Education/Newsletter/June 2014/Articles of interest in other publications

Wikipedia pops up in bibliographies, and even college curricula

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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

Jan-Bart de Vreede, Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, and Rabbi Shai Piron, Israel's Education Minister

Czech Senior Citizens Write Wikipedia

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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:

“Wiki Learning” to be adopted at Mexico’s Tec de Monterrey

Wiki Learning leaders (L-R) Lourdes Epstein, Leigh Thelmadatter and Paola Ricaurte

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

Wikipedian and academic Adrianne Wadewitz

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

Sage Ross joins the Wiki Education Foundation

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.