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Video encourages Wikipedia's use in classrooms

Wikimedia Sweden wanted to create a video about Wikipedia's use in classrooms -- and the result is a fun, creative story. Incorporating characters including the teacher who hates Wikipedia and the star pupil as well as a fun ditty teachers can hum, and starring the incredible Sophie Österberg playing all the roles, the video is sure to be a hit with teachers around the globe. Learn more and watch the video.

Namibia program provides update

Peter Gallert wrote a post for the Wikimedia blog on his efforts to introduce Wikipedia editing to teachers in rural Namibia. Peter, who teaches at Polytechnic of Namibia, offered training to teachers at the Epukiro Post 3 Junior Secondary School in the Omaheke Region of Namibia, and he and the participants created the article about the school on the English Wikipedia. Read more about the work he is doing in Namibia.

New book includes chapter on Wikipedia and education

Professor Lori Britt of James Madison University has participated in the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States since 2011, so she has several terms' worth of experience teaching with Wikipedia. She used that experience to author a chapter on teaching with Wikipedia in a new book, "The Plugged-In Professor," now available from Woodhead Publishing. Lori's chapter is called "Writing for Wikipedia: co-constructing knowledge and writing for a public audience". Read more or order the book.