9 tips for becoming an author in our new marketplace

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Here are a few quick tips to help you become an author in our new marketplace. We’ve seen your amazing wikis and know that other educators will find the hard work you’ve put into your teaching resources extremely valuable!

Tip 1: Start with resources that have been successful with your students. A resource can be any collection of learning materials that support a unit or lesson, including activities, worksheets, lesson plans, assessments, books, presentations, games, homework, flashcards, rubrics, videos, songs, scripts, outlines, and more. The most compelling resources allow for differentiated instruction by including additional versions or questions tailored to engage diverse learners.

Tip 2: Your wiki makes it easy to publish resources on TES. Apply the hard work you’ve already put into your wiki and double the reward. You can upload and publish the compelling learning materials you already have on your wiki as individual resources on TES.

Tip 3: Organization is key. The first file of a resource should be an attractive title page. You’ll also want to include an introduction that gives an overview, table of contents, and explanation about implementing your resource in the classroom. Consistently label and order all files. Make your resources comprehensive by including everything needed to use them successfully (e.g., assessments alongside lesson plans).

Tip 4: Include keywords, Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in resource descriptions. Resource names should be immediately recognizable in a search result. Include keywords, phrases, grade levels, and subject areas that allow your audience to quickly identify the purpose and desired learning outcomes of your resource.

Tip 5: Mind your formatting. Easy-to-read fonts are typically sans serif (e.g., Arial, Verdana) and larger than 14pt. If you’re including worksheets or handouts, provide ample white space for students to write answers. Make file formats editable, so other educators can customize resources for their classrooms. Use popular file formats that don’t require special software, such as:
– Documents: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf
– Images: .jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp
– Presentations: .ppt, .pptx, .pdf

Tip 6: Stick to straightforward pricing. Simple resources (e.g., single lesson plans, worksheets, assessments) should generally be no more than $5, and more complex resources (e.g., booklets, videos, combinations of materials) may earn a higher price, up to $10. Consider customized pricing over $10 for only very complex resources (e.g., entire units, sets of activities).

Tip 7: Respect any and all copyrights. For all content included in each resource, you must either be the copyright owner, receive permission from the copyright owner, or ensure that the content is covered under fair use or other applicable laws. The United States Copyright Office provides a detailed FAQ. You can also learn more about copyright for educators here. Find free materials on The Edublogger.

Tip 8: Do a final check before hitting upload. Make sure your thumbnails are visually appealing and files are correctly ordered, including the title page. Check spelling, tags, and formatting. Include any attribution and copyright information. For step by step instructions on uploading resources, check out our video.

Tip 9: Build your brand with your wiki. By becoming an author on TES, you can market your wiki and resources in multiple ways. Once the marketplace is open to the public, you can supplement your wiki with links to your resources on TES. You can also add links to your wiki in your resources’ descriptions to strengthen your online presence and deepen engagement with other educators.

For more info, review our FAQ. Also, feel free to reach out to our content team at help@wikispaces.com; they’re dedicated to helping you succeed as an author.

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2 Comments

  1. Dr H
    Posted August 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Ironic that the first time I come here for information, I find the article I was seeking deleted, because apparently the poster wasn’t sufficiently credentialed as an educator. Well, you certainly have a right to limit your website to whatever categories you choose. But I do take exception to your defining “educational” as including only K-12 and higher ed.

    What about Early Childhood Education, a field in which I have been active for over 20 years?

    The past two decades have seen more and more school districts, and even states, recognize the importance of including Early Childhood programs (infant, toddler, and preschool) in their coninuum of educational services. Research has shown that children who receive age-appropriate social, emotional, and early literacy support are far more likely to arrive at kindergarten or first grade “ready to learn”, than children who lack the benefit of such services. For high-risk children from low-income families, as many as 80% of children who otherwise would have required significant special education or mental health services, are able to fit in with their peers in the school system, when they have had the advantage of a solid Early Childhood educational program and/or Therapeutic Preschool.

    I urge you to join the 21st century and broaden the base of your definition of “educational” to include Early Childhood Education.

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Betty Ho
    Posted August 11, 2015 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi, thank you for reaching out! We strongly support pre-K as a quality early childhood education leads to many important outcomes later in life. Many of our wikis focus on pre-K and serve numerous early education teachers, students and their families. Which article are you searching for? Feel free to email us help@wikispaces.com and we’d be happy to help you find it! Thanks!

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