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Using Wikipedia (teachers and students)

So, what do we actually know?

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3 comments on “Using Wikipedia (teachers and students)

  1. theo kuechel (@theokk)
    July 17, 2012

    Andy Carvin gathered a range of responses to this question in 2006. http://www.pbs.org/teachers/learning.now/2006/07/wikipedia_in_the_classroom_con.html Look forward to seeing if there is much of a shift in following comments….

  2. When teaching my class about the reliability of internet research and using Wikipedia in particular, I always share the true story of the Guardian journalist who had to write an obituary of the composer Ronnie Hazlehurst. While doing research, he came across a Wikipedia entry on Hazlehurst, which amongst other things stated he had written the S Club 7 hit ‘Reach for the Stars.’ Hazlehurst was mostly known for composing well-known TV theme tunes. The journalist included this nugget about S Club 7 in his article, but it turned out to be complete nonsense.

    This example helps demonstrate the importance of checking facts on Wikipedia.

    • peteyeo
      July 21, 2012

      Great story – are there any links to news articles to verify it?

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