Wikipedia is a great resource of information about almost anything one is looking for. It is particularly full of academic and scholarly resources highly important for our students. Unfortunately, many teachers still ban their students from using this inestimable service. Their claim is that not all information included in it is reliable and it develops , above all, a lazy learning habit of copy and paste.
Well I would probably argue for the veracity of the first claim on the reliability of Wikipedia's information simply because , in part, there are several links and sources cited at the end of every page on Wikipedia which lead to other sources on the same information proving thus the accountability of the sources. The other reason in favour of this is Wikipedia 's higher page rank with search engines. Whenever you are looking for something in Google or other search engines chances are a Wikipedia article will pop up as the first result in the first page. As you probably know, being in the first three pages of a search engine rankings is something that takes years of hard work let alone being the first link in the first search result page. Search engines such as Google would never trust Wikipedia and provides it among the first answers to its users queries that count by billions everyday if Wikipedia articles are not reliable.
The real reason why teachers are still reluctant about the use of Wikipedia by their students might be due to a lack of a clear understanidng of how Wikipedia works. In this regard, I would refer you to these Awesome Wikipedia Free Tools to discover the potential of this website in education and would also recommend that you watch the video below and share it with your students. This video is created by Common Craft and has a great explanation of how Wikipedia works.
Click here to watch the video.