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How I Learned How To Stop Worrying And Learned To Love Wikipedia

How I Learned How To Stop Worrying And Learned To Love Wikipedia
Brian C. Housand, PhD
North Carolina Gifted Conference (NCAGT)
Winston-Salem, NC
March 26, 2009

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    • Dr. Brian Housand On: How I Learned To Stop http://brianho Worrying NCAGT usand. And 3/26/2009 googlepages. Love The com Wikipedia
    • brianhousand .googlepages .com 1,000 -T Housand
    • Techie Educator Gifted Researcher
    • How a ragtag band created Wikipedia
    • quot;the sum of all human knowledgequot;
    • It’s the first place I go when I am looking for knowledge, or I want to create some. Stephen Colbert
    • Rather than running the risk of having our students become quot;walking encyclopedias,quot; we need to teach them how to think creatively. (Sternberg, 2006)
    • Knowledge alone is NOT enough.
    • What’s Ahead… • Wikipedia on Wikipedia • New Literacies • 10 ideas for using Wikipedia
    • The Five Pillars of Wikipedia 1. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars
    • The Five Pillars of Wikipedia 2. Wikipedia must have a neutral point of view. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars
    • The Five Pillars of Wikipedia 3. Wikipedia is free content that anyone may edit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars
    • The Five Pillars of Wikipedia 4. Wikipedia has a Code of Conduct. Civility / Maturity / Responsibility Respect your fellow Wikipedians! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars
    • The Five Pillars of Wikipedia 5. Wikipedia does not have firm rules besides the five pillars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars
    • General Disclaimer WIKIPEDIA MAKES NO GUARANTEE OF VALIDITY http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:General_disclaimer
    • What Wikipedia is NOT  A paper encyclopedia  A guidebook  A dictionary  A textbook  A publisher of original  A crystal ball thought  A list of FAQs, plot  A soapbox summaries, lyrics, statisti cs, or news reports  A repository of links  Censored  A directory  A manual http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:NOT
    • WHO ARE THESE Wikipedians? Wikipedians are people who write and edit the pages for Wikipedia. Anyone can be a Wikipedian -- including you. Just click the edit link at the top of any page. Currently, 9.2 million+ named accounts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedians
    • This is where the REAL Who said information is. what and when. This is as far as Your chance to share most people get. your knowledge.
    • Researching With Wikipedia You should not use only Wikipedia for primary research (unless you are writing a paper about Wikipedia). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Researching_with_Wikipedia
    • Researching With Wikipedia Always be wary of any one single source Encyclopedias are secondary sources Check references http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Researching_with_Wikipedia
    • Searching For Truth With Triangulation
    • Featured Content The BEST that Wikipedia has to offer  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Featured_content
    • Grading Scheme http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Grading_scheme
    • http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Our_projects
    • Alternatives To Wikipedia Citizendium Knol from Google Encarta Encyclopedia Britannica Online
    • http://schools- wikipedia.org/
    • What are New Literacies? (Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, and Cammack, 2004)
    • IDENTIFY Important Questions
    • LOCATE Information
    • CRITICALLY EVALUATE Information
    • SYNTHESIZE Information
    • COMMUNICATE Answers
    • http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
    • + 5 Types of Evaluation Understanding 1. Relevancy 2. Accuracy 3. Reliability 4. Bias 5. (Coiro, 2006)
    • Ten Ideas for Using WIKIPEDIA
    • 1. WIKIPEDIA ON TRIAL • Determine the quot;crimequot; first by having the group generate a list of reasons why Wikipedia might be on trial. • Students play the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys, jury members, witnesses, and the judge.
    • 2. EVALUATE Create an evaluation tool for examining the quality of a Wikipedia entry.
    • 3. Socratic Seminar CONSIDER: •How is Wikipedia an example of Collective Knowledge? •What qualifies a person as an quot;expertquot; - in Wikipedia and in life? •What hidden purposes might there be for putting information in Wikipedia? Are they ethical?
    • 4. Wikipedia:Portal Portals are pages intended to serve as quot;Main Pagesquot; for specific topics or areas. They are meant for both readers and editors of Wikipedia, and should promote content and encourage contribution.
    • 5. Expanding a Stub http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Stub_sorting/Stub_types
    • 6. Debate A Wikipedia Policy Using formal debate rules, hold a debate on creating a school policy for or against the use of Wikipedia in school research.
    • Compare 7. Encyclopedias Traditional Paper Encyclopedias Citizendium Knol from Google Encarta Encyclopedia Britannica Online
    • 8. Find Inaccurate Information Challenge students to right the wrongs of the Wikipedia. However, do not encourage them to “write” the wrongs of Wikipedia.
    • 9. Track History View the history of an article when events of historical nature are taking place to see how quickly the entry is updated.
    • 10. Create / Edit Create / Edit the Wikipedia entry for your School, Community, or Organization
    • Critical Responsible Consumers Producers
    • + The Less You Share, The Less Power You Have.
    • One thing is clear. We don’t have the option of turning away from the future. No one gets to vote on whether technology is going to change our lives. Bill Gates The Road Ahead
    • THEIR STUDENTS AND WITH COLLEAGUES AROUND THE WORLD. TODAY IT IS LESS ABOUT STAYING AHEAD AND MORE ABOUT MOVING AHEAD AS MEMBERS OF DYNAMIC LEARNING COMMUNITIES. THE DIGITAL-AGE TEACHING PROFESSIONAL MUST DEMONSTRATE A VISION OF TECHNOLOGY INFUSION AND DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY SKILLS OF OTHERS. THESE ARE THE HALLMARKS OF THE NEW EDUCATION LEADER.” —Don Knezek, ISTE CEO, 2008
    • The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot LEARN, UNLEARN AND RELEARN.
    • The Future Is NOW!
    • tyvm brianhousand.googlepages.com