Everyone loves a new adventure. Mine is at Wikispaces!

Ryan Bowse here! I am the newest member of the Wikispaces team. With over 12 years in technology, and the last 4 years focused on helping schools better use technologies, I could not be more thrilled about joining the team. I am an East coast guy living with my wife and new son in this fantastic city by the Bay and enjoying all of what it has to offer. When trying not to blubber through parenthood, I am always looking for new fly fishing spots and the next family whitewater rafting trip.

My focus here will be working with schools and districts to help them get the most out of Wikispaces. Looking forward to collaborating and engaging with you all!

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21 Comments

  1. Posted April 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ryan, nice to meet you. Just wondering if you can help me. I seem to be losing the lines on a table I have set up in my wiki. They show up in “edit” mode, but don’t when I publish the table. Can you tell me how to solve this problem. Here’s the page I am talking about: http://internationaldayofthemidwife.wikispaces.com/International+Day+of+the+Midwife+2012

    thanks, Sarah

  2. rbowse
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Sarah – Thanks for the question. It will be my pleasure to help you out and get this worked out for you. I will reach out directly.

  3. Jan Nocita
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ryan. Congratulations on the new job, and especially your new role as “Dad”. Wishing you and your wife a great transition to your new coast!!

    I’m new to Wiki anything and am learning technology to be a better school librarian, so am looking forward to whatever I can learn from sharing this cyberspace with all of you.

    ~jan (on the “coasts” of three rivers :^)

  4. rbowse
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks Jan!

    Being a new dad is truly one of the best adventures. I am learning new things about the little guy and myself daily.

    As you work with your Wiki please let us know if you have any questions/concerns. We love to help.

  5. kathleencardoso
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    hi,just wanted to know how do you think having a wiki in schools could help the futures of the students? and of course welcome to wikispaces.

  6. rbowse
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the warm welcome!

    Great question and one which is extremely pressing for schools of all shapes and sizes. I think Clay Shirky summarizes it best in his book “Here Comes Everybody: The power of Organizing Without Organizations

    Shirky explains that we are in a digital revolution and at no other time in history has it been so simple and easy to create content and distribute that content to millions of people at little to NO cost. Students are no different.

    No longer are class project, papers and activities bound to only the student:teacher paradigm. Rather students of the future will constantly function in a new one to many paradigms. Many school organizations want to fostering programs and curriculum that would help build student experiences, knowledge and skill to be prepared for this in the new model.

    This is where Wikispaces comes into play. The new model requires tools and solutions to be internet based, simple to use, customizable and secure for group collaboration. Wikis are not just documentation tools they are “social collaboration spaces”. They can be as open or secure as your groups requires. They integrate into other native Web based software such as Google Apps for Education and other education solutions. They complement and enhance the student of today education experience and push learning by removing the technology barriers of content creation and sharing. They are the evolution of the paper notebook, printed document, electric pdf and ultimately bring together the best of the past and completely positioned to benefit from the new technologies to come.

  7. Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Welcome to the team, Ryan. Next step is updating your social profiles to reflect the move to a finer company! ;-) Also, please post photographic evidence of you roaming the Wikispaces hallways while wearing a snappy bowtie.

    I’ve really been enjoying Shirky’s newest book, Cognitive Surplus. It builds further, and really lays out the potential of online collaboration. From the book jacket: “Wikipedia was built out of roughly 1 percent of the man-hours that Americans spend watching TV every year”. That’s all of Wikipedia, the whole enchilada, built in 1 percent of one year’s free time.

    Schools are a great place for people of all ages to construct an understanding and appreciation for creative use of their free time and the technologies and models that make amazing projects possible. Imagine what will be accomplished by the generation who takes wikis for granted.

  8. CDean21
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Glad to know that you are willing to offer any help/assistance on the use of Wikispace. Will this be at a cost. And what are some of the fun creative ways and things Libraries/Librarians can do to make Wikispace more appeal to their target users. I strongly believe for person working within a library we should all think outside of the box and not be boxed down with the traditional way and thinking of how libraries should operate.

  9. rbowse
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Educators are using Wikis in so many creative ways to enhance learning and collaboration. We are always looking to help the community by sharing these examples as often as possible. However if you have topics that you would like to see more information about please drop us a line and make suggestion.

    This is an exciting time for education. If you find yourself looking for assistance or suggestions always feel free to reach out to us at help@wikispaces.com. We are always willing to help where we can.

  10. Posted April 19, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I love wikispaces

  11. cmathieu
    Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I have a number of chemistry wikis.

    How do I type in chemical formulas with subscripts or superscripts and use greek symbols for mathematical formula?

    I find it very time-consuming often having to get an image or type on a separate document and upload this as an image. Is there more direct way without me knowing?

  12. Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    @cmathieu We do support LaTeX math formulas. There’s more detail here: http://tangient.wpengine.com/2007/05/math-in-wikispaces.html

  13. Posted April 26, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Hi Ryan, Welcome to wikispaces! I agree with everyone else. Congrat’s!!! On being a dad!
    I have a quick question If I wanted to put a personal video on here would I have to put on youtube and go to Widget and get it from youtube and go through that whole process?

  14. Posted April 26, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I’ve been a member for 3 months and still dont know if theres another way to upload a personal video!

  15. be4dem
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I just joined wikispaces a couple of minutes ago and I am fascinated by what it offers. I hope I will be an active user of wiki.

  16. rbowse
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Bandmann, Thanks for the nice note. There are several ways to handle videos within Wikispaces. Which path you choose depends on how you plan to use both your wiki and your video. While we do support video services like YouTube, Vimeo, Schooltube users do not have to use them.

    Check out these two videos as they might help.
    http://www.wikispaces.com/content/wiki-tour/files
    http://www.wikispaces.com/content/wiki-tour/widgets

    If you need further assistance or suggestions feel free to email help@wikispaces.com and we will walk you through all your options.

  17. areejarooj
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    nice wiki ^_^

  18. Martin Laban
    Posted May 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ryan.
    I am Martin Laban from Piura Peru south America let me congratulate to live in family and make it fun wherever you are and whoever you are.

    I’m new to Wiki and am learning technology to be a better school teacher, so am looking forward to learnand share this cyberspace with you.

  19. Posted May 16, 2012 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Thank you!!!

  20. Posted May 17, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you Ryan that helped alot!

  21. Posted June 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi, great wiki in schools.

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