Why assign students to write essays that are only seen by you (and maybe a few peers and family members), when you could have them contribute to the world's largest, free encyclopedia?!
Why I love this:
- Your students immediately see that the work they are doing for your class matters--they are building and sharing knowledge with hundreds of millions of people.
- Your students learn a practical skill--how to post on Wikipedia in particular (and on a website more generally).
- Your students work is easily sharable--all they have to do is send a URL to their parents, schools to which they are applying, or a potential employer.
- It provides free, real world assessment--WIkipedia has a community of editors who will check the facts, references, and language that your students post.