Someone emailed me to ask me about this today, so I updated my slides and emailed it to him — and here’s a copy for all of you, too!
Thanks for posting this!!! I attended your presentation at the Computers in Libraries conference (which was great) and hoped you would. I started using your format with our 8th graders today. I wanted them to get their hands “dirty” right away so I showed them how to make an edit in Wikipedia and asked them to go out and find a Wikipedia article on something they care about (and hopefully know something about) and make an edit (a thoughtful, serious, edit). They probably think I did that to prove how easy it is to make edits, but actually I am more interested in having them track what happens to their edits. We’ll see… I asked them to describe to me their edit and give me the URL. The next time I do this I’ll probably ask them to fill out a Google form and require them to paste in the exact text that they edited plus the URL.
I’m so excited to hear that you’re trying this out with your 8th graders. How’s it going since you wrote this? I really love the idea of having the students make edits. Let me know how this ends up, because I’m hoping to expand the Wikipedia unit into middle school. Thanks so much for the comment!
OK, Sarah.. I stopped by your blog & am getting caught up on your posts. GREAT Stuff, sweetie! I’m gonna try this with my kids next fall! BTW, did you ever see my Wikipedia Is Not Wicked Comic? http://goo.gl/dwpMJ Take, use, share – it’s all CC!
Thank you! And OMG, your comic is great! I’m totally going to use it with my 6th graders–thank you so much. 🙂
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