The Pros and Cons of Ms. LudwigHamden Hall Country Day School
What do you think of Wikipedia?Write down 3-5 thoughts or opinions you haveabout Wikipedia. You might want to addresswhether or not you:● use Wikipedia● like Wikipedia● trust Wikipedia● cite Wikipedia articles in your research
What is Wikipedia?● An online encyclopedia● It has a neutral point of view● Its free and no one "owns" it● People who use it should be respectful and civil● It does not have firm rulesThese are the Five Pillars of WikipediaLets figure out what each one means.
EncyclopediaWhat kind of information can be found in anencyclopedia?What is the difference between primary andsecondary sources? Which kind does anencyclopedia have?What is "original scholarship?"
Neutral point of viewWhat does that mean?What is bias?How can different people have different pointsof view? What can affect your POV?
Free and openWhy is this so important to Wikipedia?How does this make Wikipedia different fromother sources of information?How do you think this affects the informationyou can find on Wikipedia?
Respect and civilityWhat does this mean?Why is this so important?
No firm rulesWhat the heck does THIS mean?Why would an organization not want to havefirm rules?
More basicsSee alsoNotesReferencesFurther readingExternal links
Some questionsWhat do NOTES and REFERENCES tell usabout an article?What is AUTHORITY? How can we apply thatconcept to a Wikipedia article?
Who can edit or write an article?Anyone!You must use the Wikipedia manual of styleA limited number of Administrators are editorswith more control. They can LOCK articles,DELETE users, REDIRECT articles, etc.There is a "counter-vandalism unit." Volunteersexplore Wikipedia articles to addressvandalism.
FlagsWould you use this article? Why is the flagthere?
Time to debate!Class will be divided into two groups. Eachgroup must select one note-taker. You have 10minutes to formulate your arguments andevidence.Group 1: PRO WikipediaGroup 2: ANTI Wikipedia
Debate rulesGroup 1 will lead off with their first argument;Group 2 will counter. Ms. Ludwig willadjudicate.Each argument will continue until Ms. Ludwigcalls an end to the argument (usually becausethe evidence has been exhausted)Then, Group 2 will lead off with an argumentand Group 2 will counter.Well continue to swap back and forth until
What do you think now?Write down what you think of Wikipedia nowthat were done. Please reflect on some ofthese questions:● What do you think of Wikipedia?● Will you use it?● What will you use it for?● How will you use it?