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Submissions/Working with kids : Wikipedia vs Vikidia

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 1015 - FE
Title of the submission
Working with kids : Wikipedia vs Vikidia
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Gabriel Thullen
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
J'enseigne dans un pays francophone (la république et canton de Genève, Suisse), donc cette présentation sera donnée surtout en français. Mes élèves de 7ème année éditent et créent des pages Wikipédia depuis 2006 dans le cadre d'un cours d'introduction à l'informatique. La communauté wikipédienne est devenue beaucoup moins tolérante envers les erreurs des nouveaux contributeurs, et il y a beaucoup à apprendre. Nous avons changé cette année pour utiliser Vikidia, une encyclopédie en ligne pour les 8 – 13 ans, elle aussi basée sur la plateforme MediaWiki. Vikidia existe en 8 langues. Cette présentation abordera les différences entre ces encyclopédies quand on travaille avec des jeunes d'âge scolaire. La discussion permettra aux autres participants de partager leurs expériences.
I teach in a French speaking country (republic and canton of Geneva, Switzerland), so this talk will be held mostly in French. My 7th grade students have been editing and creating Wikipedia articles since 2006 as part of an introductory computer science course. The Wikipedia community is now a lot less tolerant of beginner mistakes, and the learning curve is quite steep. So this year we changed and used Vikidia, an online encyclopedia for 8 – 13 year olds, also based on the MediaWiki platform. Vikidia exists in 8 languages. This talk will discuss the differences between using these encyclopedias with school-age students. The discussion period following the talk will allow attendees to share their experiences.
What will attendees take away from this session?
The attendees wiill learn about how young students can edit an online encyclopedia. They will share experiences and learn how they can implement this type of activity with youth groups or students.
Theme of presentation


For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
All audiences
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Slides and a short film excerpt
Special requests
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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  1. Much of my great love for Wikipedia came from my love for encyclopedias, which I developed when I was five years old and read an encyclopedia made especially for children. Although it had its flaws, it was good enough to bring to where I am today, dedicating much of my waking time to Wikipedia in one way or another. This is a very interesting topic. Related: Submissions/Klexikon the free encyclopedia for children poster. Amir É. Aharoni (talk) 10:04, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Anthere (talk) 11:18, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Wikipedias in languages with fewer number of speakers are generally friendlier toward beginners, but we will certainly benefit from the teaching part of your experience. Looking forward. Frhdkazan (talk) 06:24, 2 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  4. VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 19:48, 2 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Ziko (talk) 08:35, 16 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]