Monday, May 30, 2011

Most schools do not allow Wikipedia to be used

I believe that presented in the correct way to students, that wikipedia can and should be used as valid source of information. This is why: In the text book Literacy 2.0 Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms by Nancy Frey she provides two examples of how if done correctly teachers can actually teach students how to determine whether or not information is valid or not.

She gives the example of a teacher Margaret Santori who uses wikipedia to build students' understanding of discussing ideas and show them that disagreements can arise during these type of discussions. Santori shows the discussion that took place on T.S. Elliot's wiki page and even though people who were adding information disagreed with each other, they did it civilly among themselves. By show students this example she was able to demonstrate an expectation she wanted for class discussions.

Would you use Wikipedia like Margaret Santori with your students? Why?

Frey, N., Fisher, D., & Gonzalez, A. Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in the 21st century classroom. Solution Tree Press, Bloomington Indiana, c 2010 ISBN: 978-1-935249-80-1

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