Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tool 6

Wikis...ah, such a great tool but at same time one that needs to be carefully monitored. I can't count how many times students have been looking up info on web, and quoted Wikipedia as their one and only source. Unfortunately, they take everything they see online as truth (where school research is concerned) without taking the time to look for more sources.

I think having a wiki that students of a class or subject can add to and work on together can be a great project. For instance, in a Career planning class, they can all research different potential jobs, and tie them all into a wiki (citing their sources of course!). As a bonus, a lesson could be tied in to show them the relation between the info they put on, and how its easy for anyone to add info to topics on Wikipedia (and other wikis of course).

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