Activities/Schools project

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  1. To provide a set of resources and workshops to schools in order to educate pupils and staff how to use Wikimedia projects correctly in an education environment.
  2. To provide a set of resources and workshops to schools in order to educate pupils and staff how to contribute to Wikimedia projects correctly

To Do

  1. Purchase laptop
  2. Develop material
  3. Adopt & implement CRB policy


Using Wikimedia


  • Using Wikipedia for research
  • Using sources to verify information (references, citations)
  • Correct citations
  • Navigating Wikipedia
  • Finding free-license photos for projects
  • Researching locations
  • Finding quotes from famous people - for school projects
  • Researching major historical events (could be tied in with Wikipedia)
  • Learning new definitions
  • Looking up synonyms / antonyms
  • Find words in another language


First section is a workshop on using Wikipedia, how to navigate, search, use sources, and cite. Then, spend the next section researching a major topic of the group's choice - perhaps 3 or 4 groups per "class" - developing a presentation to be presented to the other groups. Each group is expected to include cited work, free license pictures, and places to look for further information on the topics. Perhaps a few "did you know" points - things the other groups might not know.

Possible Topics
  • Climate change
  • War (WWI, WW2, Iraq)
  • Dr Barnado's
  • Magna Carta
  • Local area (interesting as many uncited areas etc)
  • Sports
  • Simon Cowell
  • Jordan (Katie Price)

Contributing to Wikimedia


  • How to edit / create an article
  • Basic policies (NPOV, COI)
  • Basic WikiMarkup
  • Citing sources
  • What to do if the school gets blocked
  • How should schools control/respond to vandalism
  • Style of a News Article
  • Researching topics
  • Original Reporting


Spend the first part working through the policies of different projects, how they operate, and how to use the Wiki syntax. Then, the project is to develop the article on their school - a great way to teach about having cited sources and NPOV / COI issues. By taking photos, researching from websites (Newspapers, OfSTED, etc), and developing the article, they can update their school article.


  • Circa £1,000 has been approved from the WMF for the purchase of a computer (grant application)
  • Circa £1,000 is available from the WMF for travel (grant application)
  • Schools may be willing to cover travel/expenses


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Section Date
Create estimated timetable and budget End of August 2009
Finish creating initial Workshop & Materials content End of October 2009
First test run(s) of workshops and materials November 2009
Further development During November 2009
Final list of schools for workshops / materials End of December 2010
Distribute materials (to a minimum of X schools by March 2010) December 2010 onwards
Deliver workshops (to a minimum of Y groups by March 2010) December 2010 onwards


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Item Cost Budget
CRB checks

For all volunteers and directors - £38 x ~13

£500 reallocate computing?

To be used to deliver the workshops where in-place equipment is not available / not desirable. Should be of reasonable power.

£500 ~ £600 Computing

To be used to deliver the workshops where in-place equipment is not available / not desirable.

£300 ~ £400 Computing
Misc (cables, etc)

To be used to deliver the workshops where in-place equipment is not available / not desirable.

ca. £50 Computing
Presenter Travel

To get our presenters to the locations of the workshops - standard public transport fares, mileage, subsistence, etc.

£800 allocated Travel

To ship the materials to interested schools

£200 allocated Travel


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  • Project Lead: Paul Williams
  • Ironholds; not involved in schools at the moment, but happy to volunteer and I've been vetted to work with children.
  • Happy to help prepare PowerPoints etc; not to go to schools. Computerjoe 21:41, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Happy to help however I can. --Tango 02:12, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
  • I'm a teacher and am happy to help out where I can although going into schools myself would be difficult as it's difficult for me to get time off work during term time. Theresa knott 17:51, 19 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Happy to help however needed, although trips out would be limited to Friday afternoons within Staffordshire and Shropshire. Colds7ream 17:21, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Zeyi, love to volunteer, and have done some school projects before.
  • User:SimonTrew, I want to be a maths teacher, I am a computer scientist so getting the kit is no problem, I would love to make stuff fun for children (probably older children) to learn and do. SimonTrew 13:04, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
  • More than happy to help as I am a school teacher. 20:45, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Include meSteveVirgin
  • As a former teacher with 15 years' experience in KS2 (I left the profession at the end of April), I'd be happy to be involved. To be honest, I'd be happiest helping produce lesson plans, etc, rather than working with schools to deliver it! However, I would be willing to do that if I am not otherwise employed. I am based in South London. 18:32, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Certainly interests me, I would be happy to help out where I can. Camaron · Christopher · talk 17:16, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Happy to help - currently completing PGCE in Secondary History at Reading Uni, can help with resources, lesson plans etc. georginacox.
  • I can't do presentation but would be more than willing to help with lessons plans etc. Rock drum (talkcontribs) 18:05, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

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