Get in early: sell your teaching materials to millions

TES Global LogoWe have a great, early opportunity for teachers who are interested in selling their high-quality, original teaching materials on the new TES Resources.

We are launching TES Resources in the US very soon, and teachers selling and sharing on TES Resources will be able to reach an audience of millions worldwide. We are particularly excited to hear from US teachers, but we are happy to hear from teachers from all over the world.

As an early adopter, we’ll work with you through the process of organizing your materials, uploading and categorizing them, and helping you be successful as you make them available for sale. You’ll also be an invaluable part of the process we go through to make sure we build the best platform possible for teachers of all kinds.

If you’re interested, fill out our form and we’ll be in touch with you shortly. We want to work with both experienced teachers and new teachers and we want to work with teachers of every grade level and subject so that we can learn how to best serve teachers everywhere. Most importantly, we’re looking for teachers who have created their own teaching materials and are interested in selling them to teachers around the world. If you have any interest, don’t hesitate to apply!

Wikispaces has always been about helping teachers manage their classrooms and work with their students. Now, we are working to help teachers find and share the materials they need to engage their class and energize their lessons. We look forward to working with you on this exciting project.

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Featured Wiki: Resources for History Teachers

Robert Maloy started the Resources for History Teachers wiki in 2009. This is his Wikispaces story.

1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:

resourcesforhistoryteachers is a wiki designed for teachers and students, created by teachers and students. Robert Maloy, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, began resourcesforhistoryteachers in 2009 as part of a course designed to help college students prepare for the Massachusetts History Teacher Test.

Since that time, resourcesforhistoryteachers has grown beyond its initial focus to become a multimedia/multicultural history learning resource for teachers, students and schools throughout the United States and around the world:

  • The site now includes all of the Massachusetts history standards for grades K-12 as well as the national Advanced Placement (AP) World History, United States History and American Government standards. There are more than 600 pages in the site and the number is constantly growing as users contribute new information and create subpages off main pages.
  • Users of the wiki come from a wide-ranging community of educators committed to developing interesting and engaging curriculum for students studying history, government, economics and geography.
  • The site now features links to multicultural and multimedia resources as well as short summaries of historical events, making it an interactive and engaging experience for history learners. There are links to primary sources, video resources, learning games, resources for teaching the histories of diverse people, historical biographies and many more materials for use in school classrooms. The goal is for teachers and students to have multiple resources for covering, uncovering and discovering the past.

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?

Being able to create cross-links between pages is an exciting feature. Teachers and students can access information about an historical topic on one page and then explore more connections about that topic on related pages. Giving users the option to explore the pages in their own way makes this site a unique type of digital textbook for use in schools. Students can follow their own interests as explorers of the past through the lens of multiple types of learning resources.

The option to add images to the pages is another favorite feature. Pictures, maps, and other visual resources serve to bring historical material alive for teachers and students while creating visually engaging pages within the wiki. We also like the idea of creating subpages off a main page so that teachers and students can explore a specific topic in more depth by leaving the main page to read and explore the subpage.

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?

We have found that the resourcesforhistoryteachers wiki can be paired with other Web 2.0 tools to create engaging history learning experiences.

One idea is what we call a Wikiquest. Like a WebQuest, students explore multiple online resources as part of a class assignment. But in a Wikiquest, students do their explorations within the resourcesforhistoryteachers wiki, both accessing existing materials and adding new ones so that the wiki becomes a regularly evolving digital text and learning resource.

A second idea involves using the resourcesforhistoryteachers wiki in conjunction with social bookmarking sites like Delicious and Diigo. Teachers and students can assemble collections of web materials on their social bookmarking site and then link that material to wiki. This is enabled teachers and students to create stacks of resources about historical figures (historical biography stacks) or events (historical event stacks). Students in classrooms can follow each other social bookmarks while all the wiki users can also access the material.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”

Wikis create ongoing opportunities for interaction and collaboration that result in powerful learning for teachers and students. Instead of a teacher lecturing about historical material or telling students to read online sources by themselves, wikis invite students to construct knowledge together by actively exploring existing resources and adding new ones to a public site that everyone can access and use.

