MSNBC.com has an intriguing article today on a college professor’s use of Wikipedia in her classes. In short, rather than having her students write a final paper for her class, they either have to write an original Wikipedia article or do major revisions to an existing one. Wow! This would be a great assignment for any K-12 classroom as well. Dr. Groom notes the quality of the work her students are doing in Wikipedia exceeds what they were doing on traditional papers. Below are my thoughts on why this is such a wonderful idea:
1. Authentic audience = increased engagement = higher quality work
2. Student work now benefits all of the humanity rather than just enriching the knowledge of the teacher
3. Students learn to how to view information critically so that they can both create their own credible work and improve on what is already out there
What else can you add?