What's a Wiki?

So many of my students have been using Wiki sites for their research and bibliographies, that I thought it was time to say, “STOP IT!”
Seriously! A Wiki site is not a reliable source for valid information. All Wiki sites are created and edited by ANYONE. That’s right! ANYONE. Any person that has a computer and the internet can put information onto a wiki site. Wikipedia is an example of a wiki site in which many people can edit, collaborate, add and delete information. There are no actual “authors” of the content. For this reason wikis are not used in schools as a reliable resource for information. Oak Meadow, like most schools, does not accept their use.
However, it may be fun to participate in the process of a wiki. It is an evolving creation by many! Here is a link to get you started:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
 

Videos in your essays

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4BzonlVlw
ThePianoGuys.”The Cello Song – (Bach is back with 7 more cellos.)” YouTube. YouTube, 14 June 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.
Recently a student found it interesting to support his ideas about the music of the Renaissance by submitting some examples of its use in YouTube videos. I thought it was a great idea! It can be very useful to include a YouTube video, in an answer to an assignment, to support a thought or idea you have.
Go ahead and give it a try! It is important to make sure that you use the proper name of the video and that you cite where it came from. Based on MLA standards for other media formats, Oak Meadow asks that you use the following format. Here is the most acceptable form for citing YouTube videos:
Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Video.” Name of Website. Name of Website Publisher, date of posting. Medium. Date retrieved.

Here is an example of what that looks like:

Gravicembalo. “Italian Renaissance Music for Viola da Gamba Consort, La Gamba.” YouTube. YouTube, 2 June. 2012. Web. 10 Oct. 2013.
Make sure you include all the quotation marks, commas, italics, and periods in the proper places.

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