Wikipedia is one of the most popular free online encyclopedias written and maintained by volunteer netizens. Using an open collaboration system, Wikipedians authors and edit entries thus create a vast repository of human knowledge that can be easily accessed anytime anywhere. However, most of our students ignore the fact that Wikipedia has numerous sister sites that use the same system of open collaboration to create and create educational content. These sites are part of the Wikimedia Project, which aims to make knowledge available to everyone at no cost. In today’s post I am sharing with you some of the Wikimedia sites that I believe students will find particularly useful.
This is a free online dictionary that allows you to search online in different languages and on various platforms including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Wikiwix and MediaWiki.
Wikibooks is a “collaborative book writing website, where users from around the world work together to write textbooks and other types of instructional books on a wide range of topics. This is a Wikimedia project, run by the same group of people who run Wikipedia.”
Wikiquote is “a free online collection of quotations from notable people and creative works in each language, translations of non-English quotes and links to Wikipedia for further information”.
Wikiversity is a “Wikimedia Foundation project dedicated to teaching resources, learning projects and research in all levels, types and styles of education, from pre-school to university, including vocational training and non-formal education.”
Wikimedia Commons is a “media file repository that provides public domain and freely licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone. It serves as a general repository for all Wikimedia projects, but that content can be used by anyone, anywhere, For any purpose. “
Wikivoyage is a “free worldwide travel guide that you can edit. Wikipedia’s official, non-commercial sister site for tourist destinations, activities, recipes and accommodations around the world”.
This is a free species directory that is open to everyone to edit. It hosts more than 700,000 articles covering life, plants, fungi, bacteria, archaea, protista and many other types of life.