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  • Kids kept saying that only .edu, .gov, and the like are reliable. I need them to understand that other extensions can be just as useful. It is important that we look at the content of each site.
  • Kids kept saying that only .edu, .gov, and the like are reliable. I need them to understand that other extensions can be just as useful. It is important that we look at the content of each site.
  • Kids kept saying that only .edu, .gov, and the like are reliable. I need them to understand that other extensions can be just as useful. It is important that we look at the content of each site.
  • Kids kept saying that only .edu, .gov, and the like are reliable. I need them to understand that other extensions can be just as useful. It is important that we look at the content of each site.
  • Kids kept saying that only .edu, .gov, and the like are reliable. I need them to understand that other extensions can be just as useful. It is important that we look at the content of each site.
  • Kids kept saying that only .edu, .gov, and the like are reliable. I need them to understand that other extensions can be just as useful. It is important that we look at the content of each site.







































  • Resouce Reliability

    1. 1. How do I know if my resource is reliable?
    2. 2. “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” Peter Steiner The New Yorker July 5, 1993
    3. 3. Examine the URL
    4. 4. Examine the URL Some extensions may provide more reliable information than others, but there are no guarantees.
    5. 5. Examine the URL Some extensions may provide more reliable information than others, but there are no guarantees. .edu, .gov, .k12 can only be obtained and used by educational institutions or government organizations
    6. 6. Examine the URL Some extensions may provide more reliable information than others, but there are no guarantees. .edu, .gov, .k12 can only be obtained and used by educational institutions or government organizations .com (.co), .org, .net can be owned by anybody
    7. 7. Examine the URL Some extensions may provide more reliable information than others, but there are no guarantees. .edu, .gov, .k12 can only be obtained and used by educational institutions or .uk - United Kingdom government organizations .kr - Korea .ca - Canada .com (.co), .org, .net .ke - Kenya can be owned by anybody .ug - Uganda are country codes Click here to see a full list of country codes.
    8. 8. Examine the URL Some extensions may provide more reliable information than others, but there are no guarantees. .edu, .gov, .k12 can only be obtained and used by educational institutions or .uk - United Kingdom government organizations .kr - Korea .ca - Canada .com (.co), .org, .net .ke - Kenya can be owned by anybody .ug - Uganda There are other extensions as well. are country codes If an extension looks unfamiliar, quickly look it up on Wikipedia so Click here to see a full list of country codes. you can have more information about the nature of your website.
    9. 9. Know the Source
    10. 10. Know the Source It is important to know about the company, organization or news source your information is coming from.
    11. 11. Know the Source It is important to know about the company, organization or news source your information is coming from. “About Us” Read this section of the website. The more you understand about an organization, the better you’ll understand your topic.
    12. 12. Know the Source It is important to know about the company, organization or news source your information is coming from. “About Us” Read this section of the website. The more you understand about an organization, the better you’ll understand your topic. KWASF “Know What Acronyms Stand For” This is just the beginning of understanding the organization. If it is not given clearly on the website, quickly look it up on Wikipedia.
    13. 13. Know the Source It is important to know about the company, organization or news source your information is coming from. “About Us” Go Home! The key to understanding the source of Read this section of the website. The your information is going to the Homepage. more you understand about an You can do this by truncating the URL. To organization, the better you’ll understand do this, delete everything after the domain your topic. name. http://www.toondoo.com/cartoon/1440000 ^ DELETE ME^ KWASF “Know What Acronyms Stand For” This is just the beginning of understanding the organization. If it is not given clearly on the website, quickly look it up on Wikipedia.
    14. 14. Know the Source It is important to know about the company, organization or news source your information is coming from. “About Us” Go Home! The key to understanding the source of Read this section of the website. The your information is going to the Homepage. more you understand about an You can do this by truncating the URL. To organization, the better you’ll understand do this, delete everything after the domain your topic. name. http://www.toondoo.com/cartoon/1440000 ^ DELETE ME^ KWASF “Know What Acronyms Stand For” Get Help This is just the beginning of Do yourself a favor and ask a teacher or understanding the organization. If it is another adult if you have a question not given clearly on the website, quickly about an organization. Their help could look it up on Wikipedia. save you a lot of work determining whether your information comes from a reputable source!
    15. 15. Skim the Content
    16. 16. Skim the Content It is important that you understand what you are reading.
    17. 17. Skim the Content It is important that you understand what you are reading. Choose Wisely If the content looks overwhelming, choose another website. There is nothing wrong with admitting that a certain piece of text is above your comprehension level. In fact, this is a great skill to have. It shows you’re actually reading!
    18. 18. Skim the Content It is important that you understand what you are reading. Choose Wisely If the content looks overwhelming, choose another website. There is nothing wrong with admitting that a certain piece of text is above your comprehension level. In fact, this is a great skill to have. It shows you’re actually reading! Embrace Your Inner Child There are many websites out there under the umbrella of “For Kids”. Don’t be scared to use these! Often the information is clearly labeled and articulated. The easier the information is to take in, the easier it is to explain to someone else.
