A big part of our focus for Wikispaces Classroom was making things easier. We removed features people weren’t using or got in the way. We made the layout cleaner, simpler, and harder to break. And we also exposed the powerful functionality we have under the hood in ways that make it really easy to do the things you want to do.
There are many different ways for a teacher to organize their digital classroom these days, from the bare minimum to intricate learning management systems. With Wikispaces Classroom, we wanted to give you what you love about Wikispaces — its simplicity and ease of use — along with an extra layer of management for the classroom that we hope you’ll find equally simple, for you and students alike. This first thing you’ll notice is the overall theme change — there is a standard background, settings bar, and navigation bar to make it easy for your students to focus on their work and for you to focus on them.
We’ve taken the settings you most care about as a teacher and put them at the top of each Wikispaces Classroom page so you can access these controls whenever you need them. These used to exist in the right-hand navigation bar, now you can access the most important aspects of managing your wiki — Members, Projects, Assessment, and Settings in a way that is separate from your pages. And when students log in, they don’t see this bar, meaning they can just focus on the Pages and Projects they are working on.
The Navigation Bar has always been the hub for access to all of your Wiki pages. In Wikispaces Classroom, we’ve pared it down to be just what you need. A link to your News Feed will always be on top as the central location for up-to-the-minute information on your wiki. Below that, you’ll see a collection of your Pages, which you can now organize even more. Just click and drag up and down to reorder, or click “Edit Navigation” to turn off “All Pages” and use Tags instead. However you use it, you’ll notice it’s designed to help you focus on just your important Pages.
We’ve taken all the functionality of the old Manage Wiki area and renamed it Settings with a whole new look and feel that’s cleaner and more intuitive. Not only do you access it on the top Organizer Bar, but now you can quickly move between each section of the Settings area from one page. We think you’ll find it much simpler to use.
We can’t wait to see how you and your students use Wikispaces Classroom, and we think these changes add up to a whole new experience that allows you to focus on engaging your students and improving their outcomes. Learn more about Wikispaces Classroom at one of our upcoming webinar tours, and join our Twitter #wclassroom Challenge online this month, sharing your Wikispaces Classroom with the world. Simply Tweet a link to your site with #wclassroom today.