Poll: Majority Of Teachers Use Wikipedia Despite Telling Students Not To

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A journalist reads information on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Jan. 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A journalist reads information on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Jan. 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Teachers need to start taking their own advice.

Even though teachers discourage or bar students from using Wikipedia as a source, a new Pew Research poll shows that they use the website more than the average adult Internet user.

The Internet and American Life Project survey finds that 87 percent of teachers use the online encyclopedia site compared to 53 percent of adults.

The finding was part of a bigger report of how teachers use technology at homes and in the classroom.

“[T]he internet, mobile phones, and social media have brought new challenges to teachers, and they report striking differences in access to the latest digital technologies between lower and higher income students and school districts,” the survey states.

Of the teachers polled, 92 percent of them say the Internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access content and materials for teaching.

More teachers are using digital tools to communicate with parents and students. Sixty-seven percent of teachers use the Internet to interact with parents, while percent use it to reach out to students.

Students are even using cellphones for their studies inside classrooms. Seventy-three percent of teachers say they or students use their smart phones in the classroom to complete and assignment.

Pew surveyed 2,462 middle and high school teachers between November 2011 and February 2012.

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