Students Organizing A Charitable Project

Students at Taunton’s College in Southampton, UK are using Wikispaces as a managerial and communications platform for their new charity, the Panini Project. These students, ages 16-19, are collecting football (or soccer) jerseys from the English Premiership teams to send to Tanzania football teams. They started the wiki a few weeks ago and have so far received support from the US and UK.

The organizer of the site, Kristian Still, said, “I had hoped that [this project] would give the students a sense of community and also expose them to the values of collaboration and the power of communication through webware. Importantly, I have done my best to let them get on with it, answer as few questions as possible and make them as responsible as possible.”

The wiki is used to publicize their efforts, to post meeting minutes, set up group responsibilities and assignments, and instruct new members on how to use the site.

Kristian says on his profile page, “Without question, one of the greatest strengths of the wiki has been the ability to communicate with students and for students to communicate with one another and their teachers. The wiki not only draws upon the pride the students exhibit in their work but also showcases that pride, authorship has proven to be a very powerful motivation.”

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  1. Posted October 12, 2007 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Sarah, many thanks for noting the project. I do not think I have witnessed students more motivated and more engaged with their education, as with this wikispaces based project. Wikispaces real is the glue that is holding all the parts, ideas, contributions and successes of this project together.

  2. Soheila Solimani
    Posted November 7, 2007 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    What a great way to communicate for all the students and educators and for a great cause.

  3. Posted November 25, 2007 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Soheila Solimani, it is a great way for students as well as eveyone else to get to know each other better then what they do now.

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