Wikipedia and sharing

One of the comments from my last post (thanks Margaret) reports a school blocking Wikipedia because it allows anyone to edit content. This is not good news for teacher librarians. Let’s hope it’s a rare occurrence (but let me know if you think it’s not by posting a comment). One of the great benefits of Wikipedia is that it allows students to question the source they are using and it can encourage students to double check sources by comparing Wikipedia entries with other sources e.g. Encarta  This also raises the question about the reliability of sources such as Encarta – who decides what goes in and what does not?

One of the principles of Wikipedia is sharing and because I got some very good feedback about my photo of Dunbar Harbour in one of my first posts, I’ve put some more on Flickr the photo sharing site and you can see my photos by clicking here.

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