Wikispaces, a part of TES, announced las week that the site will close starting 31 July 2018.
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If you have been a Wikispaces devotee, as I have, this is a terrible blow. For 12 years Wikispaces has provided a very useful, free to Education, web tool - essentially a data base, or a "collaborative content management system", as Daniel Nations describes in this article on Lifewire.
Scores of IB teachers have used Wikispaces over the years. The disappearance of this web tool that will leave a big hole in our online teaching and learning.
Though alternative web sites are being suggested around the web, there is no site quite like Wikispaces for a free, web-hosted, collaborative database tool. Richard Byrnes, on Free Tech for Teachers, suggests Google Sites, Weebly for Education, and Edublogs. Wikispaces itself suggests Moodle, PBWorks and Referata. Alternatives To lists other wiki tools.
The Wikispaces Twitter page might be worth following as users post alternatives.