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Teaching Information Literacy with Wikipedia

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This is a presentation I gave to the Marlborough Boys College/Marlborough Girls College Cluster teachers only day. It is divided into four sections:
1. What is Wikipedia?
2. Why does Wikipedia matter?
3. Analysing the anatomy of an article
4. Projects in the classroom

The forth section needs expansion, to fulfill the title's promise.

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Teaching Information Literacy with Wikipedia

  1. 1. Teaching information literacy with Wikipedia Matt Lane [email_address] Thanks to Brianna Laugher ( http://tr.im/iMj9 ) Teachers Only Day April 9 2009 Marlborough Boys College/ Marlborough Girls College Cluster Blenheim
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is Wikipedia? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does Wikipedia matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Analysing the anatomy of an article </li></ul><ul><li>Projects in the classroom </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1. What is Wikipedia?
  4. 4. 0.9. Wikimedia Foundation
  5. 5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_foundation
  6. 8. 1. What is Wikipedia? <ul><li>Encyclopedia </li></ul>
  7. 9. 1. What is Wikipedia? <ul><li>Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul>
  8. 10. 1. What is Wikipedia? <ul><li>Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>Not-for-profit </li></ul>
  9. 11. 1. What is Wikipedia? <ul><li>Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>Not-for-profit </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-lingual </li></ul>
  10. 12. 1. What is Wikipedia? <ul><li>Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>Not-for-profit </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-lingual </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul>
  11. 13. W ikipedia is a w iki Proper noun is a noun
  12. 14. What are media? <ul><li>“ Tools used to store and deliver information”: </li></ul><ul><li>One to one </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice, mail, telegrams, telephony, email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One to many (broadcasting) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shouting, writing, books, newspapers, radio, film, television, websites </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Media bottlenecks Voice Writing Newspapers Books Film Television/radio Website Voice box Scribes (-1439) Printing press (1439-) Publisher (Binders, distributors, bankroll) Film studio (Directors, producers, editors, film) Channel (Frequency) Web administrator Broadcast tool Bottleneck
  14. 16. <ul><ul><li>“ ...not all technical innovations bring heretofore unimagined functionality… Some, and in my opinion the most valuable, take what 10% of the population had previously been able to do and make that capability available to 90% of the population. That’s what blogs and wikis have done. And this creates network effects&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- David Wiley </li></ul>The democratisation of media
  15. 17. Media bottlenecks? Voice Writing Newspapers Books Film Television/radio Website Voice box Scribes (-1439) Printing press (1439-) Publisher (Binders, distributors, bankroll) Film studio (Directors, producers, editors, film) Channel (Frequency) Web administrator Broadcast tool Bottleneck
  16. 18. 1. What is Wikipedia? <ul><li>Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>Not-for-profit </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-lingual </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul>
  17. 19. 1. What is Wikipedia? Wikipedia is an online, not-for-profit, multi-lingual, free, wiki-encyclopedia
  18. 20. 2. Why does Wikipedia matter?
  19. 21. 2. Why does Wikipedia matter?
  20. 22. 2. Why does Wikipedia matter? 1. “If they’re going to do it, let’s make sure they do it safely”
  21. 23. 2. Why does Wikipedia matter? 2. The lessons we learn using Wikipedia are applicable to all information we encounter
  22. 24. 2. Why does Wikipedia matter? 2. The lessons we learn using Wikipedia are applicable to all information we encounter (=critical analysis)
  23. 25. 2. Why does Wikipedia matter? 3. Wikipedia is a useful resource
  24. 26. 2. Why does Wikipedia matter? <ul><li>They’re going to use it </li></ul><ul><li>We can teach critical analysis </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a useful resource </li></ul>
  25. 27. 3. Analysing the anatomy of an article
  26. 32. 3. Analysing the anatomy of an article <ul><li>Article </li></ul>
  27. 34. 3. Analysing the anatomy of an article <ul><li>Article </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
  28. 37. 3. Analysing the anatomy of an article <ul><li>Article </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Edit </li></ul>
  29. 39. 3. Analysing the anatomy of an article <ul><li>Article </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Edit </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul>
  30. 41. Timestamp
  31. 42. User/IP
  32. 43. Edit summary
  33. 44. Edit summary
  34. 55. 4. Projects in the classroom
  35. 56. 4. Projects in the classroom Checking references
  36. 58. 4. Projects in the classroom Evaluating articles
  37. 59. 4. Projects in the classroom <ul><li>Evaluating articles </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy (checking references </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Depth </li></ul>
  38. 60. 4. Projects in the classroom Analysing the collaborative process
  39. 61. 4. Projects in the classroom <ul><li>Checking references </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating articles </li></ul><ul><li>Analysing the collaborative process </li></ul>
  40. 62. Teaching information literacy with Wikipedia Matt Lane [email_address] Thanks to Brianna Laugher Teachers Only Day April 9 2009 Marlborough Boys College/ Marlborough Girls College Cluster Blenheim

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