Wikipedia has added a feature called “Cite This Article” to its site. The feature appears as a link in the Toolbox section of each page and provides key bibliographic information as well as citations pre-formatted in all of the major forms. Interestingly, they add the following note at the top of each citation page:
Most educators and professionals do not consider it appropriate to use tertiary sources such as encyclopedias as a sole source for any information — citing an encyclopedia as an important reference in footnotes or bibiliographies may result in censure or a failing grade. Wikipedia articles should be used for background information, as a reference for correct terminology and search terms, and as a starting point for further research.
Here’s an example citation page for the Wikipedia article about basenjis.
Wikipedia is the ‘mumma of all wiki’ and shows clearly what can be done in a good collaborative environment. Wikipedia is a great complimentary resource to other online sources of information and this citation facility will further embedd wiki technology into our thinking.
The K12OS.org reports on the NECC conference, at which there were a host of great speakers. Catch lots of podcasts or audio playback of sessions and interviews. Adam Frey from Wikispaces.com (the mp3 file) talks about free wikis for teachers. He has a very Australian accent!
Technology for too long has been complicated and too hard to use.
Of course, making things easy is what Web 2.0 is about.
Teachers are finding wiki an easy way to work on web pages together.
Teachers and students are taking advantage of this technology in their classrooms – and example of using a wiki from a teacher in Georgia – students using a wiki to create a study guide to share with their fellow students. This wiki was created entirely out of class time purely from student motivation to study and use a technology to help them.
Its easy and its fun!