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Welcome to the Newsroom! :) The newsletter is published at the end of each month. The deadline is the 28th of each month. Submissions are welcome from anyone involved with Wikipedia/Wikimedia and education. Click the edit tab at the top of this page to add your news. Concerned about your English or your writing skills? We can write your article for you! Click here for help.. If you have any questions or need help with the newsletter editing, please reach out to Samir Elsharbaty at selsharbaty﹫wikimedia.org. Thank you for contributing to This Month In Education. :)


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Swedish Wikimini 1 year anniversary[edit]

Wikiminauts at Vallhamra school showing off their Wikipedia T-shirts.

By Sara Mörtsell (Wikimedia Sweden)

Snippet: School children instruct their younger peers on how to edit Wikimini.

Swedish Wikimini celebrated its first anniversary in October and has since launching seen 1340 accounts being created on the site, specifically targeting students aged 7-13. One of the contributing schools is Vallhamra outside of Gothenburg where teachers in March 2014 jointly assigned their group of 100 students to create and extend articles on organs of the human body. In October, this team of experienced teachers and Wikiminauts did a follow up on their previous project as all students instructed their two year younger peers on how to edit Wikimini, to mark the learning and sharing culture of Wikimini and free knowledge sharing.

Read more about this event and the teacher's story in this blogpost (in Swedish).

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Sweden here.


Open Badges in the Education Program in Sweden[edit]

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By Sara Mörtsell (Wikimedia Sweden)

Snippet: Issuing open badges to recognize Wikipedia skills of educators in Sweden.

As 2014 is nearing to its end, Wikimedia Sweden started issuing Open Badges as a digital certificate to recognize educator achievements with successfully integrating Wikipedia in their curriculum. So far, six educators have been awarded the badge "Wikipediapedagog 2014". Taking steps from the design to actual issuing has raised some well needed technical issues, that we need to consider for future implementation as we also plan to issue this type of credentials for students.

[Read more about this project on Wikimedia Foundation blog.]

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Sweden here.

Wikipedia Education Program Celebration in Uruguay[edit]

An activity of Wikipedia Education Program in The IPA
from left to right , Melody Garcia, Maycol Perez, Roxana Sordo, Mercedes Villalba and Fernando da Rosa

By Fernando da Rosa (Wikimedia UY)

Snippet: Wikipedia Education Program in Uruguay celebrates the end of their first successful term

In November 10th, 2014, the closing celebration of the first edition of Wikipedia Education Program in Uruguay took place. The program has been active for two years now, and was organized in collaboration with the Centro CEIBAL (Conectividad Educativa Básica para el Aprendizaje en Línea, in English: Educational Connectivity/Basic Computing for Online Learning), an organization representing the particular Uruguayan version of the OLPC Project, and the CFE (Consejo de Formación en Educación, in English: Education Training Council), a public organization responsible for the formation and training of secondary education (both academic and technical), as well as primary education teachers in Uruguay. The mentioned organization currently has 2,671 teachers and 20,391 students. Throughout the two-year program it was able to develop and was counted with the involvement of 32 CFE dependent institutions across the country.

Participation in the workshops was voluntary, and complimentary to curricular activities, so motivation for CFE students and teachers to take part in the project was one of the main points to consider. The project was drawn up and headed by Prof. Fernando da Rosa.

Four educators prepared the live workshops that were done with remote assistance. 1676 attended them, of which 910 created an account on the Spanish Wikipedia. After processing the users accounts using Wikimetrics, we collected the following numbers: 899 articles, and 29.960 edits, all in the article name space of the Spanish Wikipedia. It’s important to note that one of the motivating elements was giving course completion certificates, which more than 244 of the participants obtained. To get the mentioned certificate, we applied two conditions beside participating in all of the project’s activities; participants must create at least one article in the Spanish Wikipedia, to be approved by the teacher, and at least 50 edits. It’s of significance that there are many students and teachers made over 200 edits, and created three or four new articles, the best case of a student was someone who have created over 163 new articles and made 1744 edits. This is notable.

Now, our main concern is monitoring and following up with the students and teachers involved with the project, as well as maintaining its sustainability. To achieve this, a new edition of the project is being drawn up, reformulated to include what’s been learned since the project was first planned two years ago.

To conclude, it’s notable to mention that the closing celebration of the project lasted almost a whole working day, had over 100 guests including teachers and students of the program attended, and was held at the IPA (Instituto de Profesores Artigas, Teachers Institute Artigas), in Montevideo. Among the speakers present were Prof. Laura Motta (member of the CFE council), Eng. MSc. Fiorella Haim (Assistant Director at the Centro Ceibal), and lectures by Prof. Fernando da Rosa, Mgr. Melina Massnata, & Prof. Patricio Lorente. After the conference, four workshops were carried out simultaneously, deepening the knowledge in the use of Wikipedia as an educational tool, with lectures by educators involved during the whole project, Mgr. Prof. Roxana Sordo, Prof. Melody García, Prof. Maycol Perez & Ms. Mercedes Villalba.

Watch the lecture of Prof. Fernando Da Rosa at the event.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Uruguay here.

Wikimedia UK processing EduWiki 2014[edit]

Some of the attendees at the EduWiki 2014 Conference in Edinburgh

By Toni Sant (Wikimedia UK - Education Organiser)

Snippet: Wikimedia UK held its 3rd EduWiki Conference in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh on Friday 31 October 2014.

Following the 3rd successful round of EduWiki Conference in UK, EduWiki 2014, we are happy to share the following facts and numbers:

80 people registered for this one-day event.
61 registered delegates attended (51 male / 17 female)
23 delegates work in educational institutions in the UK (have email addresses ending in ac.uk)
15 students from the University of Stirling registered to attend; 10 showed up.
15 members of the Wikipedia Education Collaborative were present for at least part of the event
12 delegates declared their Wikipedia/Wikimedia username at registration.
Non-UK delegates traveled from 9 countries: Armenia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Israel, Serbia, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, USA.

Feedback from participants is being gathered and this will be circulated in time for the next edition of this Education Newsletter in January. CETIS Assistant Director Lorna M Campbell wrote an informative review of the event too.

Further details about the 2014 EduWiki Conference can be seen on the event page on Wikimedia UK.

Read more about EduWiki Conference and see more photos from EduWiki 2014 on Wikimedia Commons.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in the United Kingdom here.

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Piotr Konieczny's essay named a 2014 Claude winner by Contexts[edit]

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Piotr Konieczny's essay "Rethinking Wikipedia for the Classroom" was named by contexts magazine as one of its best contributions on pedagogies winning one of the 2014 Claude Awards. The Claudes Award aims at recognizing the best contributions to the magazine during the last three-year editorship. Pioter is one of the most acive users on Wikipedia who has been editing it since 2003. He has developed 22 featured articles, 52 good articles and many others of high quality contributions. Read Piotr's essay here and see a list of the winning works on Context.

Wikipedia's Gender Problem Gets a Closer Look[edit]

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Livescience investigates the reasons behind the gender gap on Wikipedia, the male oriented community on the internet in general, and the efforts made by the Wikimedia Foundation and individual volunteers to help increase gender diversity on Wikipedia. The article displays examples of these efforts such as women-related edit-a-thons held, Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt with the high percentage of female students there, and researchers around the world who are interested in studying this issue on Wikipedia. Read the full article here.