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Bringing Learning into Facebook via Wikipedia

I'm pushing Facebook as a tool for our students. It provides them with pretty much everything they want: connectivity, e-mail, blogging, photos and media linking.

The real challenge is to then bring learning and creative endeavour into Facebook.

So I read with interest this suggestion from Nicholas Carr:

Facebook should capitalize on Wikipedia's open license and create an in-network edition of the encyclopedia.

It would be a cinch: Suck in Wikipedia's contents, incorporate a Wikipedia search engine into Facebook (Wikipedia's own search engine stinks, so it should be easy to build a better one), serve up Wikipedia's pages in a new, better-designed Facebook format, and, yes, incorporate some advertising.

There may also be some social-networking tools that could be added for blending Wikipedia content with Facebook content.

Watch that space...

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