A Wikipedia is a Web-based Wiki where information is crowd-sourced. In other words, volunteers write, edit, and maintain the roughly 5 million articles. “Anyone with Web access can edit Wikipedia, and this openness encourages inclusion of a tremendous amount of content. About 73,000 editors—from expert scholars to casual readers—regularly edit Wikipedia” (Wikipedia, 2015, Wikipedia contributors).

Here are examples on how Wikipedia can best be used in the classroom:

  • Preresearch
  • Locating source articles
  • Contributing to Wikipedia
  • Editing Wikipedia articles
  • Exploring information bias

Essential Requirements

Wikis will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as an iPad or mobile phone.


The only equipment needed is a computer, smart phone, or iPod with a Web browser.

Learning resources information

Key Web links

Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand Wikipedia and its capabilities.


Here are a number of great ideas for using Wikipedia in a education environment.

Wikipedia in Education Discussion

Here are articles that discuss using Wikipedia in a education environment.


Here are instructions for adding to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia Video Tutorials

Here is a collection of videos that will help you contribute to Wikipedia. Wikipedia uses MediaWiki as the software application, therefore, the video tutorials on the Wiki page apply.

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