Create an entry in a LocalWiki
Students create an entry in the Fremont Wiki - http://localwiki.net/fremont. Students incorporate information literacy concepts, have hands-on experience conducting research, and create actual content on the Internet [while also learning how easy it is for anyone to change that content]. It could also be a great chance to get students into local museums and archives.
Information Literacy concepts:
- Finds Information (ACRL 2, SCONUL 3&4, ANZIL 2&4, ANCIL 5)
- Evaluates (ACRL 3, SCONUL 5, ANZIL 3, ANCIL 4)
- Uses Information (ACRL 4, SCONUL 7, ANZIL 5, ANCIL 8&9)
- Ethics (ACRL 5, SCONUL 6, ANZIL 6, ANCIL 7)
- Authority is Constructed / Contextual (Frame 1)
- Information Creation as Process (Frame 2)
- Research as Inquiry (Frame 4)
- Scholarship as Conversation (Frame 5)
- Searching as Strategic Exploration (Frame 6)
This would be greatly strengthened taught in a learning community. Could work well with English, History, Journalism, LGBT History, and more.
If there isn't one in your town, a LocalWiki is easy to set up. You can also contact the folks who run it who graciously supply their wonderful support. https://localwiki.org One of the exciting things this does is to get some of this history out of the archives into to a wider audience. See Oakland Wiki http://oaklandwiki.org/ for an incredibly dynamic example.
I really like the idea of
I really like the idea of adding information to local or subject specific wiki, because Wikipedia can be very intimidating and time-consuming. I understand that Wikipedia has its coalition of very active editors that will revert or delete your content if it doesn't comply to the Wikipedia standards, which can teach students (in a very real way) that citations and authoritative information is important. But the flip side of that is the wiki-speak and jargon, the fighting among editors, the technology learning curve (which I think is higher than other wikis), and the lack of support from current editors. Save for an in-person Wikipedia edit-a-thon surrounding a particular topic with a friendly group, Wikipedia may present cognitive distractions that inhibit learning. Using a local wiki not only connects students to their local communities, but, I imagine, presents less distractions and more opportunity to learn.
This is a great idea.
This is a great idea. Students adding to a public forum, such as a local wiki, might be more likely to extend themselves to do a credible job. And, it could be both exciting and rewarding for them to see how they can participate directly in the creation of knowledge. I see this project having a particular impact in the area of journalism, or in the use and promotion of a local archive. The project also allows each person to focus on an area or subject of particular interest to themselves, thereby increasing a connection to their contribution.