Learning patterns/How to make an Educational Editathon without a good Internet's connectivity
What problem does this solve?
In Argentina we perform many activities in provinces outside the main cities, where the Internet is an issue. Usually, we conduct a survey in advance to find out the technical situation of the town, its technological resources, etc. Knowing the state of the situation in advance, make us able to foresee the obstacles and drawbacks. Not only because they can carry their own devices (in many cases with 3g or 4g Internet connectivity), but because of the activities you may propose can be addressed differently.
What is the solution?
In October 2015 we made an educational editathon for more than 1,000 students in a province of Argentina. The Internet connection could not bear such amount of users online. For two months we worked with local teams to train students in Wikipedia, not just to teach them how to edit but to improve their role as researchers and knowdledge builders. All the students previously created their own wikipedia users and performed their draft papers on local history; per example they took pictures of their local contexts or collected material for scanning and digitizing. The day of edith-a-ton several work stations performed different activities that do not require full connectivity, but that make the upload of new articles that have been worked in advance, possible. This kind of events are the begining, then the leaders (already Wikiambassadors) encourage the students to continue editing and enriching their articles. In our experience in Misiones they even opened an educational webpage to follow the ongoing activities after the event. Not all the learning in the education field requires full internet connectivity. With an appropiate strategy and the teachers and students (Wikiambassadors) in your side, many work can be done in advance and other values, as building knowledge collaboratively, can be stablished in educational enviroments.
Things to consider
When to use
When you are going to prepare an education activity with lack of Internet's connectivity.
- En muchas comunidades alejada de los centros económicos la conectividad es pobre, por lo mismo el uso de Wikipedia no es tan extendido. Fomentar con estos proyectos la contribución y ampliar el alcance se me hace una excelente idea. petrohs (gracias) 19:53, 22 December 2015 (UTC)
- X O x v x 220.127.116.11 20:46, 7 July 2016 (UTC)