Blog Post


Is Wikipedia gaining more credibility? Many of my colleagues seem to think so. Last night, during class, there were lengthy discussions on how Wikipedia is now accepted in certain academic circles as credible because of constant monitoring and updating by experts in the various subjects and on the myriad of topics.  Years ago, many were the warnings for any serious academic to refrain from the use of Wikipedia. That seems to be changing now, at least, in some circles of academia. Wikipedia is now seen as credible. What peaked my interest in this discussion was that children are capable of playing the role of experts who update and monitor the information on Wikipedia. This opportunity that Wikipedia provides to the young experts does not only build their knowledge and confidence as experts in their respective fields but is inclusive and makes them active participants in the knowledge-building process. These young participants are also able to envision possibilities of knowledge production in which they are again active participants.

Kahoot! Yes we are in cahoots with each other in using this educational tool. It is a fun digital tool for promoting literacies in the classroom.We played this game by logging on with our mobile phones and then competing to answer literacy-related questions that were posed and posted on the big screen. A word to the game, very educational and interactive.

Another highlight of last night's class was the TED talk inspired discussion on how to make an impact on literacy without having a big budget. From the provision of mobile libraries with digital tools to needy communities, and issues around Internet access, we witnessed impact being made around the world with small budgets.

Finally, we learned about PADLET, a kind of interactive platform on which collaborations of all kinds takes place. PADLET can be used in the classsroom for a variety of purposes. For younger classes, PADLET can be used to create portfolios to share with parents, Snap pictures of student work and share them.
PADLET can be used as a blog. Students are able to sort pictures on Padlet and classify them. PADLET can also be used as a class backchannel for discussions.

Great tools, great class, great discussions! On the whole, a very edifying night.



Hi Mike, Thanks so much for this blog.   Let me recommend two more to you and your readers:

This one from 2007 is an open letter to the President of Middlebury College who wanted to "ban wikipedia" from classrooms.  HASTAC led the way in saying, don't ban it, improve it!  Make it part of classes.


And then here is a blog about the work of Professor Juana Maria Rodriguez who has turned her LGBT classes into writing seminars where her students do original research and contribute to or add new Wikipedia entries on LGBT performance artists and scholars, such as the later Jose Munoz:




Thank you so much for the recommendations.