I Like Wikipedia, Okay?

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The chapter "Digital School" in Thompson's book, Smarter Than You Think is all too real for all of us in this class right now. I found myself relating to this chapter in pretty much every different situation that Thompson was talking about. Take the example that he used to bring up that teachers must now teach how to find creditable sources. The students always choose the first few links in a Google search even though they were wildly uncredited. I must say that I am guilty of doing this and am an avid user of Wikipedia which is known to be misguided sometimes.

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The chapter starts out with discussing the Khan Academy and how students are improving by this method of teaching. I was impressed by the way Thompson was describing some of the students (they seem to know a lot more about math than I do). These students are improving and learning at a quicker rate because the teacher has implemented technology into the classroom. There seems to be a good balance between live lecture and technology in the classroom.

https://www.khanacademy.org/If

If you think about it, isn't that exactly what we are doing in this class? Some lecture and tons of work with technology such as InDesign?
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(I still think those kids might be smarter than us. But then again, maybe we are just "smarter than you think." -was that too much? I've been told I'm not that good at telling a joke....oh, well)

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Gavin Oliver's picture

Wikipedia rocks, in my

Wikipedia rocks, in my opinion, but I now try to limit myself to using it only outside of school, or when using it for school, to just visit the links provided at the bottom of the page. It's so easy and readily available, though!

tpom13's picture

You definitely brought up a

You definitely brought up a good point about finding well credited sources. I use wikipedia all too much as well, and I click the link knowing that I shouldn't trust it, but it just compiles the information so neatly. It is important though to know not to use it as a source in a paper.
Good Job!

kpyfrom's picture

"These students are improving

"These students are improving and learning at a quicker rate because the teacher has implemented technology into the classroom. There seems to be a good balance between live lecture and technology in the classroom." I really liked this part of your blog! And I agree with you about wiki!

kglasso's picture

I like Wikipedia too!

hey I like Wikipedia too! it's a bummer that it's not always a credible source but I often find myself reading their answers first before finding an answer elsewhere. It's also the first thing that comes up so how can we not take a glance at it!