Reading the Richardson Chapter on Wikis was very interesting. Something that really stuck out to me was the section on Wikipedia. All throughout my schooling, teachers and professors have been telling me that using Wikipedia is not a trustworthy website. In fact, like Richardson mentioned, teachers would and still stress Wikipedia's inaccuracy due to the fact that anyone could edit the page, and they all would say that we should use it "as a starting point for [our] work, but not as a sole source" (Richardson 2010).
I found this section interesting because Richardson points out that Wikipedia is actually a pretty reliable source. He mentions how Professor Halavais, from the University of Buffalo, actually tested the reliability by planting 13 errors on various Wikipedia pages and how they were all corrected after a few hours (Richardson 2010). This study and the section contradict what many of my teachers have told me about Wikipedia. Reading this section made me realize how important it is for teachers to research and know about the tools that students are using before telling students whether or not they are good tools. The section also made me realize that Wikipedia is a good source for students to use to find out information. However, as with using any kind of source, it is important for students to know how to judge the accuracy of the information in the source.
Reading this section also made me realize how much can be done with Wikis. As the book mentioned, it is a great place for students to collaborate and create pages on various topics. Because my specialization is history, I can see the advantages of using Wikis in my classroom. I can have students write their own articles on things we are learning, and have them edit eachother's articles to check for accuracy. Also, when students change information on pages, I can have them give reasons as to why they made such a change and support it with factual information. Doing this can make learning about history more meaningful because they are creating something to teach others while learning themselves. I would definitely use Wikis in my classroom, and I think this is a great tool.