Teachers need to fully understand the nuts and bolts of Wikipedia and their strict requirements to contribute to the collaborative encyclopedia. Once teachers have a clear understanding of Wikipedia and what Wikipedia has to offer, they can better explain Wikipedia to their students and how to use it. No matter what, students are always going to find Wikipedia as one of the first sites on their search results. Teachers need to inform and teach students about Wikipedia and how they can use it as a research tool. Students can refer to the citations and sites to find other reliable sources. Teachers of middle school and high school can use Wikipedia as a stepping stone for critical thinking of what is a reliable and is not reliable and how to evaluate sites. Teachers can also use Wikipedia to teach students about the editing process using many of Wikipedia's editorial tutorials and reference guides. Students can produce their own written contribution about their school or community according to the Wikipedia writing criteria. I am looking forward to use Wikipedia as a teaching tool and inform my students what Wikipedia is and how it can be useful to them.
If you are foe of Wikipedia or you are on the fence, here is a helpful website I found on my investigation of ways to incorporate Wikipedia into the classroom.