IT@School to launch revamped School Wiki on Nov 1

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Trivandrum: The IT@School Project of Government of Kerala is bringing back the School Wiki – on the lines of Wikipedia – to foster a culture of collaborative content deployment in 15,000 schools from Class 1 to 12 in the State. The revamped School Wiki (www.schoolwiki.in) would be launched on November 01. Completely written in Malayalam, School Wiki features a unique content collection jointly undertaken the students, teachers, alumni and public.

By logging into SchoolWiki, all schools would be able to key-in and update all their basic elementary details as well as their historical references. Schools can also upload details such as their infrastructure data, renowned Alumni, School websites, School Map, Blogs, various clubs and forums, Class Magazines, supporting images and videos etc in Schoolwiki.

SchoolWiki also host various educational contents prepared by the students as well as teaching materials collaboratively developed by the teacher communities. Apart from these contents, analytical Malayalam language projects such as School Patram (School Newsletter), Nadodi Vijnanakoshan (Local Encylcopedia) and Ente Nadu (My Village) would also feature in the portal. The geographical details of every school locality in the State can be made available through School Wiki.

School Wiki which was initially launched on November 1, 2009 was inactive after two years of its inception. This prompted IT@School to revive the portal with much needed modifications, amply supported by Wikipedia members.

Schoolwiki has been prepared using Wikemedia Foundation’s Wikemedia software. The revived portal provides a host of new features including special privileges for District Admin, search articles alphabetically, facility to display pictures in Wikicomments directly in SchoolWiki, Wiki Editor, School Mapping using of Open Street Map, facility to search in Malayalam and English languages. In addition to these, the new School Wiki also has specific extensions such as prettyURL, Upload Wizard, Editcounts, Checkuser, Gadgets and Thanks.

“IT@School Project has made arrangements for specific training for teachers and students for using SchoolWiki and to identify and assign district level Admins for data accuracy and modifications and to provide necessary support. Schoolwiki would turn out to be the largest and most comprehensive Malayalam educational database over the Internet”, said K Anvar Sadath, Executive Director, IT@School Project.

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