Wikid GRRLS Project

Teaching Girls to Write and Edit Articles on Wikis


We all know and remember that when learning seems fun and relevant 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. We want to give them the confidence and skills to contribute to online knowledge projects.

We advance these goals 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)
  • have wide applicability, across their school curriculum and beyond
  • involve technical mastery (incorporate video, design, smart searches with Google)
  • interpersonal/social relationships (team work, collaboration, moderating, editing)
  • general learning (writing and especially research)

Wikid GRRLS logoLearn more about how our Wikid GRRLS pilot program in the video of our final presentation. Our slides from this final presentation are available here.

Download material and follow us on our blog and on Twitter via the hashtag #WikidGRRLS.

Articles about Wikid GRRLS

The slow and steady battle to close Wikipedia’s dangerous gender gap, Think Progress, Dec. 15, 2016, Aysha Khan
Wikid GRRLS: Teaching Girls Online Skills for Knowledge Creation, Barrie School, 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

Contact:
Stine Eckert          stine.eckert@wayne.edu | @stineeckert
Joanna Nurmis    jpmg@umd.edu | @jornurmis

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