We all know and remember that when learning seems fun we learn better, and the learning sticks. The goal of Wikid GRRLS is to encourage and help middle school aged girls to think of themselves as tech-savvy and smart, and to give them the confidence and skills to contribute to online knowledge projects.
We advance this goal by teaching teenage girls a variety of online skills, including how to run and contribute to a Wiki-based knowledge website (such as Wikipedia). We emphasize learning skills that are engaging (that the girls see as fun) and have wide applicability, across their school curriculum and beyond. These skills involve technical mastery (how to navigate a wiki, incorporate video, design, smart searches with Google), interpersonal/social relationships (team work, collaboration, moderating, editing), and general learning (writing and especially research).
In spring 2013 we tested our Wikid GRRLs curriculum for eight weeks in four public and private Maryland schools thanks to a seed grant by the Future of Information Alliance (FIA) at the University of Maryland. A core of our team is continuing Wikid GRRLs beyond this pilot program. We’re currently working to refine the curriculum to make it available for every school to teach their girls how to write and edit articles for a Wiki-based knowledge site.
Articles about Wikid GRRLS:
Wikid GRRLS: Teaching Girls Online Skills for Knowledge Creation, Barrie School, Spring 2013
Ten Weeks to Change Her Mind, Faculty Voice, Oct. 15, 2013
Learning Outcomes of a Project Leader, Faculty Voice, Oct. 15, 2013
Merrill Students and Faculty Win Grants to Develop Digital Information Projects, Merrill College, Feb. 14, 2013
2012-2013 Seed Grant Winners, Future of Information Alliance (FIA), Feb. 2013
Stine Eckert firstname.lastname@example.org @stineeckert
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