Teachers’ Wikiseminar in Tsakhkadzor
On May 25-30, 2018, Wikimedia Armenia organized the seventh Wikiseminar for teachers from different regions of Armenia within the frames of the Wikipedia Education program. Unlike the previous seminars, the teachers from Yerevan were also able to participate in the training. This change was made based on Wikimedia Armenia’s annual plan with the aim to expand the Education program in more Yerevan schools. WMAM received 120 applications out of which 43 participants were selected to attend the training. Similar to the previous training, the active editor-teachers expressed willingness to assist and mentor the newbies in making their first steps on Wikipedia. To make the learning easier and more comprehensive the participants were divided into seven groups. Each group had its experienced mentor who assisted the teachers throughout the editing process. As a result, the participants created 203 articles.
At the seminar the participants also participated in different discussions on how to use Wikipedia in the school curriculum, the ways of involving their students in the Wikipedia Education program. The experienced wiki teachers hold a small presentation about their WikiClubs which they are running in their schools. Besides wiki related activities, the teachers had an opportunity to visit Orbeli brothers museum in Tsaghkadzor where they learned about Orbeli brothers life and activities.
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Western Armenian training WikiWeek in Armenia
The third WikiWeek was held from 25th till 30th of June, in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia. Training was organized for 18 participants from different countries and professional backgrounds including teachers, journalists, school principals and others interested in the field of Wikipedia. A useful meeting was with academician, pedagogue and writer Hakob Cholakyan who introduced them the methods of teaching students to differentiate the encyclopedic style from non-encyclopedic, how to choose reliable sources, etc.
During the 5 days the participants were introduced all wikiediting tools and learned to create their own articles in Western Armenian. During 5 days they created 67 articles.
In the end of the training the editors stated that Wikipedia is the best way of preserving Western Armenian, they told that when they return to their countries they will collaborate with us.
Meeting at World Vision
Wikimedia Armenia aims at activation of cooperation with various civil society organizations in Armenia to present the idea about the free knowledge, to engage more editors and diversify the quality content. The first attempt in this direction was the meeting on July 3, 2018 with World Vision Armenia Youth program coordinators who work with young people in 6 regions of Armenia through IMPACT and SKYE clubs. This clubs are meant to improve personal, leadership skills of youth, empower them to do volunteerism and find their path in life. After the presentation of Wikimedia movement and Wikimedia projects, we kicked off a discussion on possible cooperation and synergies between two organizations. We have initial plans to include wikimedia classes into IMPACT and SKYE clubs’ classes. We have discussed the possibility of incorating wiki editing in their upcoming camp in August.
WikiCamp for secondary school students
On July 4-13, 2018, Wikimedia Armenia organized the first WikiCamp for 9-14 years old kids in Tzaghkadzor, Armenia. 62 editors applied to participate in the summer WikiCamp. Taking into account applicants’ activity and quality of edits on Wikimedia projects the selection committee granted 44 editors with scholarships. Participants’ geography included Yerevan and other regions of Armenia. This WikiCamp had also paid participants who did not edit any of Wikimedia projects before but paid to participate and learn to edit.
Editing process involved 4 online platforms: Armenian Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource and Vikidia. On Wikisource editors worked and proofread the “Encyclopedia of Armenian Nature”, whereas on Wiktionary edits on linguistic terms were made.
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From July 20-27, 2018 students and young specialists from different universities and organizations of Armenia gathered together in Aghveran to enrich Armenian Wikipedia with quality content. The participants of the Youth WikiCamp were working on 1000 or 10000 vital articles that each Wikipedia should have. To master their editing and media literacy skills Wikimedia Armenia team has prepared wikigames on article structure, encyclopedic style, notability, free and non-free media files, reliable sources. The games helped the participants to deepen their knowledge in wiki literacy through active and engaging way.
During the camp the participants were not only editing on Wikipedia but also participated in a brainstorming session on how to involve new editors and volunteers in the movement. Different intellectual and sport games were also included in the schedule of the camp to make the daily activities of the campers diverse and dynamic.
During the WikiCamp the 32 participants improved or created 30 articles on Armenian Wikipedia.
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"Wiki Loves Yerevan" International Edit-a-thon
This year Yerevan is celebrating its 2800th anniversary. In the frames of the wide range of events dedicated to Yerevan 2800, Wikimedia Armenia organized a one month international edit-a-thon contest in different language Wikipedias in collaboration with Yerevan Foundation. The aim of the contest was to increase the number of Yerevan-related content in the Internet in different languages. The edit-a-thon took place on June 15 - July 15. Editors from 45 Wikipedias were engaged in enriching Yerevan-related content and translating articles. Overall, 1165 articles were translated into 45 languages during Wiki Loves Yerevan International edit-a-thon only. The winners of the first 18 Wikipedias with the most earned points will visit Armenia in September and participate in Yerevan 2800th anniversary celebrations. The first 3 Wikipedias with the most earned points are Hebrew, Arabic and Serbian Wikipedias with 1268.5, 1031,5 and 936.0 points respectively. For more details see Meta. The topics covered during international edit-a-thon included Yerevan history, architecture and architects, streets, Yerevan districts, notable people, writers, sportsmen born in Yerevan, as well as Yerevan landmarks.
Submissions in Newsletters
This month Wikimedia Armenia had a submission in Wikimedia Foundation Education Newsletter and GLAM Newsletter. The blogpost in the Education newsletter told about one of the editors of Karvachar WikiClub. In the GLAM Newsletter we have represented the international edit-a-thon organized in the frames of "Wiki Loves Yerevan" project and the collaborations with GLAM institutions.
Every Saturday Wikimedia Armenia organizes open workshops-edit-a-thons at the WMAM office where new editors are taught how to edit different wiki projects and the experienced editors participate in edit-a-thons dedicated to Yerevan. Anyone interested in wiki projects, Wikipedia, wiki editing and needing assistance, as well as wiki editors, who want to edit in pleasant atmosphere participate in these workshops-edit-a-thons.
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