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Welcome to the Newsroom! :) The newsletter is published every three months on the first of March, June, September and December. The deadline for accepting posts is 15 days before the publication date. 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 the Education Newsletter. :)


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Taiwanese students use Spoken Wikipedia as their service learning.[edit]

By Yuwen Lai, Reke Wang, and Shang Kuan Liang-chih (WMTW)

Snippet:46 entries of Spoken Wikipedia has contributed to Chinese Wikipedia by Wikimedia Taiwan's project partnered with National Chiao Tung University

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Hsinchu is a city known for its high-tech industry. World-leading computer brands such as Apple Inc. and Acer all use components designed in Hsinchu Science Park located in the city. To nurture tech and engineering talents, there are several prestigious universities around the area, including, among others. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at NCTU is the latest educational partner of project. In this project, 10 freshmen from the department recorded Featured Articles of Wikipedia, and uploaded the sound files onto Wiki Commons to benefit visually impaired readers of Wikipedia. In the past fifteen years, Chinese Wikipedia has only 44 spoken articles, but within the last 3 months, the students had completed the recording and uploading of 46 articles. Right now, the team led by Dr. Yuwen Lai, the professor who initiated this collaborative project, is also advising a graduate student from Indonesia to follow the same recording protocol for Spoken Wikipedia project in Bahasa Indonesia.

The text was copied from East and SouthEast Asia Newsletter, Jan, 16, 2016.

Czech education program turns professional with a new education manager[edit]

By Vojtěch Dostál (Wikimedia Czech Republic)

Snippet: Gabriela Boková becomes the new education manager of Wikimedia Czech Republic, responsible for university education program and courses for seniors.

Wikimedia Czech Republic has selected Gabriela Boková to lead the professionalization of the Czech education program in 2016 (see official blog post in Czech). The sustainability of the volunteer-led management was untenable after we have gradually started collaboration with dozens of Czech professors teaching with Wikipedia and also recruited more than 100 Czech seniors to start contributing to Wikipedia. This does not mean that volunteers will be out of the process - on the contrary, they will be vital in guiding the new employee, passing experience and helping to lead Wikipedia courses in class. However, the manager will take over the leadership, administrative work, reporting and, increasingly, also strategic planning and project development. Awakening the small pool of potential tutors of Wikipedia will be one of her top-priority goals.

Gabriela has significant experience in project management and community management in both companies and NGOs, including education projects. She started the Youth for You(th) festival in Brno in 2011, volunteered for YMCA Brno and TEDx Prague and worked for Impact Hub as a community manager. We value her project management skills and hope she will enjoy the diverse and enthusiastic, yet a bit chaotic, Wikimedia community and become its part.

The writer of this post is happy to announce that Gabriela will hopefully also take over the regular contributions to this newsletter and this post thus may be his last for some time :-). However, he remains fully involved in planning the future of the education program and will do his best to transfer his experience to the international community.

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Wikipedia Workshop for Students of Fountain University[edit]

By Olatunde Isaac (Wikimedia User Group Nigeria)

Snippet: A 2-days Wikipedia workshop was organized for students of Fountain University, Osun State, Nigeria by the Education team in Nigeria on 16 January 2016 and 28 January 2016. See

Introduction

On 16 January 2016, the Education team in Nigeria led by Olatunde Isaac organized a 2-days workshop for students of Fountain University as part of the celebration of Wikipedia 15 years anniversary. The purpose of this workshop is to acquaint the students with the overall scope of Wikipedia, its policies and practices. The overall aim of the workshop is to increase the number of editors from Nigeria and to establish a strong relationship between the institution and the Wikimedia Foundation and the Education team. The first workshop was held on 16 January 2016 at the University main campus and the second workshop was held on 28 January 2016 in the same venue.

Result[edit]

Over 20 students participated in the workshop and six experienced Wikimedians where present including Olaniyan Olushola, the team lead of Wikimedia User Group Nigeria. The workshop was a success and the Vice-chancellor of the University describe the pilot as "a step towards increasing the number of subject-specific contributors". About 8 participants of the workshop are now active editors of the English Wikipedia. We are likely to record a higher number after they finish their second semester examination. Also the Head of the Department of Computer, Dr. Abdul Jaleel Shittu an Associate Professor of Computer science is now an active member of the Education team here in Nigeria.

