You may have noticed a few subtle changes around the time we introduced Wikispaces Classroom. On Twitter, we saw that one of our favorite Wikispaces users, Gwyneth Jones, known widely as The Daring Librarian, did:
It’s true! We love our plant logo as much as Gwyneth does as it’s been with us from the start, but with Wikispaces Classroom we felt it was time for a change. We originally thought about wikis as little communities carefully trimmed and shaped by their caretakers — hence the bonsai tree. We still do, but since education is our focus, we wanted a new logo that reflected that. By replacing the bonsai plant you all know and love, we hope we’re signaling to you how our design changes will reflect our focus teaching and learning.
Think of everything you do on a wiki– editing a wiki truly is social writing, and we’ve been developing the best tool we can for writing socially in the past 7 years. Our new logo celebrates all of the writing that you can do with a wiki– writing your syllabus, writing an in-line comment giving timely feedback, writing a discussion prompt, adding to your colleagues’ writing by putting a few more words in or sharing a link– and puts it front and center. The four pencils in our new logo point to the center, symbolizing this convergence.
Social writing in 2013 means your students have a global audience, and they’re more motivated than ever to write content that inspires. It means your students can be writing on a wiki with a buddy from Africa and compare and contrast their ideas and words with someone half a world away. Our new Classroom features the Newsfeed at its heart, which puts student and teacher writing and ideas at the front of every classroom wiki, where responses can flow easily and in one place. Comments are even easier, and discussions can happen on each page for every piece of content you have.
We really like the change, and hope you do too. Let us know how social writing has changed your world below.