Free wikis for educators: K through 12 through PhD

Starting this month, Wikispaces is offering free wikis to higher education. It’s the logical next step for us, all things considered.

Where it started
Over five years ago, we had what we thought was a great idea: take 100,000 of our wikis, make them ad-free and private, and load them up with our great Plus features, then give them away — for free — to K-12 educators. That went so well, we decided to give away 250,000 more. After that, we just kept going and going.

As I’m writing this, we’ve given away 980,000 free classroom wikis for K-12 education. This has been good for educators, who need a simple, powerful way to write and work on the Internet. And it’s been really good for us, because it gets our wikis into the hands of the people who need them the most.

How it’s changing
We’re taking it to the next level. Our great ad-free, private, Plus-featured wikis are now free to higher education, as well.

With this whole new audience for our wikis, we’re extending our commitment to give away 2 million total free wikis for education. The features in these free educational wikis normally cost $50 per year, but are completely free when used for K-12 or higher education. That means wikis for teachers, students, professors, researchers, librarians — anyone and everyone using their wikis in K-12 or higher education. So spread the word and let’s achieve something great together.

If you’re using your wiki exclusively for K-12 education, find out how to upgrade your wiki and get lots of other great information here.

If you’re using your wiki exclusively for Higher Education, find out how to upgrade your wiki and get lots of other great information here.

What’s next
Expanding our free wiki program is a crucial first step in changing how we think about wikis for educators. Over the next year — and beyond — we are planning to develop and release some of the tools and features that educators request most often. Plus a few that we just think will be cool. All still free, ad-free and private, because we believe that educators deserve it.

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42 Comments

  1. Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    I use this wiki as a free resource for lecturers and teachers in higher education can I upgrade to your free account rather than the plus account

    kind regards
    Michelle
    e-mentor Access Programs Challenger Institute of Technology

  2. Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Please check out this Year 5/6 wikispace from my class in Dunedin, New Zealand – we would love your feedback!

  3. Posted March 1, 2011 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for keeping up your commitment to free educational wikis. In my grade 5 class we use many of these to help organise research projects and much more. Many thanks!

  4. Posted March 1, 2011 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    I love the above offer and would like to tahe it up. I already have a pre-existing wiki for Higher Education – is there a way to upgrade this without starting all over again?

  5. Posted March 1, 2011 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot!!

  6. Posted March 1, 2011 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    I love this! I think it’s absolutely awesome that Wikispaces has given away so many free wikis and continues to do so for education. I LOVE my free wiki that I’ve had for 5 years. :) Kudos, and keep up the great work!

  7. Carmen
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the opportunity. I use this platform for some time for educational purposes only and it is great.
    Thanks a lot

  8. Posted March 1, 2011 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    This is wonderful!

    I have been using wikispaces for classes for several years now and this is a tremendous boost. I teach in graduate teacher education and have encouraged my students, most of whom are practicing teachers, to use wikispaces in their teaching.

    The course syllabi are on the wiki. We use the threaded discussions heavily, as well as uploading and sharing project files, along with some page collaboration.

    Thank you!

  9. Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Sure, Paul. On your wiki, just go to Manage Wiki > Subscription. Scroll down to the bottom and follow the “Request your free Higher Education plan wiki” link.

  10. Merlyn
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to start my own wiki. How do I go about to start it?

  11. Ana Soto
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    La enseñanza a traves del uso de las tecnologias de la informacion ayudan al alumno a aprender de modo significativo

  12. Bonnie Nicholas
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    This is great news! I teach ESL to adults, and I set up a wiki for every class I teach. My students love our wikis; it’s such an easy way to post assignments, especially for the computer lab.
    Thank-you, wikispaces!

  13. Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I have a pre-existing wiki for higher ed and I have followed your instructions to upgrade. However, when I go to “Manage Wiki > Subscription. Scroll down to the bottom and follow the “Request your free Higher Education plan wiki” link.” there is no link at the bottom. I have supplied the url to my wiki. Can you please advise.

    Thanks.

  14. Posted March 2, 2011 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Good job! ;-)

  15. Steve Jones
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for this, it’s truly appreciated.

  16. Posted March 2, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    I also use this wiki in higher education. I have just paid my renewal.

    I followed the directions and did not find a “Request your free Higher Education plan wiki” link.

    ???

  17. Posted March 2, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    If you’re already on one of our pay plans, you won’t see the upgrade link. Once your subscription expires, you’ll get the option to switch to the free education plan. If you have any questions, shoot us an email at help@wikispaces.com and we’ll help you sort it out.

