Your Back to School Kit from Wikispaces

We know many of our friends in the Northern Hemisphere have headed back to school this week, and we wanted to help prepare your school, teachers, students, and parents for using Wikispaces Classroom right out of the gate! Our team has created a Back to School Toolkit to help you get your online classroom running and ready for students to start collaborating.

Handout for Students

Tutorial Walk-Throughs

  • Get up to speed in Wikispaces Classroom quickly– click through our brief tutorials on how to add student accounts to wikis, how to get your Newsfeed up and running, how to administer a project, and how to differentiate using the Assessment Tool

Handouts and Presentations

  • Which Type of Wiki? Classroom vs. Basic Wiki Figure out which wiki is right for you and your students
  • Letter to Parents Customize our Back to School letter for parents to help involve them in their child’s online learning process
  • Getting Started: Teachers A handout to get teachers acquainted with all things Wikispaces Classroom
  • Getting Started: Students A handout just for students, including a place to put their username and how to log in and get started
  • Getting Started: Parents A handout to acquaint parents with Wikispaces Classroom and how they can access the site

Back to School Night Webinar with Wikispaces

As you hold your own Back to School Night events throughout this month, we hope you’ll join us for ours! Put on your jammies and join us for a special evening webinar to review our Wikispaces Classroom Back to School materials, get ready for Back to School Night, and have a discussion about best practices for the new school year with wikis. Join us Thursday, September 12th at 6PM PDT, 9PM EDT and register here.

Feel free to share your #backtoschool with Wikis tip, trick, or story on our Back to School wiki, Twitter @wikispaces or below in the comments.

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5 Comments

  1. monica
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting!!

  2. Colette
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    I have used wikispaces with my students for a number of years and I love it. Initially I did not find the classroom version helpful however. It appears that some changes have been made to it and it’s a little better now.

    I would love to know though what’s the point of allowing the linking to an external calendar, since I can’t find where to make it visible or accessible to students.

    I also do not like that there is discussion on every page, Students leave comments on any page they land on and it is hard to follow them all. I should be able to designate which pages I want to enable discussions on.

  3. Posted October 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I notice that when I’m on my iPad I do not have the ‘assessment’ page like I do when I’m on a computer. Is this correct or am i not looking I the right place?

    Thank you.

  4. wendy
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi there Laura! Do you have it switched to “Classroom?” Please email us at help@wikispaces.com and we can look further into it.

  5. wendy
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi Colette! Thanks for sharing. You can use the Discussions on each page and direct students there, such as having a page for each book you are reading and have a Discussion related to it just on that page. The main home page can collect all topics. We hope you have been enjoying it! Please email us at help@wikispaces.com if you have any other questions!

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