Educational hackathon about digital sources, big data and Wikipedia[edit]

By Melina Masnatta (WMAR)

Snippet: A four-hour educational hackathon where educators and experts designed activities to work over big data, digital sources and wikipedia in the classroom.

Introduction

During november 2015 we conducted an educational hackathon aimed at teaching concerning the purpose of generating creative educational proposals on Big Data and Internet resources in educational settings. Taking advantage about an digital art was shown in an interactive museum it gave the opportunity to made an original way of working based on prototyping and design thinking, the proposal was designed by four leading institutions in Argentina, included Wikimedia Argentina. In the event, Wikipedia was an ideal place to analyze and provide collective knowledge for construction case. With new results, where opportunities for training, inspiration and creation were combined.

Educational Hackathon to use Wikipedia as a resource in the classroom.

The use of data and sources on education

When we use Internet in educational spaces it is usually to access information, but how do we know if the source is reliable? Do we know how to distinguish what is a verifiable fact that not? Do we distinguish valid data from another not? Do we distinguish a valid source from one that is not? many questions come to us and only one answer: teachers must have tools to guide the strategic use of the various sources, make good use of the data and read and edit Wikipedia.

With these ideas three leading institutions in Argentina came together to develop a unique experience: A hackathon Educational called the "teaching creaton" in order that teachers and leaders in technology and education became transformed into designers of educational proposals to resolve these questions.

For the organization we met: FLACSO PENT, with 12 years of experience in teacher training in innovation;in particular the Department of Education who specializes in teaching data and sources. Share with Wikimedia Argentina´s Education Program the concern to create spaces for promote the critical participation in the public debate and agenda to check and critical use of Wikipedia as educational source, to strengthen the quality and banish prejudice and misuse in educational environments.

The third institution was Chequeado.com a non-profit organization which focus is in fact check of politics speeches.

The experience was supported by Telefonica Foundation, interested in promoting linking between art, technology and education was conducting the sample Big Bang Data organized jointly with the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, ​​a favorable space to develop this unprecedented event in the country.

A valuable instance was that four institutions to join forces, intentions and purposes to be positioned in an innovation agenda in education: from the subject, to the methodology.

Convocatory and principal actors

The event was free and launched his call and a few hours there were more than 400 registrants from all latitudes, which validated the interest in the topic and the proposal. It was designed for an attendance capacity of 70 participants to ensure a dynamic and committed exchange between colleagues. Profiles are thought educators were linked to technology and can then be spokespersons and replicate the experience in their communities.

The event also had a non-traditional instance, which was filmed by streaming a few moments to share the experience with all those colleagues from other latitudes. Also, different working tables participants have been linked remotely, making contributions and participating exchange group. This also gave the characteristic of hybrid event, with attendance and other online participants in the working groups, coordinated by graduates of FLACSO PENT.

"Our challenge was to create an educational event design articulated different times, he was agile and dynamic for the participants, but also enable the joint creation. To do this, we combine strategies: inspiring presentations, an exhibition that opened the game to new thoughts and themes accompanying tables graduates experts , specially trained for this role, with a clear dynamic, planned and supported by various technological environments that they enabled online work and collaborative" (Mónica Trech, PENT FLACSO´s coordinator)

Step by step for a challenging schedule

Co-working moment in the Educational Hackathon.

Design and develop an educational hackathon is not easy: we had only 4 hours and clear objectives to which we all three teams. He finally had the following activities:

After the welcome, 2 challenging and motivational talks were conducted by Chequeado.com and Wikimedia Argentina, whose aim was to stage some issues: From WMAR we address how the architecture of an article (showing discussions and records ), because Wikipedia is not it is a primary source, how to access reliable sources from the references and how encouraged to edit . Checked by tells the coordinator of education:

"From Chequeado.com We believe that one of the main problems for a qualified participation in the public debate, dialogue is what matters to us all, it is able to distinguish what is fact or verifiable fact and is bias or opinion. To do this it is important to know what is a fact , how it can be verified and how to differentiate the possible sources to reach a robust conclusion. During the educational hackathon held a workshop to give some clues about how to work with data and sources in the classroom from including multimedia resources and transmedia we have developed . We also show the public speech activity, a love story , an activity for teachers , wherever they are to work these concepts from a short fiction and use social networks with their students. "(Ariel Merpert , Chequeado.com´s Education Program Coordinator)

To continue the journey, there was a brief explanation of the sample and a visit with the specialists of the Foundation Telefónica, considering the visualization and representation of information on issues of Big Data as an artistic and potential activism in the digital era, which brings new ways to understand and to be on the Internet. So, How the space of co-creation begin? the following questions after touring the shows were presented on the screen:

1 - Is everything possible to be check? What data can be checked and how?

