Google Apps for Education Integration

We are pleased to announce full Google Apps for Education Integration with Wikispaces Private Label.

Wikispaces Private Label is the most effective way to help teachers and students collaborate, communicate and learn. And now you can have the power of Google Apps for Education tightly integrated with the classroom management, review, monitoring, and organization flexibility of Wikispaces.

Read on for details. And you may also want to register so we can invite you to our upcoming Google Apps integration webinar.

Today we’re showing you the practical benefits of our new integration. And tomorrow we’ll show you some great examples of how you can use it in your classrooms.

When you connect your two environments you immediately get Single Sign-On. This means that your teachers and students can log into your Wikispaces Private Label site using their Google accounts, greatly simplifying the management of user accounts.

But our integration goes much further than that. Wikispaces wikis are a great way to organize the work of the classroom. And now that work can include Google Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Drawings as easily as wiki pages and files.

Creating a new page? Make it a Google Document. Open your wiki and click on the plus button next to Pages and Files. You’ll see the New Google Doc option, ready for your use.

Organize and navigate to Google Spreadsheets and Presentations just like pages in your wikis. And of course, review, monitor, discuss, and set permissions just like wiki pages.

With our Projects feature and our flexible permissions infrastructure you can organize Google Documents into class assignments, or even share them outside of your Google Apps domain, with parents or other teachers

Get started today.

If you are a Wikispaces Private Label and Google Apps for Education customer, then you’re ready to get going! Have a look at our integration documentation for your simple setup instructions.

To learn more, sign up to get more information.

Or start your free 30 day Wikispaces Private Label trial today.

And stay tuned tomorrow for some great examples for your classrooms.

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11 Comments

  1. Posted June 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    This is brilliant and lovely stuff! I can see so many great applications, and it’s a great reason for Wikispaces-lovers to try out Google Apps (and a lure for GAE users, too). Congrats on the latest great feature.

    Now, if only someone could convince my University to go with Google Apps instead of (or in addition to) Office 365!

    Question: Could you address the benefits Wikispaces has over Google Sites?

  2. eddiemog
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Google Apps can really make a difference in the classroom

  3. Posted June 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Wow! A whole new world has opened. I even posted this at the ADED facebook page

  4. Posted June 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    @Christian – Thanks! We think there is tremendous promise in a Wikispaces – Google Apps integrated environment. We’ve done a deep integration (open challenge: show me a better one!) but are still building.

    Wikispaces and Sites certainly overlap. They are at their hearts both wikis! I can tick off a laundry list of feature differences that favor both sides — cool stuff like Apps Scripts on one side and the inability to embed non-Google content on the other — but that misses the point. We believe in Wikispaces we’ve build a product that is substantially easier to adopt and use for the average teacher and student. This is our singular focus and it permeates Wikispaces, from our permissions model to flat page and file spaces to tags-as-organization to how we structure our default navigation to the wording and content of emails to notification options. If we can do better on this focus, we’d love to hear how.

  5. Posted June 19, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Google docs integration only for private label? Any possibility of expanding this to the plus plan in the future?

  6. Posted June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    @Jeff – it’s something we’re considering, though that integration would be different. The connection between Wikispaces Private Label and Google Apps is deep, including user authentication and full Docs synchronization leveraging both Groups and collections of documents. This approach doesn’t really make sense with single wikis on Wikispaces.com due to user synchronization issues. That said, it’s on our mind! If there are specific uses you’re thinking of we’d love to hear them at help@wikispaces.com.

  7. Mariel
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    when I want to try it, the windows says ” upgrade today starting at $100 per month”…. A HUNDRED PER MONTH???? isn’t that a little bit too much?

  8. Mariel
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    oops….I do understand now why the $100 per month…. forget it. Thanks!

  9. Tristan
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Hi there,
    is there any plan to integrate an online mind-mapping feature in the future?
    I have to convince my principal to buy the wikispace Private Label.
    Thanks :-)

  10. Posted June 21, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    @Tristan – Mind-mapping isn’t something we’ve gotten too many requests for. Can you give me an example of the kind of service you’d like? Thanks!

  11. Benjamin
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Does this service really cost $100 per month? Seems quite high.

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