Well, actually nothing just yet, but soon.
Back when the web was young in education, I led many a workshop on webpage/site creation. It was such a simple process:
- the keeper of the keys had to create a directory on the server for you
- you got a login / password for each school which had their own directory
- in the beginning, you had to teach how to set up an FTP client with local and remote directories, and the login and password – now you had a place to put your webpage
- then, we used an editor to create the webpage. I remember the editor that was part of Netscape as one of them
- later, the Ministry of Education licensed Macromedia Dreamweaver and we could do much of this in the application
- Macromedia Dreamweaver became Adobe Dreamweaver and so we upgraded
Granted, if you mastered all of the above, you could do wonderful things and many schools did. Somewhere along the line came the concept of a “wiki” essentially meaning quick and popularized by The Wikipedia, the resource that teacher-librarians loved to hate. Basically, you could create your own wiki website in a browser and cut out all the geekiness love described above.
I recall being at ISTE in a session where the presenter was comparing Wikispaces and PBWiki. It wasn’t very objective; she slammed one and really promoted the other. Which is which really doesn’t matter. I used them both. I put my public PD Wiki on PBWiki which became PBWorks and had a number of private wikis on Wikispaces.
I came home and set up some environments in both of these and liked them both. What was she talking about? This lent to even more workshops on wiki creation and productivity went wild. The wiki environment was so simple to edit and time was spent developing content rather than worrying about the ins and outs of hardcore creation like we previously did. Perhaps they didn’t have the potential for bells and whistles but you quickly got the job done.
So, it was with sadness that I read that Wikispaces, as we know it, will be closing.
There’s plenty of notice before the formal closing so that you can get in and take out any content that you want to keep.
I checked in to see wikis that I had been part of …
Yep. We planned an entire conference in a wiki. As I look down the list of other wikis I was a member of, I see many a Minds on Media event.
The good news is that a replacement environment TES.com will fill the big wikispaces shoes with TES Teach with Blendspace.
What are your thoughts for a Sunday?
- Do you have a wiki? On which platform or is it somewhere else?
- Do you have a formal website which requires management with external tools?
- Do you use WordPress or Blogger or Google Sites or … for your online home?
- Do you worry about free services going away after a while?
- What is your contingency plans in case that happens?
- Do you backup your online presence in case it goes away?
I, and others visiting this blog, will be interested in your thoughts!
Please share them in the comments below.
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