2 - Danger: copy / paste in sight. How to pass the copy and paste to investigate Wikipedia and learn in the process.

3 - NASA or fulano.com? How to determine whether a source is reliable?

4 - What is Big Data? How to analyze and leverage information that is generated in the cloud without realizing it. How to cross data from different categories and learn from your analysis.

5 - How can we make from the classroom to promote active digital citizenship?

6 - Our productions on the web: teaching good practices related to the data: use certain information, verified sources, etc.

Participants had to choose one and thus teams were organized by interest groups. As a basis hackathon format, these questions became problems to address, they were guiding the creation of educational proposals based design thinking, prototyping and using technology as sources.

The hybrid experience and co-creation moment

The stage of production and creation was coordinated by 9 members of Network Graduates of FLACSO PENT, a community of practice that works collaboratively problems that make the field of education and new technologies.

"From the PENT FLACSO, we generate a training workshop attending classes to work on building the role of coordinator table identifying its functions as it would be a key figure in the educational device. Explore online applications to be used in the Didactic Creaton, as well as we focus on different tasks that should meet the coordinators : Streamline desk, articulate physical participation with remote participants , working in the hybridization of experience, accompany and guide the production process and finally systematize the work of the group in order to post them online. " (Monica Trech and Corina Rogovsky, PENT FLACSO´s coordinators)

In this way, it has been key choosing a digital tool that allows layout and discuss ideas, share and discuss the proposals and interact online with remote participants. Thus, teachers and specialists will co-designed nine proposals guides pedagogical work, in many cases, Wikipedia was the gateway .

They are now available online: Creaton dashboard

Results

The event was planned as a forum for open participation. From the beginning the use of the social network twitter with the hashtag #creaton, which amounted to be trend topic in Buenos Aires was proposed. Unusual when it comes to education. This was one of the different platforms (such as Periscope ) used to transmit and to continue the event, which helped to publicize and position the actions of institutions, etc. as spaces of reference.

Participants were not only part of a unique experience in construction with others, but obtained a certification of attendance to his name, met new colleagues with which to create more powerful ideas for education and lived in the first person other forms of learning and teach.

After the event a survey among several findings, the perception of the use of Wikipedia in the classroom improved for participants, representing some of the sentences are carried out :

"I learned about all the scaffolding that supports Wikipedia and gave me idea of ​​the possibilities in the classroom. " (Teacher participant)

"Knowing the tools for editing and discussion are very valuable for our students to be critical and builders of their own knowledge. " (Teacher participant)

Read more about the educational hackathon:

Egyptian Wikimedians celebrate the seventh conference of WEP[edit]

By Walaa Abdel Manaem (Wikipedia Education Program Egypt) & (Egypt Wikimedians User Group)

Snippet: Egyptian students have celebrated the end of their 7th term on Wikipedia which witnessed their highest contributions ever in spring and summer 2015!

Egyptian Wikimedians have celebrated the end of the 7th term of WEP in Cairo, Ain Shams and El Azhar Universities. The seventh celebration conference was held in Conference Center at Cairo University. In this term, students achieved great success during spring and summer 2015 and added their highest contributions ever to Wikipedia since 2012 when the program had its first inception there. More than 15 million bytes were added and 1930 new articles were created and edited by students of 5 classes in 3 universities. The Egyptian Education Program continues its efforts to increase gender diversity on Wikipedia by encouraging more female students to join. 89.91% of the students who participated last term were female.

Over seven consecutive terms, Egyptian students have added massive amounts of content to Wikipedia that now accounts for 3% of the whole Arabic encyclopedia. This content also increases article quality with a growing number of featured and good articles that represent approximately 12.80% of the featured articles; 7.71% of good articles; 3.89% featured portals; 3.27% of featured lists of the Arabic Wikipedia. See all statistics of the WEP in Egypt here. Volunteers run and develop the Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt and successfully guide new contributors from one term to the next. The Wikipedia Education Program has overcome many challenges and continues to expand to new courses and universities.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt here.

Education Program Historic Data Campaign[edit]

By Anna Koval (Wikimedia Foundation)

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