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

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales visits school in Wembley

Jimmy Wales.

A report of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales's visit to a secondary school in Wembley in the United Kingdom to speak to students about the secret of his success (failure) and the impact of technology including Wikipedia in education. Read the full article here.

Wikipedia Emerges as Trusted Internet Source for Ebola Information

Dr. James Heilman

The New York Times reports that in recent years Wikipedia has become a more reliable source for information about timely medical topics like Ebola. Dr. James Heilman, who leads Wikiproject Medicine, explains how volunteers safeguard the most important public health articles. This fall, those volunteers will be joined by fourth-year medical students at the University of California, San Francisco, who will help develop articles about infectious diseases. Read the full article here.

Wikipedia, a Professor's Best Friend


In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Polish Professor Dariusz Jemielniak explains why he encourages his students to edit and develop Wikipedia and why he suggests that academics engage with the site as authors as well. Read the full article here.

Smart-Wikipedia: Promoting further learning


Wikimedia Philippines, the Wikimedia Foundation, and Smart Communications have teamed up to train teachers throughout the country how to use Wikipedia in the classroom as part of their "Tap and Learn: Tablets for Education" program. Read the full article here.

Wikipedia grows up on college campuses


Radio talk show host in California Bruce Maiman writes in the Sacramento Bee talking about how college students are changing how Wikipedia develops. Included are interviews with Diana Strassmann, a Rice University professor and chairwoman of the Wiki Education Foundation, LiAnna Davis, also of the Wiki Education Foundation, and Tighe Flanagan, of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Education Program. Read the full article here.

Get to Know the Wiki Education Foundation


The New Media Consortium reviews the history of the Wiki Education Foundation, their recent contributions to Wikimania London, and their support for classroom projects in the United States and Canada. Read the full article here.

WikiEducation: fear it or love it?


In Education Today, Dr. Nicola Davies explores the value for students learning how to write and edit a Wikipedia article by undertaking the Wikipedia Education Program's 12-week Syllabus in Australia. Read the full article here.