cathyjo@kathyschrock who looks for information? My kids today at school said they look at the citations in Wikipedia for links. LOL
kathyschrock@cathyjo I think looking at the citations in Wikipedia (when authors deign to put them) is a great way to get to the real info!cathyjo@kathyschrock thought it was pretty creative for the kids to use that as a defense for looking at wikipedia today too.
This is true conversation I had today with a virtual friend, Kathy Schrock. I was chiming in on another conversation, but just to add debate to it. I hadn’t followed the entire conversation, but had to add since it came up today with my kids. It’s research paper time, and the last few days we have been trying to get the kids to stick with our databases for authoritative information–trying to steer them clear of the free world wide web. But I overheard a student defend using Wikipedia today as he was pointing out the many citations for an article he was looking at. Funny. Isn’t that what we teach? Should Wikipedia be used to triangulate information? This student pointed to several newspapers and journal articles for his topic that he collected by looking it up in Wikipedia. He did not use Wikipedia, just their sources. Of course other kids jumped on his bandwagon.
Later this evening after the conversation with Kathy, I got a direct message from another expert library voice, Sarah Kelly Johns, AASL President from 2007-2008:
skjohns Glad to hear about the fires…whew….and I teach my students to look at the sources on Wikipedia, too…and to fact check the articles.