Wikipedia can be manipulated to help our students in a couple of different ways. By choosing “simple english” from the left-hand column, the text can be simplified and filtered so that it is easier to read and more topic specific. Near the top of the same column Wikipedia will facilitate creating an exportable, accessible e-text in any language. These functions allow educators to easily create text material that is not only accessible for all, but current.
Will there be a mistake in some Wikipedia articles? Yes, sometimes there are. The benefit is that they are not in a text that will not be changed until the next adoption year. Another concern expressed occasionally is the accuracy of the contributors. The process to contribute to an article is different depending on the subject. To contribute to any article requires an account and log-in. For more information on who can contribute as well as the rules and guidelines, follow this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About Many of the articles that we as educators are asking students to research are additionally protected from public editing. These are articles relating to most of the topics that would be found in a textbook and are written and edited by published experts in that field. To verify that you are using one of these articles, look in the right-hand corner of the article title line for this symbol.
If you would like a tutorial on these functions, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you that pdf!