the world is our audience
Listen to the sound of Wikipedia's recent changes feed. Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots.
Why are students only producing work for teachers or for their class when they could be participating in the largest & most used reference source in human history? ... and it is free. Technology integration through "Participatory Culture" (Henry Jenkins) [1:37 MIT video here] empowers us for future civic engagement, to move us from being just information consumers to becoming creative contributors. Contributing to Wikipedia also enables technology integration through a Connectivist model [cf Behaviourism, Cognitivism & Constructivism] that provides deeper insight into the complex digital world we are a part of.
Outcomes for students:
Outcomes for students:
- Rather than telling students to avoid Wikipedia, participating by editing gives them a deep appreciation for how Wikipedia works. The benefits & shortcomings of Wikipedia will become self-evident.
- "Young people who create and circulate their own media are more likely to respect the intellectual property rights of others because they feel a greater stake in the cultural economy" [p12 Henry Jenkins, Pew research].
- "David Buckingham argues that young people’s lack of interest in news and their disconnection from politics reflects their per- ception of disempowerment." [ p12 ]
- Writing for a real audience is an authentic experience in writing for students & teachers.
- Students are able to participate in discussions via Wikipedia [Talk tab] where editors discuss changes & provide feedback.
- Create quality content in local languages including Lao [1000+ articles].
- Engage students in a "Participatory Culture" through civic engagement. Change from consumers to contributors by creating & sharing their knowledge with the global community.
- Increasing & diversifying participation in knowledge creation.
- Encourages an environment of open-knowledge.
where do we start?
TIPS and TRICKS:
- Get your contributions to stick >> cite your source with in-text citations >> [here's how]. How long will your contribution remain online? Edits without citations are frequently removed.
- Write an edit summary especially when deleting (reverted) content. This will make it more likely that your edit is not reverted.
- No need to create a whole new page. Start by editing existing pages.
- Build your editor credentials by developing a history of well referenced edits.
- Start small. Add one piece of information or one sentence with references and monitor responses to that edit.
Source of the background image: Peter Theony, "Yesterday I went to the Wikimedia Foundation offices in San Francisco for a Wiki Wednesday event. I took a photo of the iconic Wikipedia logo, here seen hanging at the wall as a 3D model." Flickr.com
Wikipedia: The world is your audience. by Philip Williams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.