Thursday, July 10, 2008

[TIPS] If you can't beat it (wikipedia), join it

Many thanks to Carol Johnson for sharing this one with me via email this morning.

http://www.cbc.ca/cp/Home+Family/080702/U070208AU.html

I LOVE this idea. LOVE IT! Teachers fight the battle of kids writing term papers and copying (Sorry- PARAPHRASING) articles from Wikipedia. One teacher's solution - instead of a term paper, write a wikipedia article. BRILLIANT!

Why is it brilliant? First, a wikipedia article must be very well written in order to stay there. Second, the article must be well documented - from sources OTHER THAN Wikipedia. Third, if this isn't writing for an authentic audience, then what is?

Brilliant! Read the article.

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