  18. Posted March 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    I connect classrooms and use Wikis for collaboration. I have opened a wiki for my college: Sacred Heart College, Cochin. Staff and Students of the college will upload their collaborative activities in the wiki. http://sacredheartcollegethevara.wikispaces.com/ You are welcome to add your comments there

  19. Einat
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    This is great news, and we are looking forward to using it in our university. Please make sure in your developments and considerations to make it fully supportive for the international community – in particular – R to L languages – for we have much wiki on the go..!

  20. Posted March 3, 2011 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    This is great! However I am not involved in K-12 nor higher education.

    Is there any way Computer User Groups could be included in something like this? I am President of the Boca Raton Computer Society (BRCS), and a director of the Florida Association of Computer User Groups (FACUG).

    I think that something like your education program would be good for user groups, and get the word out of what wikis are all about.

  21. Veronika Delvaux
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, what a great tool to use in the class room for our students.

  22. Ruth
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much for your commintment with teachers. You’ve been a blessing for me.

  23. Patricio Gallardo
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Sencillamente es genial y efectivo, les agradezco.

  24. Posted March 4, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for this. Good job.
    Gracias por esta nueva iniciativa.
    Las wikis son una herramienta fundamental para el trabajo con mis alumnos y alumnas. Desde Segovia (España), muchas gracias y a seguir así.

  25. mohammad rababah
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    many Thanks for your commintment with teachers. You’ve been a blessing for me

  26. Ana Capilla
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the opportunity every day. I use this platform for some time for educational purposes and it is great et positive. Thanks a lot. Desde Córdoba (España)

  27. Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    Gr8 giving in the cause of freely sharing knowledge. Much appreciated. I have broadcast this news to my friends in education field.

  28. Posted March 5, 2011 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    This is what Africa has been waiting for. Great timing and i can assure the world that this will go a long way to improve education standards in Africa.
    Please Come to Makerere University, Uganda, East Africa, Africa.

    Francis Ekwaro, East African School of Library & Information Science, College of Computing & Information Science, Makerere University

  29. Posted March 6, 2011 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Gracias y seguid así !!!

  30. Posted March 6, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Terrific! My trial subscription for my college creative writing class was set to expire and I was going to pass the hat to scrounge up enough $ to get us to the end of the semester. My students are strapped for cash in these tough times, so this free upgrade for higher ed is both timely and badly needed.

  31. Posted March 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Muy buena noticia, difundiremos en nuestra comunidad, saludos desde Chile.

  32. Posted March 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I work for a public library in Campbelltown, NSW Australia. Can we have a free Wiki space too?

  33. Posted March 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Thank you. I’m creating teaching units in simple english for remote areas. This will be truly useful!

  34. Posted March 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Muchísimas gracias, una gran noticia!

  35. Harry Carley
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Greetings from Japan.
    Matsuyama University.
    I will be implementing Wikis into my course work for all my classes.
    Appreciate you making them free for my students.

  36. hcbasol
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your commitment to higher education. Currently I begin using wiki for my Advanced Reading and Writing class in a university in Turkey. It’s great to see that students are so thrilled with the idea of using wiki. Although that’s their first time with wiki, they are so excited to post new discussions about the class, and share their ideas about being a good reader &writer, having much more practice after the class. Thank you all.

  37. rupa
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    I would like to upgrade to avail free give away wiki.

    InformationLiteracyInstructions is my wiki.

    Please advice asap.

  38. Claire Chevalier
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot, merci !
    It’s a good tool to manage collaborative work beetween students in Europe. A good tool to do etwinning projects (etwinning : The community for schools in Europe)
    Un bon outil pour mener un travail collaboratif entre plusieurs classes…
    Les petits forums associés à chaque pages sont précieux.

  39. Shaunta1
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I am in a technology class, and one of our assignments was to view an educational WIKI site. I must say that this is a very informative webstie. Its cool how you are able to communicate with educators from all over the world.

  40. Posted March 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    This will provide even moreopportunities for educators to write and work on the Internet.

  41. Posted March 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Muchas gracias por regalar este espacio tan importante para los profesores, yo la utilizo para mis clases .Los estudiantes deben consultar el wiki para ver los temas y las notas .
    Soy profesora de Sistemas y de Química
    Me gustaria que se pudiera utilizar el tabulador , los subindices y superindices para las wikis de Química.

    Esperanza Barona M.
    Ustedes son lo maximo
    espynotas@yahoo.com ;espynotas@gmail.com ;espynotas@hotmail.com

  42. Posted March 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    thanks for everything :D

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