Introducing our new marketplace

Discover today. Teach tomorrow.
We’re excited to launch our new marketplace for teacher-generated content and resources, tes.com! With over 7.3 million users, TES is home to the largest online network of teachers worldwide. You can access classroom resources and strategies from experienced educators all around the world, as well as share your own.

To celebrate, we’re hooking up five lucky teachers with $100 DonorsChoose.org gift cards every week from now through November. Click the link below to join TES, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win! (Find full rules here.)

Join now: www.tes.com

As a member of TES, you’ll enjoy:

1. Entrepreneurial Freedom – You can choose to make your content available for free or for a set price. Check out 9 tips on how to become an author.

2. Recognition – You receive 100% of proceeds from all purchases by US teachers.

3. Massive Community – TES supports 7.3 million members worldwide, including 1.8 million US teachers, and welcomes between 20,000 and 30,000 new members each month globally.

4. Business Support – You can promote yourself and your content through the authors’ shop with a bio and links to social profiles, as well as your wiki. TES’ expert Content team offers personalized guidance to help you reach your entrepreneurial goals.

Our marketplace offers thousands of free and paid resources for your next lesson. Next month, we’ll integrate unique virtual classroom technology from Blendspace to help you create and deliver digital lessons using resources from tes.com.

 

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Wiki tips and tricks: notifications

As a teacher, you’d like to keep tabs on your students’ activity on your class wiki, whether to review their contributions or answer posted questions right away. You could hover over each student and watch his or her every move, but you’d waste a lot of time. 

A much better (and less creepy) way of monitoring activity is to use the notifications and monitor features. They allow you to receive an email each time a specific wiki, page, or discussion is edited. No more peering over each students’ shoulders – let our notifications track their activity for you.

How to create notifications for a wiki:

1. Navigate to the wiki you’d like to monitor.

2. Click the changes (recent changes) link to go to your wiki’s change log.

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3. Click the notification button at the top-right corner of the change log area, and then click add.

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4. Begin typing in your wiki’s name and choose it from the list of options. Hint: the wiki you are viewing will always be the first item on the list before you begin typing.

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5. Choose the type of notifications you’d like to receive, and click update.

By default, you’ll receive an email each time a wiki or page you’re monitoring is updated. If you prefer to receive a single email that summarizes all of the content changes you are monitoring, go to your user account settings (from your dashboard) and change the email monitored changes field to “Yes – one email per day.”

 

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9 tips for becoming an author in our new marketplace

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Here are a few quick tips to help you become an author in our new marketplace. We’ve seen your amazing wikis and know that other educators will find the hard work you’ve put into your teaching resources extremely valuable!

Tip 1: Start with resources that have been successful with your students. A resource can be any collection of learning materials that support a unit or lesson, including activities, worksheets, lesson plans, assessments, books, presentations, games, homework, flashcards, rubrics, videos, songs, scripts, outlines, and more. The most compelling resources allow for differentiated instruction by including additional versions or questions tailored to engage diverse learners.

Tip 2: Your wiki makes it easy to publish resources on TES. Apply the hard work you’ve already put into your wiki and double the reward. You can upload and publish the compelling learning materials you already have on your wiki as individual resources on TES.

Tip 3: Organization is key. The first file of a resource should be an attractive title page. You’ll also want to include an introduction that gives an overview, table of contents, and explanation about implementing your resource in the classroom. Consistently label and order all files. Make your resources comprehensive by including everything needed to use them successfully (e.g., assessments alongside lesson plans).

Tip 4: Include keywords, Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in resource descriptions. Resource names should be immediately recognizable in a search result. Include keywords, phrases, grade levels, and subject areas that allow your audience to quickly identify the purpose and desired learning outcomes of your resource.

Tip 5: Mind your formatting. Easy-to-read fonts are typically sans serif (e.g., Arial, Verdana) and larger than 14pt. If you’re including worksheets or handouts, provide ample white space for students to write answers. Make file formats editable, so other educators can customize resources for their classrooms. Use popular file formats that don’t require special software, such as:
– Documents: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf
– Images: .jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp
– Presentations: .ppt, .pptx, .pdf

Tip 6: Stick to straightforward pricing. Simple resources (e.g., single lesson plans, worksheets, assessments) should generally be no more than $5, and more complex resources (e.g., booklets, videos, combinations of materials) may earn a higher price, up to $10. Consider customized pricing over $10 for only very complex resources (e.g., entire units, sets of activities).

