Wikipedia:Schools/Projects

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The Schools/projects gives school students a chance to write articles for the Simple English Wikipedia. Often articles written by students are deleted quickly because the are badly written, with poor spelling, and not formatted properly. This can be hard for students when the article is deleted before they have had a chance to finish it. This can be hard for teachers when the student's work is deleted before they have had a chance to correct it. The Schools/Projects guidelines have been written to fix these problems. Please read the "The teachers' guide" which will answer many questions about using the Wikipedia with students.

Creating a project[change source]

1. Create a school project: give a name, a description and an end date for the project on this page, (Wikipedia:Schools/Projects). This should include the names of all the pages, and a wikipedia editor who can be contacted if things go wrong. (see list below) There should be a point of contact for the project in case of any problems that may come up. This is usually one of the teachers.

2. Tag project pages: add this tag to the top of students pages: {{classproject| your project name}},

3. Use the sandbox: have the students make their own sandbox, there are instructions on this page Wikipedia:User page. There is also a link at the bottom of every edit page. This is a User page where users can write their article and work on it until it is ready to be put onto the wiki. Wiki administrators do not normally delete things from a user's sandbox.

4. Use the edit summary: below the edit window is a place to write in a summary - this is a brief description of what you have edited, for example "Corrected spelling", or "added new section on ice cream". This helps other editors know what is happening on the page.

If you look at the Wikipedia:Deletion policy you will find that there are reasons why pages get "quickly deleted" (Normal deletion process takes a week). Most of the quick deletions are "complete nonsense pages", "attack pages" (X is gay), pages simply copied and pasted from another wiki or web site, and pages where notability (is the article important enough to be included) is hard to judge.

Other pages that may be helpful:

This Wikipedia needs articles; If they are properly formatted and give interesting (verifiable) information, there is no reason to delete the articles at all.

Editors who can help with school projects[change source]

If you are stuck or if you need some help changing Wikipedia you can ask one of our editors. Below is a list of people who can help you with school projects or help you change Wikipedia. Click on their talk page to ask them a question.

Please add your name to this list if you are able to help with school projects.

Add your new project at the bottom of this page[change source]

Searchtool.svg   See also previous School projects

Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe[change source]

Welcome to the school project Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe. This project aims to bring English students from Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe to edit articles of Wikipedia in a fun way! Before editing Wikipedia, we will first do some reading exercises, then find subjects to edit, find sources and add one phrase. Depending on how it goes, we might go farther.

Historical Figures of the Middle Ages[change source]

We will be working with about 65 students to do some editing on Simple English Wikipedia. They are working on a project that involves researching female figures in the Middle Ages. They will research in library reference sources and then they will edit and cite the sources they reference in the Simple English Wikipedia article.

History of Psychology[change source]

We are working as part of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Wikipedia project. Students in my class of 100 Rutgers undergraduates are learning to write and edit in Wikipedia, with the goal of increasing the number and quality of entries relevant to psychology. We are editing three articles on Simple English Wikipedia. We aspire to add articles both to Simple English Wikipedia and English Wikipedia. As the Fall 2013 semester progresses we will be soliciting feedback on new articles.

Historical Figures from China, Africa, and the Middle East[change source]

We will be working with about 65 students to do some editing on Simple English Wikipedia. They are working on a project that involves researching lesser-known historical figures from Imperial China and Africa, as well as figures from the Middle East. They will research in library reference sources and then they will edit and cite the sources they reference in the Simple English Wikipedia article.

Notable Female Authors for Middle Grades/Young Adult[change source]

We will be working with about 65 students to do some editing on Simple English Wikipedia. In honor of Women's History Month here in the US, students will add to the content of pages about notable female authors. They will research in library reference sources and then they will edit and cite the sources they reference in the Simple English Wikipedia article.

Notable African American Innovators[change source]

We will be working with about 20 students to do some editing on Simple English Wikipedia. Students will add content to pages of notable African American innovators. They will be using Biography.com and library resources as their reference material. They will cite the sources they reference in the Simple English Wikipedia article.

Electronics Review[change source]

We will be working with 31 students to contribute to Simple English Wikipedia. Students from our school did similar work three years ago. Students will review content and add sources, images, and diagrams to articles relating to electronics. We plan to finish our work by May 28, 2015.

Body Systems project[change source]

We will be working with about 65 students to do some editing on Simple English Wikipedia. In honor of Women's History Month here in the US, our all-female students will learn to edit by applying their knowledge about different issues related to ecology. They will also be practicing the S-V-O sentence structure they have been learning in class. They will research in library reference sources and then they will edit and cite the sources they reference in the Simple English Wikipedia article. After they post their articles, a series of subject specialists will check both their writing and their content for clarity and precision.

Students will begin working on this project on Feb. 22 and continue through the month of March, 2016.

EASELL[change source]

This project of ‘’Editing Articles in Simple English by Language Learners’’ (EASELL) will involve 36 students in the areas of science, history, and literature. A few of those students will be translating articles from Wikipedias in other languages that currently do not exist in Simple English. Working individually, with a partner, and in groups, they will evaluate each other's work and provide suggestions for improvement. All articles will include references in English, as well as images. Students will be working on these articles from April 4 to June 10, 2016.

Notable Female Scientists[change source]

We will be working with about 65 students to do some editing on Simple English Wikipedia. In honor of Women's History Month here in the US, students will add to the content of pages about notable female scientists. They will research in library reference sources and then they will edit and cite the sources they reference in the Simple English Wikipedia article.

Notable Female Activists[change source]

We will be working with about 65 students to do some editing on Simple English Wikipedia. To better learn how Wikipedia works and contribute to society, students will add to the content of pages about notable female activists, selected from a wide variety of fields and nationalities. They will research in library reference sources and then they will edit and cite the sources they reference in the Simple English Wikipedia article.