Education/Newsletter/April 2014/Happenings at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus

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Kleiman and some of the Wiki Borregos after the screening

Sponsored by the campus library and the Wiki Borregos, on 18 March, documentary director Michael Kleiman premiered his film "Web" on the campus. While not specifically about Wikipedia, one of the film's highlights is a group of primary school students creating their village's Wikipedia page. About 250 students and faculty attended the event and after the screening, there was a question-and-answer session with the director. Although Michael is a fluent speaker of Spanish, the audience decided to take advantage of the opportunity to speak in English and the questions sparked debate on the ethics of introducing new technology, the role of Wikipedia in education and more.

Clark Murray and students

On 28 March, students from Clark Murray's Advanced English class worked to improve articles related to small municipalities in Mexico by adding sections about their histories. The improved articles include: Pihuamo, Cocoyoc, Catemaco, Mazatepec and San Luis Acatlán The exercise began with an example done on the first week, improving the article Ixcatepec, Oaxaca and analyzing what was done. The next task was to find stubs about municipalities that lacked information on their history, in order to take advantage of the online research Enciclopedia de los Municipios y Delegaciones de México, published by the federal agency INAFED. The students then had a week to create between 100 and 150 words, paraphrasing the information in the "Enciclopedia" On the final day of the project, the students uploaded their paragraphs into their respective articles, added the citation and checked each other's articles online. A few advanced students figured out how to update the population figures on the articles as well.