The solar-system-shaking news that Pluto is no longer considered a planet sent wikipedia writers scrambling to ammend the online encyclopedia’s definition of Pluto.
As for textbook publishers, that’s a whole other can of worms that you can read about here. (excerpt: "If you're looking for the most accurate information about the solar system, the Internet trumps science textbooks.")
I’ve been considering using wikis in my classroom, and have been doing some research on how to set one up. Over at the MAET showcase, there’s an informative, easy-to-download powerpoint that explains what a wiki is, and how educators can use wikis as a classroom tool.
Want some info on the use of wikis in the classroom? Check out these del.ico.us links.
Other helpful links are as follows: Edublogs, which offers free wikispace, Freeware Wiki, Pbwiki for educators, and a review of pbwiki via edugadget. And last, but not least: a very helpful link for tech teachers: Edugadget
Does anyone else use wikis in the classroom? If so, do you have any tips for the novice wiki-ette?
Update: Want to read a great article on Wikipedia? Check out the 31 July, 2006 issue of The New Yorker article entitled "Know It All: Can Wikipedia conquer expertise?" This piece argues the pros and cons of wikipedia. A must-read for all educators.