Wikipedia is one of the most popular free online encyclopedias written and maintained by volunteer netizens. Using a system of open collaboration, Wikipedians author and edit entries thus creating a huge repository of human knowledge that can be easily accessed anywhere anytime. However, what most of our students overlook is the fact that Wikipedia has numerous sister sites that also use the same system of open collaboration in curating and producing educational content. These sites are part of Wikimedia Projects whose goal is to make knowledge accessible to everyone at no cost. In today’s post I am sharing with you some of the Wikimedia’s sites that I believe students will particularly find helpful.
This is a free online dictionary that allows you to conduct online search in different languages and across various platforms including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Wikiwix, and MediaWiki.
Wikibooks is “a collaborative book authoring website, where users from all over the world work together to write textbooks and other types of instructional books on many topics. It is a Wikimedia project, operated by the same group of people who run Wikipedia,”
Wikiquote is “a free online compendium of sourced quotations from notable people and creative works in every language, translations of non-English quotes, and links to Wikipedia for further information”.
Wikiversity is “a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning”.
Wikimedia Commons is “a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to all. It acts as a common repository for all Wikimedia projects, but the content can be used by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose.”
Wikivoyage is a “free worldwide travel guide that you can edit. The official, non-commercial sister site of Wikipedia for sightseeing, activities, cuisine and accommodation around the world”.
This is a free species directory that is open to everyone to edit. It hosts over 700.000 articles covering Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Protista, and several other forms of life.