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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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Rachidia students celebrate 80 years of love and art by editing Wikipedia[edit]

By Emna Mizouni (Wikimedia TN User Group) and Samir Elsharbaty (WMF)


Snippet: Students of The Rachidia Music institute celebrate its 80th anniversary by editing articles about it on Wikipedia.

Al-Rachidia is one of the oldest music institutes in Tunisia and the Arab World. In May, the institute celebrated its 80th anniversary in a large event that lasted for 11 days between May 21 and 31. Celebration included musical events, social events and a Wikipedia editathon! Wikimedia TN User Group collaborated with Carthagina, an NGO that aims to keeping history on organizing this event.

The editathon was divided into two workshops, the first one for translating and publishing articles on Wikipedia. This session was led by Yassine Eltounsy. And the second one, which was led by Wael Gabara, was dedicated for editing articles based on research. Participants spent their day editing, listening to music, eating freshly baked Makroudh Keirouan and enjoying the special cultural atmosphere. Students in Rachidia consider Wikipedia a means of self-expression using technology in a free space.

The editing session resulted in creating new articles about The Rachidia on Wikipedia in different languages as well as developing the existing ones. Other Wikipedia articles about prominent Tunisian musicians such as Khamis Ternan, Fethi Zghonda, Chafia Rochdi and many other articles have been edited during the event.

Read more about Wikipedia Education Program in Tunisia.

Five new classes begin experimenting with Wikipedia[edit]

By Leigh Thelmadatter (Wiki Learning)

Snippet: March edit-a-thon encourages the use of Wikipedia in new classes at Tec de Monterrey

Until this semester, all of the students participating in projects with Wikipedia/Wikimedia at Tec de Monterrey have been related to the School of Humanities (university level) at the Mexico City campus. Partially as a result of the massive edit-a-thon sponsored by the Tec de Monterrey last March (see Blog article here), five classes decided to pilot working with Wikipedia. Four are from the Mexico City Campus preparatory (high school) division: Biochemistry, taught by Tanya PT ([1]), Challenges in contemporary society; taught by Clamaresan ([2]); and Introduction to administration and finances ([3]) and 21st century financial scene taught by InFranco ([4]). All four of these classes are “topics” classes, meaning they are first-year university-level courses taught at the preparatory, to give students a head start. These classes have been further encouraged to work with Wikipedia through the efforts of the director of the topics program, Ldelagarzag, who has been an active Wikipedian, contributing content on her own topics of interest. The fifth class to start working with Wikipedia is a university French (I) class at the State of Mexico Campus, taught by Jocelyne Perreard ([5]), who did an excellent job in documenting her students’ participation. Jocelyne became involved through the edit-a-thon, and has since been pivotal in promoting Wikipedia on the State of Mexico Campus.

Tallies include six articles created or expanded in Spanish Wikipedia through translation from French, six articles created in Spanish Wikipedia through translation from English and 17 articles expanded in Spanish Wikipedia with new information. The last project was to take information that the students had researched about companies over the semester in the two finance/administration classes and use it to improve existing Wikipedia articles. In addition, 33 photos were uploaded by the Biochemistry classes related to their laboratory work ([6]) and another 23 were uploaded by the Challenges in contemporary society class. Originally both the Biochemistry and Challenges classes were only going to do photo uploads, but the enthusiasm for Wikipedia generated by that activity created the desire to try their hand at some article translation as well.

Student feedback from the activities was mostly quite positive, with the greatest effect on students being motivation, the idea of creating something what was theirs and would be seen possibly all over the world. Teachers reported the interaction with Wikipedia and with each other during the activities to be dynamic, with Clamaresan noting that it “demystified” Wikipedia for the students. While most knew anyone could contribute, the constant admonition against Wikipedia in previous classes countered just about any inclinations to participate. One last motivating factor was they appreciated the need to have information available in Spanish, and they were now empowered to do something about it. Two teachers from the preparatory have already committed to working with Wikipedia again in the fall, and have already started considering how to more fully integrate these activities with coursework.

Editathon for young students to edit articles about their school[edit]

By Giselle Bordoy (WM AR) and Samir Elsharbaty (WMF)

Snippet: Young students at La Plata, Argentina attend an editathon to write Wikipedia articles about the history of their school.

Wikimedia Argentina, Rafael Hernandez National College and the University of La Plata had the first initiative to organize an editathon for young school students. The Hernandez students of fourteen and fifteen years old met at their school which hosted the event on May 11 and 12, 2015. In two days the event was attended by around 120 students who enjoyed exploring the heritage of their school, finding sources and updating Wikipedia entries about it.

