Education/Newsletter/June 2014/Articles of interest in other publications
Wikipedia pops up in bibliographies, and even college curricula
This article in the Los Angeles Times reviews the inroads that Wikipedia is making in academia, especially as a platform for student participation in content creation. It contains the experiences and quotes from students and professors as well as representatives of the Wiki Education Program (the U.S./Canada organization) as well as the Wikipedian-in-residence of the University of California, Berkeley, Kevin Gorman. Read the full article here
Israeli public schools integrate Wikipedia into their curriculum
- Israel's Ministry of Education and Wikimedia Israel agree in new unique initiative - Article in the Wikimedia Foundation blog
- Education Ministry and Wikipedia collaborate to write content for the internet site - Article in the Jerusalem Post
- Wikipedia Israel: It's a war zone- An interview conducted with WMF Board Chair Jan Bart de Verde on one of the web-based television news channels in Israel. The interview was held in English and was also translated into French.
- New initiative: Teachers will be trained to write Wikipedia - Article in Hebrew from Israel National News
- Coming soon: Israeli teachers will be trained to write Wikipedia entries - Article in Hebrew on the People and Computers website
- Values education: School students write Wikipedia - Article in Hebrew on Israel Hayom
- Public schools to integrate Wikipedia into curriculum - Article in English on Israel Hayom
- Israel Looks to Integrate Wikipedia Into its Curriculum Article in English on the Shalom Life website
Czech Senior Citizens Write Wikipedia
The Czech Wikimedia Chapter is developing a pilot program to engage digitally-literate senior citizens in editing Czech Wikipedia. Their Individual Engagement Grant was funded by the WMF at 160,000 CZK. See details here: New grantees bring fresh perspectives on research, mobile, and community-building. Below are articles about the rising senior citizen program in the Czech Republica, all of them in Czech except for the first one:
- Senior Citizens Write Wikipedia - the Czech Wikimedia project Senior Citizens Write Wikipedia is breaking down barriers to technology to involve society's most experienced members: the elderly.
- Moc fotbalu, málo vědy. České Wikipedii pomůžou studenti i senioři - senior Citizens Write Wikipedia was discussed in an interview with WMCZ's former chairman, Michal Reiter.
- Wikikonference 2013: Pište seminárky na Wikipedii a zapojte vzdělané důchodce - the program was mentioned in Lupa.cz's summary of the Czech WikiConference 2013.
- Senioři píší (a hlavně opravují) Wikipedii - an article about the program on the homepage of the Czech TV website; includes a video interview with project advisor Professor Jan Sokol.
- Tvůrci Wikipedie "The Makers of Wikipedia" - an interview on Czech TV about Wikipedia, includes information about the senior education program.
“Wiki Learning” to be adopted at Mexico’s Tec de Monterrey
Under the name of “Wiki Learning,” the Tec de Monterrey has adopted working with Wikipedia as part of its system-wide efforts in innovation in education. Previously limited mostly to the Global Studies department of the Mexico City campus, this acceptance will allow the idea to spread among the over 30 campuses and other sites related to the Tec. Coverage of this news can be found in the Wikimedia Blog as well as the Tec de Monterrey newsletter “Talento Tec”, The Tec de Monterrey system news portal and the Especialistas news service for media specialists.
Wikipedian editor and academic took on website’s gender gap
Tracy Wholf of The PBS Newshour interviewed professor and Wikipedian Adrianne Wadewitz about Wikipedia's gender gap. This interview was recored just a few weeks before her tragic death in a rock climbing accident and was broadcast with the encouragement of her family. Listen to the interview and read the full transcript on the PBS website.
Sage Ross joins the Wiki Ed as Product Manager, Digital Services
Earlier this month, Sage Ross joined the Wiki Education Foundation as their Product Manager for Digital Services. Sage had previously worked at the Wikimedia Foundation with the Wikipedia Education Program team as an Online Communications contractor. He worked on the course page extension, the online training modules and the education portal on Outreach wiki. We wish Sage all the best going forward at Wiki Ed, but his colleagues at the WMF will really miss him. Read more in WEF's official announcement.