This is great stuff!

I hope we can copy and adapt this document for Wikimedia New York City
in future :)


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:
> 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://
> 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://
> 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 or
> <selfpromo> listen to the most recent episode of
> podcast </selfpromo>
> I hope you are all well,
> -Liam
> [[witty lama]]
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