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Wikipedia in my school

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As a student I found myself on a regular basis using wikipedia for quick facts on all different types of subjects. I believe wikipedia is a great tool that is available to anyone that has to access to the Internet. However, wikipedia dopes have a downfall. The fact that anyone can alter or add information to wikipedia makes some people unwilling to accpet its information as the truth. When I find myself using wikipedia I make sure to find a backup site where the information is similar. I believe wikipedia is a tool that should be taken advantage of by students and teacher alike. Just make sure to find a backup.

Chris O'Neal (not verified)

Just came across this link -

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Just came across this link - something I'd read before, but couldn't quite find the source. This is an interesting article about the accuracy of Wikipedia, etc.
Susan Brooks-Young (not verified)

Hi Chris, I also find that I

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Hi Chris, I also find that I frequently use Wikipedia as a springboard for further research. I recently heard an interview with one of the guys who developed Wikipedia. He was asked about the margin of error in articles posted there and his response made perfect sense. Basically he said that when he was in high school, his teachers allowed students to use encyclopedias for general research, but they weren't allowed to cite encyclopedia articles in their bibliographies. Instead, they were required to take the information they found there and verify it using other sources which they could use in their bibliographies. Sounds like a good approach to me!
Leslie Shinaver (not verified)

While I use Wikipedia as an

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While I use Wikipedia as an avenue to get students thinking about multi-faceted ideas, I'm embracing the use of wikis in an online class I'm developing. Creating annotated web texts will help students and I communicate about literary devices, vocabulary, sentence structure, thematic development, etc. Once students learn how to create links within the document, I hope to have my whole class dissecting Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown."
Phyllis T. Shepherd (not verified)

I like Blogging. It is a

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I like Blogging. It is a part of a Multimedia Course that I am taking presently in an online PhD program. This is an easy blog to post to. No login is required.
Patsy Lanclos (not verified)

The nice thing about

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The nice thing about Wikipedia is that it is current! Think Pluto, tsunami, Rita, Katrina… Looking in print textbooks or encyclopedias cannot validate this current information. Certainly all information should be cross-checked for validity but you have to be sure that your cross checks are accurate. Good topic, Chris.
Geoff (not verified)

I worry that my kids use

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I worry that my kids use wikipedia too much, at the expense of other, sometimes more credible sources.
Lynn McNally (not verified)

Wikipedia is a great

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Wikipedia is a great starting point, but I have to agree with Geoff. We are finding that students are not very thoughtful about information that they find on the web. We all know that there are lots of bogus webpages and webpages that are very biased in the info they present. Kids want to believe everything they read (http://www.fvza.org/). We would really like to see our students thoughtfully using some of the credible sources to which our school district subscribes. Have students build their own body of knowledge through wikis could be powerful. Blogs are also another great social learning tool that the kids LOVE. Loudoun has launched a blogging feature on our school district webpages. See recent blog from field trip to the Bamamas. http://cmsweb1.loudoun.k12.va.us/381720111514175330/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=73149
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Chris O'Neal Educational consultant and former Edutopia.org blogger

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