Internet Evaluation
 Instructor Guide

 

Goal: 

The goal of internet evaluation is to give students the skills and experience necessary to effectively navigate the world-wide web.  

 

Objectives:

1.      Students will gain a better understanding for the need to and value in evaluating websites for validity and authenticity.

2.      Students will develop Internet critical thinking skills.

 

Suggested Readings & Teacher Training:

 

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ACTIVITIES TO MEET OBJECTIVES ELEMENTARY RESOURCES MIDDLE SCHOOL RESOURCES HIGH SCHOOL/ADULT RESOURCES
       

CYBER-SAFETY

 
Cyberbully 411
NetSafe: Using the Internet Safely

CYBER-SKILLS

Boolify-learning the internet search process

CYBER TOOLS

Spezify - visual meta-search tool


WEBSITE EVALUATION
Teach students what to look for when evaluating a web source: 
false information, hoaxes, scams, inaccuracies, criteria for good information, source reliability, author authority, etc.

 

TEACHER
Online Resources, Lessons & Training

Adventures of Cyberbee - Web Evaluation: WWW Cyberguides
ITAP Wiki - Web 2.0 Tools
CyberSense and Nonsense
Privacy Playground
Jo Cool or Jo Fool for Teachers Reality Check

STUDENT
Online Training & Assistance 

All About Explorers
Media Awareness Network: Educational Games
  Infoplease.com - Homework Center - Finding Information on the Internet: Evaluating Web Information
Purdue OWL: Evaluating Sources
Purdue University: Evaluating Internet Sources & a Tutorial

STUDENT HANDOUTS
 
  Internet Log
Internet Log
(Big6 Version)
PHONY WEBSITES: Work through these websites with students to help learn about the internet evaluation process.    

Dog Island

 

British Stick Insect Foundation
Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency
First Male Pregnancy
Jackalope Conspiracy
McWhortle Enterprises, Inc

PigeonRank Technology

Fisher Price Airplane
Penguin Warehouse, Inc.
 
  Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
Bureau of Sasquatch Affairs
California Velcro Crop
Dehydrated Water
DHMO - Research Division
"Facts About" Series

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus 
Republic of Molossia
       

 

  

References:

        Troutner, Joanne.  "Best Sites for Information Literacy Tools."  Teacher Librarian  December 2005: 39-40.

       

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The Blue Book on Information Age Inquiry, Instruction, and Literacy (Libraries Unlimited, 2006) by Dr. Daniel Callison - click here to order!

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Model developed by Leslie Preddy, Library Media Specialist

with a grant from the

Indiana Department of Education-Office of Learning Resources
 

"Student Inquiry in the Research Process" developed based on the elements of

Information Inquiry designed by Dr. Daniel Callison, Indiana University and

LMS Associates, publishers of School Library Media Activities Monthly

 

 S.I.R.P. developed in 2001                               
 Website created in 2002

 Last Update: May 1, 2013

 

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