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Even though Wikimini is not strictly made for scholar purposes, it was first designed by teachers and for teachers.

See an example in the form of a comics
See the example in a comics

Give a purpose to learning

The result of scholar work is often doomed to fade away in the student's memories or to get lost in the pages of old notebooks. What if we brought up to date Célestin Freinet's printing press ?

Freinet and his class, circa 1930

Suggest sharing their knowledge to your students by participating to the collaborative writing of an online encyclopedia to wich students all over the world can contribute.

This way, students can follow a concrete and creative goal and get involved in a project that develops and boosts the learning process... and all of it while keeping their fingers clean !

Wikimini is a collaborative encyclopedia because anyone can create and edit articles. No need for an article to be perfect or finished in order to be published ! It will quickly be improved by its future readers !

How to use Wikimini at school ?

Task your students with creating a new article about a theme studied in class, or suggest they improve existing articles. Adding a comma, a word, a sentence, or a paragraph in an article is a way of participating too !

Bg-pin.gif Every single one of Wikimini's articles has a history that allows you to watch its creation and evolution, and what was written in it at every moment of its existence.

Determine if the redaction of an article is done in small groups, or if each student is responsible for their own article.

Wikimini in the computer room
Wikimini on the computer in the back of the classroom
Wikimini at home
In the computer room, we write articles about roman emperors and senators in groups of two. When we're finished, we can write or edit any article that we want. On the old Mac computer in the back of the classroom, we all take turns when we have some free time to complete the article about globalization we started last month. As an alternative to the usual presentations, our teacher allows us to write an article about a volcano of our choice ; as long as it doesn't yet exists in Wikimini, or is very short.

There are really a thousand ways of making your students participate to Wikimini !

When to use Wikimini at school ?

A student
If you are planning a long-term contribution, your students can begin by writing a first draft of the article, and then complete it throughout the program's advancement. You can also only create the article when it has been entirely written, like a simple synthesis work or an evaluation.

Ii is also possible to suggest to your students to occasionally contribute to Wikimini in a less formal environment, for example in the context of a working group in wich students can spontaneously work when they have some free time.

Bg-pin.gif On the personal pages of Wikimini's users, a link allows you to see all their contributions. You can then make sure of what your students are doing on Wikimini at any given moment.

Where to use Wikimini in school ?

At home
Wikimini can be used in class as well as at home.

If you don't want to integrate Wikimini into your program, simply talk about it to your students ! They can then try it out by themselves and tell you what they thought of it ! [-sMiLeY-]

Why use Wikimini in school?

Wikimini allows a clever and innovative use of Internet with your students (other than a simple search for informations !)

Vous pouvez l'intégrer de diverses manières dans vos planifications et l'utiliser dans pratiquement toutes les disciplines scolaires ou comme un simple exercice d'écriture.


Proposez à vos élèves de contribuer à l'encyclopédie :

  • Wikimini est un projet original et motivant pour votre classe ;
  • il valorise les apprentissages réalisés par les élèves ;
  • il peut être un lien entre l'école et la maison ;
  • il développe l'esprit critique ;
  • il favorise la coopération ;
  • il est facile à utiliser ;
  • il est sans pub ;
  • il est gratuit .

Mais encore :

  • Wikimini donne du sens aux apprentissages des élèves en mettant réellement à profit leurs connaissances ;
  • les savoirs informels (acquis hors de l’école) y sont autant valorisés que les acquis scolaires ;
  • recouvrant tous les domaines, il offre à chaque personnalité une occasion de participer quels que soient ses centres d’intérêt ;
  • il stimule l’activité d’écriture de l’élève, l’exerce à synthétiser, structurer et reformuler ses idées pour les communiquer par écrit ;
  • il offre à l’apprenant d’innombrables articles à lire dans tous les domaines de la connaissance et rédigés dans un langage adapté à son âge ;
  • il exerce l’esprit critique de l’élève qui évalue les contributions d’autres Wikiminautes pour éventuellement les modifier ou les compléter ;
  • il intègre l’apprenant dans une communauté fondée sur la coopération, le respect mutuel et l’acceptation de la critique ;
  • il incite le rédacteur à parfaire ses connaissances, se remettre en cause, chercher des informations et se documenter ;
  • il permet d’apprendre de manière active, tout en s’amusant.

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