5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?

Active learning, critical thinking, and collaborative interaction are the hallmarks of how the resourcesforhistoryteachers wiki functions as a transformative technology for history learning by teachers and students. Wikis make historical knowledge visible and accessible to teachers and students who are both the creators and the receivers of that knowledge.

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Teachers – Help TES understand your ed-tech experience, and enter to win an iPad

 

 

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How do you use technology in your classroom?

We are always interested in learning about how teachers work with education technology, and ed-tech companies. It’s key to being a good ed-tech provider and is always a great reality check.

If you’d like to help, please fill out our latest survey. Your responses will be treated as confidential unless you choose to provide your name and would like us to quote you. It should take no more than 10 minutes, and if you want to provide your contact details, you’ll have a chance to win one of three iPads.

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As always, thank you for your support!

 

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Feature Highlight: Page Favorites

Not every user will use your wiki the same way. A page may be useful to one user, but not to another. Our Favorite Pages feature will allow every user to show just those pages they care about in the navigation area.

The navigation area of your wiki will contain the navigation widget by default. It lists all of the pages on your wiki or those associated with a specified tag. You may have also noticed the “Favorites” heading at the top. If you have not discovered it before, this is a really handy feature to make your most used pages easier to reach!

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Unlike the rest of the navigation area, the Favorites page list is unique for every user. Each user can determine what their favorite pages are, creating a personal list of their most visited pages.

To add a page to your favorites, click the star just to the left of the page title. The page will now appear in the navigation area under the favorites page.

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To remove a page from your Favorites, simply click the star again.

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Need to contact us? You are always welcome to send your questions to help@wikispaces.com.

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Featured Wiki: Collaborative Research @ University College Dublin

This is a guest post written by Niall Watts of the University College Dublin. Niall describes a great use of Wikispaces by Dr. Niamh Flanagan of the UCD School of Applied Social Science. He describes how Wikispaces was flexible enough to provide students a simple structure to organize their research, share and analyze surveys, and then present their findings.


Dr. Niamh Flanagan of the UCD School of Applied Social Science wanted students in the first and second years of their Masters in Social Science (Social Work) to work together on the Student-2-Student Dialogue Project. The aim of this project was to investigate learning opportunities while on fieldwork placement. The first year students designed a survey for the second year students to complete on their experiences of field work. The first year students were divided into 10 research teams of about 5 members to analyze and discuss the survey findings. Each team was responsible for researching one topic. Topics included guidance and learning on placement, student preparedness for field work placements and practice supervision while on placement among others. The second year students were to comment on the findings of the first year students. It was hoped that the research would help to prepare the first year students for their own fieldwork placements.

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Blackboard could not be used for the project, as it involved students from two years who were not all registered in the same module. Media Services identified Wikispaces as a suitable platform for such a collaborative project. Wikispaces allows a lecturer to organize students into project teams where they can collaboratively write documents. Permissions can be set so that teams can read but not write on each other’s team pages and reviewers (in this case the second year students) can read and comment on all the team pages. Wikispaces has a simple editor which allows the addition of pictures, tables, links and other media elements. It is free for use in education.

Niamh Flanagan considers the project to be a success and would repeat it. All the first year teams created a team page or pages with a detailed analysis of their findings. Most were illustrated with graphics and tables. The only downside was the small number of comments by second year students perhaps due to other study commitments. Niamh Flanagan spent no more than a day or two familiarizing herself with Wikispaces. Niall Watts from Media Services, UCD IT Services, supported the project, including a brief demonstration of Wikispaces to the students which helped them to get started. No major technical hitches were encountered during the project.

For further information on this project, please contact Niamh Flanagan or Niall Watts.

Original link: http://www.ucdblogs.org/ucdblogs/collaborative-online-project-years/

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