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Wikipedia "Tools and Resources" for instructors

Wikipedia "Tools and Resources" for instructors | technologies |
If you’re interested in adding a Wikipedia assignment to your course, we can help. Our staff has been supporting the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada since 2010. In…
John Dalziel's insight:
There's a high probability that readers of this post use Wikipedia but, if they are Education Practitioners, will tell their Learners not to! 
That's the reason for this post! 
Wikipedia has long been the bane of most educators – resulting in the... 
"don’t believe everything you read on the internet because anyone can publish anything" movement. 
While Wikipedia provides subject matter for teaching... 
  - credibility, 
  - authority, 
  - source citations, 
...and more 
The idea of actually using Wikipedia to explicitly teach research is less common. This is where Wikipedia "Tools and Resources" for instructors comes in. 
Over the last 7 years, the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada, have collected user experiences and feedback to put together some guidelines and training for practitioners and their learners. 
Guidelines include... 
  - Resources for instructors 
  - Getting students ready 
  - Subject-specific handouts 
  - Classroom handouts and 
  - Designing assignments 
This is just a taste of what's on offer. 
Find out more on the WikiEdu home page at
GwynethJones's curator insight, July 11, 10:18 PM

As I've been saying for 6 years, Wikipedia Is Not Wicked!

LOVE this!

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Kiwix - an offline reader for web content

Kiwix - an offline reader for web content | technologies |
Kiwix enables you to have the whole Wikipedia at hand wherever you go! You don't need Internet, everything is stored on your computer, USB flash drive or DVD!
John Dalziel's insight:

Kiwix is an offline reader for web content.
It's software intended to make Wikipedia available without using the internet, but it is potentially suitable for all HTML content.
Kiwix supports the ZIM format, a highly compressed open format with additional meta-data.
Kiwix is free software, which means you can freely copy, modify and distribute it.
Kiwix is mostly installed in schools, universities and libraries which can't afford a broadband Internet access.
It is much faster than the Internet and also can be used by many institutions to save bandwidth and reader's time.
But many people use Kiwix for their own personal purposes, for example, of people suffering from censorship or prisoners.
One for OLASS to consider.

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Chemcraft:Periodic Table

Learners will already know just how involved chemistry can be. Protons, neutrons, electrons, electron shells, covalent bonds – the list goes on and on.


Chemcraft:Periodic Table is a periodic table app worth a closer look. It contains over 30 details about each known element and it's designed with learners in mind.

Features such as...
- graphical representation of important proprieties,
- a web browser linked to Wikipedia for more information,
- a built-in calculator and
- a "how-to" guide to help in any situation.


The elements can be arranged...
- alphabetically,
- by atomic number or
- by element category
...helping the user better remember the details.

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Histropedia - The Timeline of Everything

Histropedia - The Timeline of Everything | technologies |
Discover a new way to visualise Wikipedia.
Choose from over 1.5 million events to create and share timelines in minutes.
John Dalziel's insight:

Histropedia is an interactive to that grabs content from wikipedia and presents it as a combination of...
   - timelines,
   - maps and
   - trends.
This enables "visual learners" to explore historical events visually rather than wading through information.
It's a good idea to click the "Featured Timelines" to get an idea of Histropedias potential.
Double clicking any panel lets users switch between content on Wikipedia and other sites like, for example, YouTube.

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PEDIAPHON EN | technologies |
Readout Wikipedia with Pediaphon
John Dalziel's insight:

If your learners travel a lot, they may want to listen to Wikipedia articles. Pediaphon provides a way to do this.
Learners need to enter the specific article name, or they will simply get an MP3 file of a page of links to possible matches for their search term.
They should go to Wikipedia first, find their article, and then enter the exact article name in the edit box.
Next they should select the type of voice from the voice drop-down list and the speed at which they want the voice to speak from the speaking speed drop-down list.
Then they should select MP3 download/Podcast/old iPhone/Shoutcast from the last drop-down list (other formats are also available). Finally Clicking start.
To save the file to disk, they should right-click on the MP3 link and select Save Link As from the popup menu, and use the dialog box that displays to select a location for the file and to save it.
It's as easy as that.

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Diffen - Compare Anything

Diffen - Compare Anything | technologies |
X versus Y - Comparison of and Difference Between any two things...


I'll bet a practitioner somewhere is asking learners to create a t-chart, Venn diagram or another chart for comparing and contrasting.


Diffen provides another on line tool to help learners of all ages develop this important skill.


Diffen is a collection of comparison charts for users to peruse and/or update/create.


Designed as a wiki, Diffen's topics are limited to what users have contributed. However, the wiki format makes it an ideal tool for getting learners to create their own comparison charts.

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