Wikimedia School Team
The Wikimedia School Team is a group of users dedicated to fostering a positive relationship between schools in the United States and the Wikimedia Foundation. In furtherance of this objective, the Team will undertake projects that make the content of Wikimedia wikis available and utilizable for an educational environment. This is the way to help schools gain the following:
- A better knowledge of what and where they live (This includes buildings, highways, the city/town history, and some of the major events that happen where they live. There would also be notable locations and places that would be included. Maybe as a fact, to add notable in the history).
- For the teachers of these schools, to put more trust in Wikipedia. (This would be done by having professionals review the subject and make sure all factual information and sources are correct before production of resources).
We are interested in producing CD-ROMs that (benefited by the Wikimedia Foundation) help students and teachers achieve the above goals. The standard procedure would be contacting Wikimedia Foundation and participating schools to see if they are interested in helping with the process. The second step would be to come up with the correct articles, have them expanded to correct form, and proofread and checked my professionals in one point of area. These articles, during the third step would be produced and shipped to the participating schools. This would then achieve the aforementioned goals and help students learn in places where learning isn't always the easiest.
Articles included in the CD would be relevant to each school. Choosing which articles to include is one of the hardest parts. Our remedy for this is to start up a bot, which would search a certain string of words and choosing the articles hand-pruned to be included under the following criteria:
- Article Status
- School/Foundation preferences
These will then help separate the correct articles from the rest of the pack. These would then be expanded to the condition where no more can be changed, and then it would be possible to start getting them proofread and added to the CDs as we go along.
The example we wish to bring up is New York City. New York City is a large municipality, made up of 5 boroughs with over 200 school districts. The schools would highly benefit from these CD-ROMs to help the students give them good knowledge of what they should know basically. Some of our examples include:
- The 5 boroughs
- History of New York City
- People (Mayors,Governors, and other notable residents and/or highly named people)
- Highways and how they were built
- Local attractions
- The schools themselves.
- Some of the local hamlets and such
- Rivers and bays
Of course, this is not everything going into one CD-ROM, but its giving the reader a better idea of what they are learning. These would also change depending where the CDs are going.
The Wikimedia Foundation's support
- Negotations in progress
It is our belief that this project is highly important and will benefit all stakeholders. We wish to make this project a success, so then we can have future types like this. And, who knows, we could go global, not just the United States alone. Thanks to any participants who wish to help with the process.