Updated: November 2014
Love it or hate it Wikipedia is a big part of our lives and its certainly a big part of our online browsing experience. Whether we admit to it or not many people consult Wikipedia on a regular basis to answer their questions. A large part of this is due to the fact that Google loves Wikipedia more than any other site on the Internet. In fact it gets presented as the top search result to more search queries than anything else, even Google itself.
Anyway, one of the challenges for educators using Wikipedia is trying to get students to use it appropriately and really to understand what it is and what it can do.
This Digital Hand Out (mainly linking to articles from November 2014) provides a portal to connect to various thoughts, articles and videos about using Wikipedia in Schools and other educational establishments.
Summary of November 2014 Key posts
Recommendations for Scottish Education (November 2014)
- Teach Primary Magazine - Understanding Wikipedia: a lesson in digital literacy (re-produced on olliebray.com)
- Teach Secondary Magazine – The Wikiman: Six important things about Wikipeda
- Teachmeet Strathclyde - “7 things you didn’t know about Wikipedia” – the video
- 2011 Wikimedia UK Annual Conference (Keynote Address) - Part One, Part Two and Part Three - talking about Wikimedia and in particular Wikipedia in schools and education.
From the archive:
- October 2009 – Should Schools use Wikipedia
- November 2009 - Wikipedia is good for pupils and teachers [TESS Article]
- November 2009 - Wikipedia, schools and the BBC - a response to tonight’s BBC Scotland Radio Broadcast