Tip 7: Respect any and all copyrights. For all content included in each resource, you must either be the copyright owner, receive permission from the copyright owner, or ensure that the content is covered under fair use or other applicable laws. The United States Copyright Office provides a detailed FAQ. You can also learn more about copyright for educators here. Find free materials on The Edublogger.

Tip 8: Do a final check before hitting upload. Make sure your thumbnails are visually appealing and files are correctly ordered, including the title page. Check spelling, tags, and formatting. Include any attribution and copyright information.

Tip 9: Build your brand with your wiki. By becoming an author on TES, you can market your wiki and resources in multiple ways. Once the marketplace is open to the public, you can supplement your wiki with links to your resources on TES. You can also add links to your wiki in your resources’ descriptions to strengthen your online presence and deepen engagement with other educators.

For more info, review our FAQ. Also, feel free to reach out to our content team at help@tes.com; they’re dedicated to helping you succeed as an author.

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Get personalized help from our Content team to share and sell your classroom resources online

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Whether you’re new to selling teaching materials online or a seasoned pro, our Content team will help you be as successful as possible in our new marketplace. They’ll provide individualized feedback, so you’ll reach more educators with your resources. You’ll get a full return on all your efforts because you’ll earn 100% royalty on every U.S. purchase.

When you create a TES account, our Content team will help you:
– identify teaching materials to sell and your target audience
– optimize your resources, including content, pricing and descriptions
– create your own personal brand

Join the TES marketplace now and connect with our Content team members: Erica, Gabe, and Ritu. They look forward to meeting you!

Learn more about Erica, Gabe, and Ritu below. We’ll introduce more members of the TES family from the San Francisco office in future posts!

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Erica Magnusson
Team: Content
Bio: Erica started teaching biology and literacy in a rural village in Malawi, Africa and marine conservancy on whale watching expeditions in MA during college. She then became a Teach For America corps member and was a teacher for four years at an inner-city school in San Francisco. She taught ninth grade Biology and Leadership to a diverse, enthusiastic, and inspiring group of students.
High School: Sanborn Regional High School, Fremont, NH
College: Eckerd College, B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies, Minor in Human Development
Grad School: Loyola Marymount University, M.Ed in Urban Administration and Policy
Favorite Teacher: Professor Nancy Janus of Eckerd College, for teaching me that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

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Gabe Baker
Team: Content
Bio: Gabe started teaching Latin, English, and History to middle and high schoolers in Los Angeles after college. Two years later, he taught middle school on a boat that traveled the world (no lie). Having had his fill of boat life, he attended grad school to study online learning environments. He has also designed web-based curriculum for Curriculet and taught at the Great Books Summer Program at Stanford University and Oxford University for the past nine summers.
High School: Boiling Springs High School, Carlisle, PA
College: Oberlin College, B.A. in Classical Studies & B.A. in Comparative Literature
Grad School: University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A. in Education
Favorite Teacher: Professor Jason Raley of UCSB, for truly believing that the unexamined life is not worth living, and for living the life of the mind inside and outside of the classroom.

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Ritu Virmani
Team: Content
Bio: Ritu has taught for 9 years, beginning her teaching career as a sixth grade Math teacher at an inner-city charter school in Washington DC. The following two years took her to Dubai, where she taught middle school Math and Science at an all-girls school (many of her students were real-life princesses!). Ritu also taught at the Siena School for students with language-based learning differences in the DC area and worked with dyslexic students at the Charles Armstrong School in San Francisco.
High School: John F. Kennedy High School, Silver Spring, MD
College: University of Maryland, B.A. in Communication
Grad School: The Johns Hopkins University, M.A. Teaching
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Bowman is an extraordinary teacher who showed me the importance of small successes, laughing at oneself, and that failure is a stepping stone to great things!

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Share and sell your teaching materials in our new marketplace

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We’re excited to invite you and all the teachers on Wikispaces to join TES, the largest online community of educators in the world. Create an account today to start uploading your original teaching materials.

It’s easy to begin:

  1. Create a TES account
  2. Upload your resources
  3. Earn 100% royalty on every U.S. purchase

Become an early member and you’ll:

  • Get extra help organizing and marketing your materials
  • Have the opportunity to provide feedback on our platform

Later this summer, we’ll be opening up our marketplace to educators to browse, download, and purchase your resources on TES.

We’ve been busy working on this new product and look forward to sharing it with you! If you have any questions, check out our FAQs, or contact us.

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