We are thrilled to announce that Wikispaces has been acquired by TSL Education. Joining TSL is the perfect opportunity for us to stay true to our principles and dramatically increase our ability to impact the lives of teachers worldwide. Read on for why.
First, the most important things you need to know:
1) The entire Wikispaces team is staying on board
2) We are more committed than ever to serving teachers and students
3) We are going to build more ambitious, more revolutionary, and more delightful products for you more quickly than ever before
If you don’t know much about our history, have a read of our letter to the Wikispaces community. It talks about how we’ve gotten here and how a human approach to business and a commitment to being part of the education community has been so important to our success.
We have always been committed to our principles and to doing the most good we can. When we met the TSL Education team last year, we realized that we had a rare opportunity. We could stay true to our principles, deliver a level of value to our community that we could never deliver alone, and do so at enormous scale extremely quickly. That’s because TSL is run by exceptional people and because combining their assets with ours is going to produce incredible products for the education community.
Like us, TSL has a mission that is focused on teachers. “We believe that teachers around the world are the single most important influence on a child’s education and that they need to access the very best content and resources to inspire their students.” Very often in the education industry teachers are seen as a means to an end, a stepping stone — or worse — an impediment to getting to the real customer. TSL has built its success on serving teachers. This focus on and commitment to teachers shouldn’t be rare, but it is.
TSL has managed to balance a long history of operational and financial success with being a deeply innovative company. Since being founded as The Times Educational Supplement in The Times newspaper in 1902, TSL has accomplished a rare feat several times over: adapting to and evolving with a changing world. In recent times it has been extremely successful migrating its teacher recruitment business from print to digital and at the same time has built the largest online network of teachers in the world. And that network isn’t just noise. Teachers download over 20 million pieces of teacher-built lesson content on TSL’s platform every month. We’ve had a chance to take a close look from the inside and it’s just a remarkable community doing great work at large scale.
What we are going to do with the combination of a large and vibrant teacher generated library of teaching resources and our classroom collaboration platform is going to be groundbreaking. Those of you who know our Wikispaces Classroom platform deeply will be able to divine some of the genuinely exciting things we’re going to build for teachers. And being backed by a group of smart, committed people, who have significant resources and a strong belief in our team and approach means that we’ll be able to move far more quickly than we ever have before.
Some of you may be skeptical, thinking that this acquisition may affect our ability to continue to serve teachers as we always have, or that it might change our focus so that we can no longer be the partners to the education community we have prided ourselves on being. To those concerns all we can say is “watch what happens.” In the next months you’re going to see an even more focused Wikispaces team, an even better Wikispaces Classroom experience, and a whole lot of good stuff that we could never have built for you without a partner like TSL.
Those of you who know us know how passionate we are about the company we’ve built and the relationship we have with all of you. We are so excited about this next step in our growth and what we’re going to be able to do together.
Thank you, sincerely, from everyone in the Wikispaces team, for all of your help. We would not have gotten here without you. And we won’t be able to take this next step without you either. Please continue to be as vocal as you have always been and let us know what you need, what we’re doing well, and what we aren’t. And let’s build great things together.
The Wikispaces Team
Adam, Dom, Eric, James, Jeff, Max, and Wendy