Liam, This is great stuff!
I hope we can copy and adapt this document for Wikimedia New York City in future :) Thanks, Pharos On Sat, Nov 29, 2008 at 6:19 AM, Liam Wyatt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Dear all, > > Yesterday I gave a presentation to the annual NSW English Teachers' > Association conference loosely based on the fact that Wikipedia is > now an optional HSC text. > You can search for the full details from the association's website > here: http://www.englishteacher.com.au/ > > There were about 20 teachers attending the workshop which lasted for > an hour. Rather than trying to give a detailed discussion of how > Wikipedia can be studied in the context of the HSC I did three > things: a "why you need to know", an "anatomy of a page" and some > examples of how WP can be used to start conversations in class (such > as how to be critical of texts). > > You can see the PDF at the "presentations" page at meta: http:// > meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Presentations/en > I would really like some feedback on this from a wikipedian's > perspective - it was very well received by the teachers. > > As an outcome of this presentation I have learned that there are a a > couple of schools intending on taking the WP module at the HSC for > their students in the next year. Most notably a catholic school in > Maitland (near Newcastle). I promised those teachers that were > interested in introducing WP into their school - either as a module > for study or just as a way to discuss things with their students > (such as how to be critical of texts, how to write collaboratively > etc.) that WM-Au would try to help however we could. I gave them our > website and I have every intention of going to visit these schools if > invited to talk to staff and/or students. Hopefully several of us > would be able to go on these kinds of visits. > > To that end WM-Au would need to have approval from the department of > education and be put on the "approved visitors" list. I will begin > this process for us next week. It shouldn't be difficult or long. It > basically means that we would need to list all of the people who we > say can represent WM-Au and the DET may then undertake a check of > police records to see that we are not restricted from contact with > children. This will then give WM-Au a "visitation number" and place > us on the list that all schools have. > > > In other news, I spent all Thursday at a conference discussing the > ramifications of the Australian federal government's planned internet > censorship programme. The schedule is here: http:// > www.bakercyberlawcentre.org/2008/censorship/index.htm > It was very informative and quite scary too, this is something that I > believe everyone of us needs to be informed about as it will affect > us directly - we deal with free information and this is a direct > curtailing of that. Please see more at http://nocleanfeed.com or > <selfpromo> listen to the most recent episode of wikipediaweekly.org > podcast </selfpromo> > > I hope you are all well, > > -Liam > [[witty lama]] > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaau-l mailing list > Wikimediaauemail@example.com > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l > _______________________________________________ Wikimediaau-l mailing list Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l