Wikipedia – the #1 website all teachers hate

The Internet has been a part of my entire life. I may not have appreciated it when I was young, but as I grew up and examined the world from a screen, I realize I lived a privileged life. Having access to the Internet, especially Web 2.0, gave me the opportunity to read numerous blogs and websites filled with information. One website in particular, Wikipedia, impacted my educational life for the better and worse.

I remember attending middle school, hearing several teachers lecture my class about how Wikipedia was not a credible source. We all complained and demanded a reason, because anyone who had visited the site would understand how grand of a source this website/encyclopedia was. I, with my fellow classmates, learned that anyone could edit the Wiki articles. Rules have changed throughout the years about who can gain access to edit articles, etc; but it still was a fantastic website to learn about new information.

Whether it’s electric eels or the history of the Democratic party, Wikipedia can bring a wide variety of knowledge to anyone who accesses it. I still look forward to visiting this website when I plan on learning about a new topic. A tip for some skeptical users is to analyze an topic in a Wikipedia article and visit the source to see if it is reliable (sources for different points in Wikipedia articles are in the form of footnotes).