Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wikipedia in Plain English

Last week I had a student tell me that one of his other teachers doesn't allow the class to use Wikipedia for anything. Unfortunately, that statement could be made about any number of classrooms around the world. Often those restrictive policies are made by teachers who don't understand how Wikipedia works. A good resource to help people understand how Wikipedia works is Wikipedia Explained by Common Craft uses Common Craft's In Plain English style to explain how Wikipedia works. The video explains how Wikipedia entries are written, updated, verified, and maintained. Watch the video on Common Craft.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Textbooks, Wikipedia, and Primary Source Research
Mashpedia - The Real-time Encyclopedia
VisWiki - Visual Wikipedia