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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Get personalized help from our Content team to share and sell your classroom resources online

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Whether you’re new to selling teaching materials online or a seasoned pro, our Content team will help you be as successful as possible in our new marketplace. They’ll provide individualized feedback, so you’ll reach more educators with your resources. You’ll get a full return on all your efforts because you’ll earn 100% royalty on every U.S. purchase.

When you create a TES account, our Content team will help you:
– identify teaching materials to sell and your target audience
– optimize your resources, including content, pricing and descriptions
– create your own personal brand

Join the TES marketplace now and connect with our Content team members: Erica, Gabe, and Ritu. They look forward to meeting you!

Learn more about Erica, Gabe, and Ritu below. We’ll introduce more members of the TES family from the San Francisco office in future posts!

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Erica Magnusson
Team: Content
Bio: Erica started teaching biology and literacy in a rural village in Malawi, Africa and marine conservancy on whale watching expeditions in MA during college. She then became a Teach For America corps member and was a teacher for four years at an inner-city school in San Francisco. She taught ninth grade Biology and Leadership to a diverse, enthusiastic, and inspiring group of students.
High School: Sanborn Regional High School, Fremont, NH
College: Eckerd College, B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies, Minor in Human Development
Grad School: Loyola Marymount University, M.Ed in Urban Administration and Policy
Favorite Teacher: Professor Nancy Janus of Eckerd College, for teaching me that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

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Gabe Baker
Team: Content
Bio: Gabe started teaching Latin, English, and History to middle and high schoolers in Los Angeles after college. Two years later, he taught middle school on a boat that traveled the world (no lie). Having had his fill of boat life, he attended grad school to study online learning environments. He has also designed web-based curriculum for Curriculet and taught at the Great Books Summer Program at Stanford University and Oxford University for the past nine summers.
High School: Boiling Springs High School, Carlisle, PA
College: Oberlin College, B.A. in Classical Studies & B.A. in Comparative Literature
Grad School: University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A. in Education
Favorite Teacher: Professor Jason Raley of UCSB, for truly believing that the unexamined life is not worth living, and for living the life of the mind inside and outside of the classroom.

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Ritu Virmani
Team: Content
Bio: Ritu has taught for 9 years, beginning her teaching career as a sixth grade Math teacher at an inner-city charter school in Washington DC. The following two years took her to Dubai, where she taught middle school Math and Science at an all-girls school (many of her students were real-life princesses!). Ritu also taught at the Siena School for students with language-based learning differences in the DC area and worked with dyslexic students at the Charles Armstrong School in San Francisco.
High School: John F. Kennedy High School, Silver Spring, MD
College: University of Maryland, B.A. in Communication
Grad School: The Johns Hopkins University, M.A. Teaching
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Bowman is an extraordinary teacher who showed me the importance of small successes, laughing at oneself, and that failure is a stepping stone to great things!

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Share and sell your teaching materials in our new marketplace

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We’re excited to invite you and all the teachers on Wikispaces to join TES, the largest online community of educators in the world. Create an account today to start uploading your original teaching materials.

It’s easy to begin:

  1. Create a TES account
  2. Upload your resources
  3. Earn 100% royalty on every U.S. purchase

Become an early member and you’ll:

  • Get extra help organizing and marketing your materials
  • Have the opportunity to provide feedback on our platform

Later this summer, we’ll be opening up our marketplace to educators to browse, download, and purchase your resources on TES.

We’ve been busy working on this new product and look forward to sharing it with you! If you have any questions, check out our FAQs, or contact us.

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Give us your opinion!

We need your help! We’re currently working on an exciting new project to help educators find and use peer-developed teaching resources. We need feedback from teachers to make sure we’re on the right track. The link below leads to a brief survey, which should take about 10 minutes.

Take the survey. 

Please complete the survey before 5pm PST on Friday July 17, 2015.

We can’t do what we do without your feedback.

Thank you!

The Wikispaces team

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Get in early: sell your teaching materials to millions

TES Global LogoWe have a great, early opportunity for teachers who are interested in selling their high-quality, original teaching materials on the new TES Resources.

We are launching TES Resources in the US very soon, and teachers selling and sharing on TES Resources will be able to reach an audience of millions worldwide. We are particularly excited to hear from US teachers, but we are happy to hear from teachers from all over the world.

As an early adopter, we’ll work with you through the process of organizing your materials, uploading and categorizing them, and helping you be successful as you make them available for sale. You’ll also be an invaluable part of the process we go through to make sure we build the best platform possible for teachers of all kinds.

If you’re interested, fill out our form and we’ll be in touch with you shortly. We want to work with both experienced teachers and new teachers and we want to work with teachers of every grade level and subject so that we can learn how to best serve teachers everywhere. Most importantly, we’re looking for teachers who have created their own teaching materials and are interested in selling them to teachers around the world. If you have any interest, don’t hesitate to apply!

Wikispaces has always been about helping teachers manage their classrooms and work with their students. Now, we are working to help teachers find and share the materials they need to engage their class and energize their lessons. We look forward to working with you on this exciting project.

Fill out our application form now.

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