I had a discussion with a district administrator the other day regarding Wikis. When I described them to him, he was concerned that the concept promotes the mass dissemination of misinformation. Anybody can write anything, unvetted, and be published for the world to see.
Of course this can happen, and has been happening as long as there has been writing. And as educators we teach critical inspection of sources. But do technologies such as Wikis cross a line, making it too easy to do?
Realistically, all but a small number of Wikis will never be read by other than a very limited number of people, so in practice it is not an issue (for now). But how does this affect what we do with our students?
The same questions have arisen when people first started making their own web pages, writing blogs, etc. As it gets easier and easier, and more and more sophisticated in capability, how does it alter the landscape and how we react to it with students?
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