I came across this great lesson idea on FactCheckED.org and had to share it.
This lesson has students examine wikipedia to determine if it can be a reliable source of information.
As teachers, how do we feel about allowing students to use wikipedia for research? Many teachers will not allow it’s use and will give students failing grades for citing it. I’m confused by this. Isn’t the point of research to collect information and data from a variety of sources? As long as students do not use just wikipedia then I don’t see the problem. If what they read on a wikipedia site matches information read elsewhere, why can’t it not be used? As educators we need to be more open-minded when students want to use web 2.0 tools in school. Instead of denying their use, embrace them and make them work for you and your students. Teach students how to determine the reliability of any website, whether it is a wiki or any other site.
I came across the article above last week and couldn’t believe what I was reading. The RIAA is now saying that even though you purchase a CD you do not have the rights to rip the CD to your computer.
I’m confused. I was under the impression that if you bought a CD you had bought the right to rip it so that you can listen to the music in other media formats. Now this is not the case? There has to be a point when you have paid for the rights to enjoy a song. And exactly what does this do for education and digital storytelling. It has been my policy to show students and teachers how to rip a song down to computer format so they can include 30 seconds of it into a digital story. Copyright allows such a use for the purpose of education. What will have to happen to the copyright laws once this ridiculous act is passed?
I would hope that I am not the only educator upset by this proposed Act. Unfortunately, until we make a stand as a group of individuals (boycott cd’s, picket music stores, write letters to the editor, etc) the RIAA will keep passing ridiculous acts right below our noses.
I just realized that one of my favorite magazines, Discover, now has an archive section dating back to 1992. All of this is available on their website for free. You don’t even need to subscribe and login to access the information.
This magazine contains many interesting articles on a variety of subjects including Heath & Medicine, Technology, Space, Mind & Brain, Physics, Math, Living World and many others. This site could be in the classroom for student research along with other internet and library resources.
As the world advances into the 21st Century, educators have to constantly be aware of what changes are taking place. Many students in this era have cell phones, pda’s, laptops, ipods, psp’s and various other gadgets available to them. The question for educators is do we fight this gadget war and deny these tools in schools or welcome them with open arms taking advantage of the technology these toys have to offer. Many school administrators feel there is more harm in allowing certain electronic devices in the building then there are benefits. Others, however, advocate the use in school and think of innovative ways these tools could be used to improve upon preexisting classroom strategies.
I am interested to see what others have to say in regards to these devices. Do you advocate the use of cell phones, ipods, psp’s, pda’s and even laptops in school or are you an opponent? Let’s hear your thoughts….