Alloway Librarian Bill Badke's article, “Stepping Beyond Wikipedia,” (Educational Leadership March 2009) has been selected for inclusion in a new ASCD e-book entitled Challenging the Whole Child: Reflections on Best Practices in Learning, Teaching, and Leadership, the second in a series of Whole Child e-books.
In this article Badke examines the phenomena of Wikipedia in relation to the teaching of information literacy skills in high school students. He cites the large-scale influence of the Internet on information access in the 21st-century but warns about a lack of discernment by student Internet users. In his conclusion, Badke reminds educators that:
When students' first step in any learning task is to think about information, their skill in acquiring and using available resources will grow. The result will be literate students who are able to handle the demands of our information-based age.
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