Thursday, March 29, 2007

[TIPS] An official wikipedia policy

Someone just sent this to me. It's a direct quote from their technology newsletter:

"The major problem with Wikipedia is that often times incorrect information is entered by users either intentionally or unintentionally. There have also been reports of inappropriate messages being posted in place of accurate information on
certain topics. Because of this possibility, most school districts, including ours has blocked Wikipedia from its list of approved websites. Wikipedia is still a good resource, but make sure your students realize the information they receive from wikipedia.org may not be correct and they should verify their information with another source."
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It is blocked now and forever more, as far as the current leadership is concerned.

I'd LOVE to read that a parent group has formed to sue that district to have them open it up. Agreed - don't cite it, but DO use it for its external resources, if NOTHING else. DO TEACH the kids about it. But DON'T BLOCK IT!, for crying out loud!!! ARGHHHHH!!!!!

1 comment:

Chris Champion said...

In the interest of condoning only correct sources of information, I would like to propose that the following books should not be used in a classroom due to their inaccurate information:

http://www.google.com/search?q=+textbook+errata

Tongue in cheek, of course. There are 274,000 hits for "textbook errata" in Google. I learned the meaning of errata the hard way when I was studying for my Windows 2000 certifications. One of my textbooks had a clear error - in the "take this pre-test just before you take the real test". One of the answers was WRONG WRONG WRONG... luckily, I wasn't using it as my only source and I caught the error. Sure enough, when I checked the textbook manufacturer's website, the error was listed in the errata.

How many teachers/curriculum boards check for errata prior to using the books? It should be everyone. And then go take a pen to the textbook and make the changes, or as is in one of my textbooks, tear out a page and glue in a new one!