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Introduce Wikipedia editing to high school students as an introduction to digital communities, publishing, peer review, and creation of new ideas.
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What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

Digital content creation is no stranger to high school students, but creating content which is impersonal, reliable, and "of value" is intimidating. This should be part of the Inspire campaign despite not focusing solely on women because becoming familiarized with HTML-like markup, showing value in an individual's contributions, becoming a member of a global community, and collaborating outside of an individual's classroom can help us move towards equality across all genders, faiths, cultures, and socioeconomic classes.

What is your solution?[edit]

Reach out to middle and high school teachers with videos and sample lessons (detailing the standards which would be fulfilled) wherein rather than writing a referenced report on a subject, students would created and publish a unique article on Wikipedia. Presumably, students would be initially interested in creating articles on themselves, their neighborhood, or their school, so teachers would need to be careful to instruct them away from these topics. This effort would bring in potentially millions of new editors, would demystify Wikipedia editing, online forums, and even help many students approach programming. Better yet, it would bring in female editors without pushing males away, and set the stage for a more balanced future.


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  • The idea is interesting. I would like to hear more about how to make sure that more female than male students will feel convinced to continue contributing after their course is over. If this cannot be assured, maybe the idea should be posted in the general IdeaLab section and not within Inspire Campaign. --C.Koltzenburg (talk) 20:09, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

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