Teachers Talk Back

Last week, we let everyone know about our commitment to give away 250,000 more K-12 wikis. Based on all the supportive feedback we’ve received, you were as excited about our new goals as we were. We wanted to take a moment to share some of the feedback with you.

As an educator, I just want to say THANK YOU!…A commitment such as yours to K-12 Education is seldom seen in the business world and I just wanted to say that your team ROCKS!
– David Truss

I just wanted to let the staff at Wikispaces know how much your service has changed my teaching and classroom. By being able to maintain a Wikispace, my students are exposed to more material and have easy access to review and tutorial resources. I use it to conduct class when school is on holiday and to carry on discussions and debates that might not be feasible or successful in the normal classroom setting. Your service is also allowing me to prepare my students for college by introducing them to the online learning experience. Thank you so much for your commitment to education and to the teachers who utilize your site.
– Glenda Wheatley

Congratulations on a major achievement. Thank you for all you do!
– Mary Ellen Grayot

Congratulations, Adam, Bisma, Dom, James, Jeff, Jessica, and Sarah! And a big Thank You for your endeavors. I use the site for staff development resources at a poor inner-city Catholic School where I volunteer to do technology. I am using it also for five schools that received a grant for interactive board training to help them share and ask questions. None of these schools have the funds to get costly programs and we are so grateful that you value education!
– Sr. Mary Therese Freymann, BVM

You guys are AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
– Aly Tapp

“Wikispaces is a wonderful system and you have done an amazing job. My pupils are very lucky. And in my experience from the few times I’ve needed help, there is always a quick answer and a useful explanation. It doesn’t matter that you are in America and I am using the wiki in Holland; you are much faster then the help desks in the neighborhood of my town!”
– Peter van Steenwijk

That is awesome news!!!!! Thanks for all you do in making my job more appealing to my students as they learn in the digital age.
– Gary Klingman

A big thank you from me and my students!
– Keith Critchett

What can we say? We love you too. Serving the K-12 education community has been a pleasure and we are excited to continue to do so. If you have any feedback for us, you know where to send it – help@wikispaces.com .

Again, thank you for everything. Here’s to the next 250,000.

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18 Comments

  1. Paula White
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    You folks are the most amazing team of people to work with–always helpful, always prompt in responding and always looking to improve. I constantly hold YOUR work ethic up to my kids. . . and they LOVE their wikispaces! I cannot say thank you enough for the opportunities you have provided my students to collaborate!

  2. Posted September 18, 2008 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Rock on guys.

    For the past 3 3/4 years (-:, I have been a major supporter. I hope you guys can continue to provide a great service, for free to teachers.

    I thank everyone at Tangient for working so hard to make Wikispaces a safe and useful environment.

    You guys might want to think about making Wikispaces opensource, or open/installable on privet servers (for a price).

    Andrei Z.
    –ateamrocks–

  3. Posted September 19, 2008 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I’m an English teacher with a wikispaces account and I’d like to know if I can get the free teacher upgrade I’ve been hearing about. My user name is jbailey. Can you send me more information about that?

  4. Posted September 21, 2008 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Thank you SOOOooooOOOO very much!!! I am teaching a teachers graduate class for Wilkes University and I want all of the participants to have a Wiki for their class.

  5. Tad Mott
    Posted September 23, 2008 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for your wonderful endeavor. This is really great and our students are loving it! Keep up the good work!

  6. Posted September 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I am interested in the free teacher website.

    I just began using wiki for an add on endorsement and want to use this in my Special Education class.

  7. Rebecca
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for allowing teachers to use the space. My sixth grade students have never returned a permission slip so quickly! They are excited about the opportunity to blog in school. We are using it in both Language Arts and Social Studies.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  8. Elisabeth Bojarski
    Posted September 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    This new era is so exciting and students just love the connection between what they do at home for fun and what we do at school. It makes work so easier for them!

  9. Posted October 4, 2008 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I think wikispace is so great for teachers & students, really thanks for your efforts wiki’s.:)

  10. Posted October 7, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I learned about wikispaces through my professor at Teacher’s College at Columbia University, Dr. James Frankel. I echo all the positive responses above and I urge you to offer more free wikis to educators. In my own practice, I have found that students are plugged in to youtube, myspace, facebook, aim, and so on, so when I introduced wikispaces, they were thrilled. They care so much about their work and their website that they constantly proofread and update their work. One student told me they spent two hours one night just working on their wikispace. I find that your initiative to give educators free spaces has revolutionized my teaching. As educators it is crucial that we plug in and use digital resources with our children lest we become victims of a generational divide. Please consider offering more wikispaces to educators.

  11. Posted October 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    This week I will send out wiki invites to join a space dedicated to my school department. I cannot wait for teachers to take hold of this in my school and open up discussions with students using wikis. Thanks for making this technology so accessible.

  12. Noel Lim
    Posted October 12, 2008 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    As we move towards Web 3.0, this was certainly an opportune moment for our students in the Peel District School Board as many teacher took advantage of the offer.

  13. Shoshana
    Posted October 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I’ve joined up with a view to creating a wiki for my local home education (homeschool) group.

    I’m interested to know what support and resources you offer teachers and educational wikis.

  14. Posted October 14, 2008 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I am an English Instructional Coach and would really like to use my Wiki site for both Professional Development activities for teachers and with students; however, the district would require that I do so without ads due to influence with students. Is it possible for me to get a free upgrade as I am a teacher and would qualify for your K-12 program?

  15. Posted October 16, 2008 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Carolyn,

    Yep. Send us an e-mail to help@wikispaces.com and we will help you upgrade your wiki.

    Best,
    Sarah

  16. Posted October 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Folks, this is an exciting opportunity. I’ve just signed up and I’m expecting the blessing of my principal to use this in my Gr. 8 classroom. I’ll go through the tutorials and see what’s what. I would love to hear from any Gr. 8 teachers to hear how it’s being used for instructional purposes.
    Cheers,
    Michael, Canada.

  17. Posted October 24, 2008 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    Thank you all so much for providing this very valuable tech tool free to teachers!

    I have wanted to start a site for my classes to use since I started teaching last year but didn’t know enough about “building” a site and never found the time. When I read about Wikispace and your offer to teachers, I figured it wouldn’t get any easier than that!

    Building my site was SO easy and SO quick! And maintaining it is not only easy as well, but fun too! Now, I’m constantly on the lookout for things that can add value for my classroom teaching and help my kids have all the “extra” help they need.

    Thank you so much – not many businesses make such commitments to education! Your support is so valued and so necessary!

    Best,
    Kelli

  18. Posted October 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Michael,

    Check out our educational wiki at http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com for examples of how teachers are using Wikispaces in their classrooms.

    Best,
    Sarah

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