The history of Rafael Hernandez National college dates back to late nineteenth century when the city of La Plata was established as the school started as a boys-only school. One of the main reasons for holding this event was to get young students introduced to the history of the institution in which they study, and share what they learn with the world via Wikipedia. When students searched their school archives they were able to make great discoveries. Students made a list of students who disappeared during the last military dictatorship. They also found that their school had an anthem.

Students and organizers enjoyed the day they spent expressing their love to the school and being able to share this love with the world using Wikipedia which will be helpful for anyone looking for information about the school and the history of La Plata.

Wikimedia Argentina always tried to connect the education programs goals with the goals of GLAM projects. Taking the archives to the classroom improve the development of the work carried out by the students and empower them in their local contexts

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Argentina here.

In Mexico, Maria enjoys editing Wikipedia as her community service[edit]

Summary by Leigh Thelmadatter (Wiki Learning)

Maria works at the university laboratory

Snippet: Maria writes about her social service that turned into a pleasant editing experience.

By law, Mexican university students are required to complete a certain number of community service hours before they can graduate. This requirement is called servicio social, and its purpose is to give students the opportunity to take the skills and knowledge from their classes and give back to the community. Since 2014, one of the options to complete servicio social hours is creating content on Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia and its sister websites) through the Wikimedia affiliate Wiki Learning at Mexico’s private institution the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Maria is a biotechnology student at this university. She contributed to Wikipedia for two semesters with much enthusiasm. One reason is that she shares the ideals of the free and open knowledge movement, as she considers education a public utility that should be accessible to everyone. Mexico is not a rich country and quality education is scarce. This makes online, freely available information extremely important. Most of Maria's work has been translating biology and medical articles from English to Spanish, so that those who do not have my English reading ability can also access the information. This also correlates to the objective of servicio social, which is to create a link between students and their social environment, which today is as much global as it is national.

Read the full post on the Wikimedia Foundation blog.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program at Tec de Monterrey here.

Chinese students commemorate deceased philanthropist Run Run Shaw[edit]

By Addis Wang (Wikimedia User Group China) and Anna Koval (WMF)

Snippet: Chinese students honor deceased philanthropist in a photo campaign.

Wikimedia User Group China organized a photo campaign to honor the memory of deceased philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw and used the opportunity to teach a new generation of young people about his legacy. The participants were Chinese students -- mostly university level but also some from secondary schools. They photographed monuments -- some of the 6,013 schools and university buildings, public hospitals, and public theaters that Shaw donated during his lifetime.[1]

Run Run Shaw was, by all accounts, a great man. He was an advocate for and financial sponsor of both education and the arts.[2] Called "a colorful media mogul" by the New York Times, Shaw's name was synonymous with action movies and horror films, especially of the kung fu genre, which is is widely credited with inventing.[3] He used his influence and his ample wealth to better his world, his homeland, and his people. He was a very generous philanthropist. According to China News, he donated over 4.7 billion Hong Kong dollars to education.[1] Shaw passed away at the age of 106 last year.

The photo campaign ran for one month from 13 January through 15 February 2014. It was an online event only. It was the intention of the organizers to make this campaign a contest with prizes. However, because of limitations on volunteer time and capacity, it was not possible to do that this year. Nevertheless, the contributions were impressive! 81 participants from 24 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative regions uploaded 293 high quality photos to Wikimedia Commons. The photos can be seen at Commons:Category:Shaw Memory Campaign.

This small sized photo campaign was easy to organize. And it was effective at recruiting new content contributors. Wikimedia User Group China plans to do other similar projects like this one in the future.

Read more about the photo campaign on Chinese Wikipedia here.

View the students' photos on Wikimedia Commons here.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in China here.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 "教育界缅怀邵逸夫 全国共建逸夫楼6013个." China News. 21 February 2015. <http://www.chinanews.com/edu/2014/02-21/5868599.shtml>.
  2. "Run Run Shaw." Wikipedia. 2015. <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Run_Run_Shaw&oldid=660858931>.
  3. "Run Run Shaw, Chinese-Movie Giant of the Kung Fu Genre, Dies at 106." New York Times. 6 January 2014.<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/movies/run-run-shaw-movie-mogul-seen-as-creator-of-kung-fu-genre-dies-at-106.html?_r=1>.

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