How to Get Your Class Involved on wikiHow

Do you love contributing to wikiHow and still attend middle school, high school or college? Why not consider starting a class project to get your fellow students involved on the site! Constructive editing helps build writing, language, formatting, and social skills. This article will show you how.


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    Ask a teacher or school administrator for permission first, preferably one who teaches language arts or computer science. This way, you will have access to either computers or laptops (or your own, if the school does not provide any) and an educator who can help proofread and overview your contributions.
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    Log in to wikiHow and have students create an account, if they do not have one already. Make sure usernames do not violate the site policies, and that passwords are secure and easy for students to remember. Keep in mind that you can edit anonymously, but it will be much more difficult to keep track of whose edits belong to who and which contributions to credit.
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    Start by taking the wikiHow site tour. It may be helpful for teachers to familiarize themselves with editing on wikiHow before beginning the class project. Guide students step-by-step or jump to different aspects of the tour via a projector, for a larger view.
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    Begin contributing! The following are some ideas to get your class started editing on wikiHow:
    • Have students come up with an idea for and create a new article. Guide them through the writing process, and once the article is finished, categorize and publish on the site! For an added incentive, offer extra credit should a student's article become featured.
    • Introduce students to patrolling Recent Changes. They will learn how to use good judgment when reviewing the newest edits made to the site, assume good faith, revert vandalism, and thank editors for their good contributions or warn spammers that their edits are unwelcome on the site.
    • Find an article in need of proofreading attention, then copyedit it. Have students look for things like personal references and grammatical mistakes, then fix them.
    • Several more ideas can be found here!
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    Have students keep a journal of their activities on the site. These can be monitored and tabulated via their user name. Teachers can award points toward a grade (in participation, for example) for certain approved activities.
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    Ask students to (or suggest to your teacher that you) write an essay about your experience as an assignment or for extra credit. You might focus on the social community, the technical aspects (for computer class), or any article you contributed.
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    Publish a group journal. Have a group of students who work together record their collective activities and share it with other classes or the whole school (via a campus newsletter).
    • Create a large colorful poster of sample contributions and any kudos received in the wikiHow community. Post it in the classroom for inspiration.
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    Write and deliver a group presentation on the experience for a speech class. Or create a debate topic on some aspect of wikiHow and use it in your Debate class.


  • If the students are to be writing articles over the course of several days, be sure to include the {{inuse}} tag to prevent other editors from working on it until complete.


  • To comply with United States federal law, students must be at 13 years old to participate in contributing to wikiHow unless you follow the below instructions. See here for more information. If you want to allow under 13's to participate please have the parents of the children fill in this permission form and scan then email to
  • Do not under any circumstance allow students under 13 to state their age.
  • Teachers should monitor each student's contributions to wikiHow carefully. There will most likely be at least one or two students in the group who will make nonconstructive edits for fun, so it would be advisable for teachers to check page histories and user contributions at the end of each class.

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