Grants:TPS/Saintfevrier/7th Conference on Informatics in Education
This Wikimedia Participation Support request was funded in the fiscal year 2014-15. A report is available.
I am a Computer Science Teacher in an evening high school for adults and an active Wikipedian. Fellow teacher and Wikipedian Marios Magioladitis and I have co-authored a paper and our submission was accepted for presentation at the 7th Conference on Informatics in Education at the University of Piraeus. The paper discusses how our school projects resulted in significant contributions related to the Greek Ionian Islands region on Commons and Wiktionary. The conference will be attended by a great number of secondary school teachers, many of whom are involved in leading team projects (compulsory in 10th Grade of Greek High School); we expect that our work will illustrate how such projects can offer a richer learning experience to students when they use Wikimedia as a platform.
Goal and expected impact
Although many teachers are aware of Wikipedia editing as a teaching resource, few are aware that Wiktionary and galleries on Commons are equally suitable, or perhaps even more so in adult learner settings; the presentation will help raise awareness. Moreover, the presence of an adult student with me at the presentation will be an excellent opportunity for the participants to gain "first-hand" impressions from the learner's viewpoint, while also being a rewarding experience for the student herself.
- Travel (round trip airfare from Kefalonia to Athens): EURO 150
- Registration: EURO 40
- Participation fee: EURO 20
- Incidentals (public transport etc.): EURO 40
I am writing to endorse this TPS grant application. As the program manager for Wikimedia Education Programs in Greece and surrounding regions, I work with User:Saintfevrier and I am impressed with her efforts.
She has used Wikimedia projects as a teaching and learning tool and has participated in the Wikimedia Education Program since 2007.
She has collaborated with other educators and other Wikimedia Education Program Leaders in Kefalonia, in Greece, and in the wider CEE region.
More information about her program is available at: Outreach:Education/Countries/Greece#Argostoli Evening Gymnasium in Kefalonia.
This user's proposed session (itself a collaboration with another Wikimedian, User:Magioladitis) has been accepted by the conference program committee. You can see it here on p.4 in English. It is the only session at this informatics in education conference which pertains to Wikimedia or adult education, and, as noted, it addresses both subjects.
User:Saintfevrier and User:Magioladitis have co-authored other academic papers about teaching adults with Wikimedia projects and have presented on this subject at other academic conferences. There is good momentum building around this topic in this field, and I believe it is best if that continues. Therefore, I endorse this TPS grant proposal. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 15:48, 28 September 2015 (UTC)