Wikipedia in Kosova schools?

This thing has been on my mind for a long time as the solution to the often left behind sq.Wikipedia.

The best way to spread it is to put it in schools and make students contribute.

It would be a great project to have – let’s say – every 9-13th grade student in Kosova create a Wikipedia article on a topic of their choice.

Overall, this would teach research, writing skills and usage of a collaboration platform that may well be part of the workplace in the future. All three skills need remedial work in Kosova.

Every student would write an article of 500-1000 words and team up with others to revise each other’s articles.

I know our friend Millosh had great success with something like this with the Philosophy Faculty students working on articles in their field, making it (Millosh’s claim) this part of sr.Wikipedia the best covered category even when compared with the major languages.

In Macedonia we heard that language students are being asked to translate articles as part of their coursework, a great way to be productive along the way instead of throwing away the results. And other volunteer students are being asked to write articles on assigned topics — the wrong way to go about it.

So now the plan is to do a project proposal, do a trial run with an understanding teacher and then convince the enlightened Minister of Education to put it in school programs.

Any takers?

3 thoughts on “Wikipedia in Kosova schools?

  1. Owen says:

    Have I relocated you?

    Whatever they do, these kids should not have the same nightmare experience at sq.Wikipedia that contriutors have at en.Wikipedia. You don’t want to turn them off education forever!

    • Owen, not at all. How’s life? There’s been some movement recently to change that experience at en.Wikipedia as well. Retention of new editors is down to 15% from 40% in 2007. Let’s see how it goes.

      • Owen says:

        Glad to find you well and thriving despite all the obvious perils of aviation on view at your other blog. Wikipedia is a two-edged sword. It’s a brilliant way of engaging with people interested making information accessible and assembling a body of knowledge but all sorts of peculiar and sometimes ill-intentioned people take advantage of the fact that it’s difficult to reconcile ease of access for contributors with consistency and reliability. I’m tilting with someone at the moment about an article about a documentary film that claims to explain who was responsible for the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia (and who was not, of course). They don’t give up. But as long as their teachers know how to help the kids negotiate their way through the problems, it’s actually a very good education in the ways of the world!

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