Submissions/Wikipedia-An Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom

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After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 3048
Title of the submission

Wikipedia-An Inclusion in the 21st-Century Clasroom

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission

Oarabile Mudongo

E-mail address


Oarabile Mudongo (talk) 08:53, 15 January 2014 (UTC)[reply]

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Planning Wikimedia User Group

Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The diversity of the 21st-century classroom creates numerous challenges for teachers who may not have known the same diversity themselves as students. Among these, teachers must balance the requirements of high-stakes accountability while meeting the needs of diverse students within their classroom. The ability to find, interpret, evaluate, manipulate, share and record information, especially scholarly and educational information, for example dealing with issues of authority, reliability, provenance, citation and relevance in digitized scholarly resources and this is what Wikipedia is trying to achieve.

The ability to study and learn effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal, including: use of digital tools to support critical thinking and research, academic writing, note taking, reference management, time and task management; being assessed and attending to feedback or collaborations in digital/digitized formats; independent study using digital resources and learning materials found on Wikipedia projects such as Wiki-versity. Academic practices and values such as reviewing, commenting, referencing, arguing, presenting information and making data openly available for scrutiny are all newly relevant in an age of democratic access to knowledge. Wikipedia is now integral to the development of early literacy and numeracy (see for example the Wikipedia Zero initiative), suggesting that far from being one among a multitude of capabilities, digital literacy is at the heart of what it means to learn, study and know.


Education Outreach

Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)

25 Minutes

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)

Not ready for posting.

Special requests

I cannot present on Saturday please.

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