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.