Ian Stuarts Tweet asking “Scottish Teachers - Who is up for developing the use of wikipedia and other wikimedia products in schools? #eduwiki” reminded me that I really must get round to writing up my “7 things you didn’t know about Wikipedia Talk”. It also reminded me I must start to get out and about to conferences and education events a little more often – I’ve become increasing conscious that I’ve been ‘off the grid’ in the last 12 months.
I’ve been a Wikipedia fan since the start and also a fan of the wider Wikimedia family. I even delivered the keynote at the Wikimedia UK Annual Conference in Bristol back in 2011. The keynote resulted from a couple of digital scrapes in cyberspace / the blogosphere where I was trying to defend Wikipedia as a valuable source much to the anger (but ultimately confusion – due to a lack of understanding) of a few traditionalists (mainly journalists!). Who, quite frankly couldn’t see the woods from the trees.
Anyway, the recent #eduwiki conference in Edinburgh seems to have built a bit of momentum again for the real value of Wikimedia (including Wikipedia) in Scottish Schools. So, I’ll send the next week posting a few ideas and tips to help teachers become more familiar with Wikipedia. There really is nothing new here – but perhaps the time is right to re-visit the agenda?
At the end of the series I’ll also post a few recommendations for Scottish Education.