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Publicity

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Martin Poulter <[log in to unmask]>

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Wikipedia Interest Group for UK education <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 21 May 2012 17:58:15 +0100

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Hello all and thanks for signing up.

I have been emailing a lot behind the scenes about September's EduWiki 
conference. It is looking like we'll have international involvement, 
various different ways in which Wikimedia projects and wikis are being 
used for education, and a session or strand on schools. The booking 
forms will go online at any moment. If you book but subsequently 
give a presentation or run a session, your conference fee will be 
refunded.

Jimmy Wales is not likely to be available for the conference, for 
understandable  reasons which I'm not sure if I can make public. He's 
supportive of the project, though, and I hope to get a supportive quote 
that we can use in publicity.

Speaking of publicity, there are two areas where I could do with your 
help. Firstly, I'm looking for recommendations for events and 
conferences at which we can publicise EduWiki, for example by sending 
some flyers.

I have been working on leaflets about Wikimedia for scientists and 
for arts and humanities academics. These will be printed in time for the
conference and I've been thinking of doing a third one, for educators,
based on the education strategy which is still in progress.

So from the participants here who are educators, I'd like to know; what
is the main point that encouraged you to consider working with
Wikipedia, or in fact to sign up to this list?
Was it the idea of Wikimedia projects being free and open? The
information literacy/ critical thinking angle? Giving learners an
experience of publication? Wikipedia as a way to teach good scholarly
habits such as neutrality and reliable sourcing?

Answers welcome at 
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_for_Educators
or, if you're reluctant to lose your wiki-virginity, in email.

-- 
Dr Martin L Poulter
ICT Manager, The Economics Network    http://economicsnetwork.ac.uk/
Wikipedia contributor                 http://enwp.org/User:MartinPoulter
Volunteer, Wikimedia UK               http://uk.wikimedia.org/

EduWiki Conference, 5-6 September 2012, University of Leicester
http://bit.ly/eduwiki

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