the steps for making a Group Wiki and adding members to it.
- Login to the Wiki you created
- Click on the 'Settings' link at the top. In the pop-up that appears (caution : it may take a few seconds to load), under the heading 'Change your wiki permissions', you will have to choose 'Group(s)' in atleast one of the headings - Reading/Editing.
- Once done, you should be seeing a 'Group Members' link at the top of your Wiki's Dashboard page. If you aren't seeing it, try refreshing your browser.
- Click on the 'Group Members' link and in the pop-up that appears, click on the 'Add New Members' link
- Add email IDs of your friends/group members and click on the 'Add' button
- The email IDs should get added with the message as 'Pending'
- All the members that you added would have been sent a mail saying you have added them up as a group member in your wiki.
- If they have an account with Zoho Wiki already (in the same email ID that you used), they can login and see your wiki under 'My Subscribed Wikis' at the right-bottom and they can 'subscribe' to it
- Else they should sign up for a new account athttp://wiki.zoho.com (with the same email ID that you used to mail them) and then can become a group member of your wiki as in the step above.
I found a few more educational benefits of using Zoho Wiki in the classroom. They are: Users can be invited to edit any page or to create new pages within the wiki website
Involves the member (teacher and student) in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration.
The teacher can manage students' level of access and "undo" previous edits to the wiki.This is from http://techfarm.wikispaces.com/Wikis?f=print