Wikipedia Education Program/News/15 May 2012
Come to an Education Meet-Up at Wikimania 2012!
Are you going to Wikimania? Come to an Education Meet-Up! Anyone from any country in the world is welcome to join -- Ambassadors, professors, students, program organizers, people interested in starting a program in any country worldwide, etc. We'll even provide T-shirts and some food! Here's where we need some input: when would be a good time for the meet-up, and what kinds of activities would you like to do at the meet-up? Please fill out this Google Form if you're interested in connecting with other volunteers interested in education around the world at Wikimania!
Students in Mexico use Wikipedia for IB requirements
Seven students at ITESM-CCM in Mexico are part of a pilot program led by Wikipedian Leigh Thelmadatter to use Wikipedia editing to fulfill the community service requirements of their International Baccalaureate diplomas. The students needed to put in 80 hours of community service, which they did first through English-to-Spanish translations, then with creating articles on their own. Students also worked at an edit-a-thon at the the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City. Learn more about the project on the Wikimedia Foundation blog.
Cairo outreach event encourages students to edit
Campus Ambassadors in Cairo, Egypt, led an outreach event on May 2 to encourage students to edit the Arabic Wikipedia. Ambassadors and students from the British Engineering Institution in Egypt taught Cairo University engineering students to contribute to engineering-related articles. Students who are participating in the Cairo Pilot joined the event as well. See more about the event, including some photos.
Working Group members announced, Kick-Off meeting in July
Seven Wikipedia Ambassadors and seven academics who have used Wikipedia in their classrooms have been announced as members of the Working Group for the U.S. and Canada Education Programs. These 14 people, along with Wikimedia Foundation staff, will meet July 16–17, 2012, in Washington, D.C., to determine the new structure that will lead the programs after spring 2013. See more information and the list of Working Group members.