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I know students use Wikipedia, I say, fine, but then backup your information from another site, prederably an "edu" one. I also comment, never trust the first site's informacion, always back the information up with a second and/or third opinion. I have also demostrated to my students how anyone can add/change things in Wikipedia; yes, sooner or later someone will notice, but meanwhile the information is there. Wikipedia is fine as a starting point, but I believe it should not be the end, but the beginning to more information, including Hannah Montana or any other "hot" item for the students. As a teacher we should help students learn/research, and not make this as easy as possible with only one resource (Wikipedia). Teach the students how if they search a little more they will sometimes even find opposing views, then show them how to continue searching and so discover which is right. Good luck! Jenka Guevara, PhD Mexico > From: Maggi Idzikowski <email@example.com> > >> c. Many teachers want access to Wikipedia and other similar >> sites. We block these because: >> <snip> >> ii. The site is non-authoritative. I understand the >> underlying premise of Wikipedia. However, the social negotiation (which is >> what Wikipedia is) of information as part of the constructivist paradigm of >> learning, should not exist online, rather it should be the mind of the >> student. > > What an interesting statement. The fact is, it does exist online, and is, > indeed, what students will come across when encountering of Web 2.0 > resources. How does a teacher or librarian teach middle and high school > students how to evaluate with such resources if students never come across > them? It seems akin to asking students to understand and appreciate the > ramifications of racism without ever seeing it in action in literature or > primary sources. > > Can you respond to Wikipedia's claims of accuracy? > (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia) Although the policies of the > Wikipedia strongly espouse verifiability and a neutral point of view, > critics of Wikipedia accuse it of systemic bias and inconsistencies > (including undue weight given to popular culture), and allege that it > favors consensus over credentials in its editorial process. Its > reliability and accuracy are also targeted.Other criticisms center on > its susceptibility to vandalism and the addition of spurious or unverified > information, though scholarly work suggests that vandalism is generally > short-lived, and an investigation in Nature found that the material > they compared came close to the level of accuracy of Encyclopędia Britannica > and had a similar rate of "serious errors". > > Lastly, and more importantly for my elementary students, can you find any > other reasonably authoritative sources for students to cite when writing > feature articles on Pokemon, Hannah Montana or other pop culture icons? > Their only other sources are web pages -- and I would prefer Wikipedia over > a fan web page. > > I put these questions to you in a spirit of friendly discourse and look > forward to your response. > > -Maggi Idzikowski > Media Specialist > Allen Elementary School, Ann Arbor MI > firstname.lastname@example.org > Blogging with my 3-year-old at http://mamalibrarian.blogspot.com/ --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH