Posted by jlfeldhaus on February 18th, 2008
I have to write a couple of lessons that deal with Jamestown and the Powhatan Indians for an elementary education class I’m taking. So I figured some related wikipedia pages would be fun to look through. for this post.
The page on the history of Virginia is actually pretty good as far as I can tell. It’s very detailed and sites specific sources. Under the discussion tab, I like idea of being able to rate the pages and discuss what could be added. There were only a few things under the discussion tab for the history of Virginia page. Most changes people wanted to see were pretty minor. The page on the Powhatan people is also fairly good.
Wikipedia is useful for things like finding initial sources, or learning a little about a topic before diving into it. It’s just important to remember that it is put together by people that aren’t necessarily scholars on the subject. As long as you look at it critically, I really don’t see a huge problem with it. ♥