The first of the two conferences went quite well.
I only ran into a couple of problems and these
could perhaps be solved for the next conference.
It was held at Wentworth-by-the-Sea in Newcastle
NH, right next to Rye and Hampton Beach... the
place was gorgeous! And the facilities were awesome,
the AV folks there were very helpful in getting the
equipment all connected and very accomodating.
However the costs were pricey, an internet live
connect went for $150. A live AV support person
was $500 for the day... I didn't need an AV person
but even so, they were helpful anyway... no charge
for getting the connectors and making sure I was
ok to start the presentation, they were very helpful
indeed and very friendly!
All in all I presented on Friday and Saturday and
the headcount totals were over 100 educators,
school admins and staff from Northern New England
The presentation on Wikipedia was well received...
the major objection, or should I say concern, is the
question that "how can Wikipedia content be
accurate without 'experts' writing the articles?"
My response is that the articles could be checked
against other online ecyclopedia content and thus
one could be reassured of the quality of content.
Also that there are safeguards like 'peer editing'
and 'npov' which help make the articles both
accurate and non-biased, or as much as a npov
objective can guarantee.
If there are other good points to counteract this
objection I'd be interested in putting this into the
next presentation... although for this next one
at McAuliffe Center Tech Conference I'll have a
fraction of the time I had at the NHAWLT presentation.
One of the problems I ran into was that I lost 'mousage',
I lost the mouse pointer, when I projected the laptop screen.
I used two different projectors and also tried an attached
USB mouse instead of the glidepoint.
But the instance of MediaWiki running
on the Linspire laptop was flawless of itself... a really
good example of how powerful and yet easy to use and
learn to edit the wiki engine is...
OpenOffice was very handy as a presentation tool.
I used the suggested presentation from French and
edited it and thinned it down for the time I had to
work with... I also used the screen shots of the
different language Wikipedias (that was done
around February)... And I incorporated the Alexa
charts to compare with Britannica, Groliers, Ecyclopedia.com
so as to give some idea of Wikipedia's
growth and expansion.
I also briefly explained some of the other sister projects
and highlighted why the wiki software lends itself so
well to collaborative projects...
The next conference is in December.
With thanks to all who helped get me get MediaWiki
running on Linspire and also those that gave me
good suggestions on what to say during the presentation!
On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 18:42:54 +0200, Ashar Voultoiz <hashar(a)altern.org> wrote:
Hi fellow Wikipedians,
I'll be doing a presentation on Wikipedia for
the McAuliffe Conference and the NHAWLT
Teachers' Conference in the coming weeks
and was wondering if anyone else has done
a presentation to a large group... what features
would be good to highlight... and what seems
to work well with a group that has not heard
much about the project yet.
If you have some ideas as to what might
be good points to bring out please let me
know. I appreciate any insights you may
offer on this subject.
with sincere regards,