    19. 19. Skim the Content It is important that you understand what you are reading. Choose Wisely If the content looks overwhelming, choose another website. There is nothing wrong with admitting that a certain piece of text is above your comprehension level. In fact, this is a great skill to have. It shows you’re actually reading! Embrace Your Inner Child There are many websites out there under the umbrella of “For Kids”. Don’t be scared to use these! Often the information is clearly labeled and articulated. The easier the information is to take in, the easier it is to explain to someone else. Make Sure It’s Useful If the information doesn’t look beneficial, skip it.
    20. 20. What in the world??
    21. 21. Judge a Website by Its Cover
    22. 22. Judge a Website by Its Cover The overall appearance of the site can tell you a lot about how the important the author/organization believes their information is.
    23. 23. Judge a Website by Its Cover The overall appearance of the site can tell you a lot about how the important the author/organization believes their information is. Looks Matter! If an organization or author has something important to say, they want you to hear it. An up-to-date website means the information is important to the author and to you. A website that looks outdated might mean that there is a better option for you somewhere else on the Internet.
    24. 24. Judge a Website by Its Cover The overall appearance of the site can tell you a lot about how the important the author/organization believes their information is. Looks Matter! If an organization or author has something important to say, they Proper Grammar want you to hear it. An and Spelling up-to-date website means the If an author can’t be bothered to information is important to the proofread and double-check his author and to you. A website that work, how can we trust his looks outdated might mean that information? there is a better option for you somewhere else on the Internet.
    25. 25. Maybe try again... Don’t even think about it!
    26. 26. The overall appearance of the site can tell you a lot about how the important the author/organization believes their information is.
    27. 27. The overall appearance of the site can tell you a lot about how the important the author/organization believes their information is. Advertisements Just because a site has advertisements does not mean it is unreliable. ~Advertisements for the organization tells us the organization is multifaceted and has a lot to offer. ~ Advertisements for related content or well- known companies may show us that the organization is well-established. ~Advertisements that are inappropriate or completely unrelated to the content of the site might mean that the organization or company is not well-known.
    28. 28. The overall appearance of the site can tell you a lot about how the important the author/organization believes their information is. Advertisements Just because a site has advertisements does not mean it is unreliable. Links ~Advertisements for the organization tells us Reliable websites have many the organization is multifaceted and has a lot to people who help “run” the site. offer. They make sure everything is working properly. If there are ~ Advertisements for related content or well- known companies may show us that the broken links this may indicate that organization is well-established. the site has been neglected. ~Advertisements that are inappropriate or completely unrelated to the content of the site might mean that the organization or company is not well-known.
    29. 29. Judge a Website by Its Cover The overall appearance of the site can tell you a lot about how the important the author/organization believes their information is. Advertisements Just because a site has advertisements does not mean it is unreliable. Links ~Advertisements for the organization tells us Reliable websites have many the organization is multifaceted and has a lot to people who help “run” the site. offer. They make sure everything is working properly. If there are ~ Advertisements for related content or well- known companies may show us that the broken links this may indicate that organization is well-established. the site has been neglected. ~Advertisements that are inappropriate or completely unrelated to the content of the site might mean that the organization or company is not well-known.
    30. 30. GOOD! NO THANKS! OK!
    31. 31. Be Aware of the Date
    32. 32. Be Aware of the Date Knowing when your information was written or when the site was last updated can tell you a lot about the reliability of the resource.
    33. 33. Be Aware of the Date Knowing when your information was written or when the site was last updated can tell you a lot about the reliability of the resource. Last Update? Check the bottom of the page to see when the site was last updated. If the site is not current, try finding a site that is kept up-to-date.
    34. 34. Be Aware of the Date Knowing when your information was written or when the site was last updated can tell you a lot about the reliability of the resource. Last Update? Check the bottom of the page to see when the site was last updated. If the site is not current, try finding a site that is kept up-to-date. News Articles A good rule of thumb: The more current an article, the better. This is not always the case. Make sure you’re choosing an article that has the right balance between useful and timely information.
    35. 35. Be Aware of the Date Knowing when your information was written or when the site was last updated can tell you a lot about the reliability of the resource. Last Update? Use Your Judgment Check the bottom of the page to see Sometimes an old article might have useful when the site was last updated. If the information. You must ask yourself: Is the site is not current, try finding a site that information time sensitive? is kept up-to-date. ~A piece that tells the history of a certain war or the biography of a News Articles deceased person might be useful even A good rule of thumb: The more though it was written ten years ago. current an article, the better. This is not always the case. Make sure ~An article that gives statistics or facts you’re choosing an article that has about a changing situation needs to be the right balance between useful and as current as possible. timely information.
    36. 36. Looks good! Not gonna work!
    37. 37. Know the Origin of the Information
    38. 38. Know the Origin of the Information A credible website will cite resources and give information about the author of the article.
    39. 39. Know the Origin of the Information A credible website will cite resources and give information about the author of the article. Author Check to see if the article lists an author. Many reliable sites will list the author’s credentials so that we can be sure he knows what he’s talking about. If you see contact information for the author, this is a good thing. It shows that the author is responsible for his work and is open to questions.
    40. 40. Know the Origin of the Information A credible website will cite resources and give information about the author of the article. Citations Sometimes, if a site is giving facts, Author they will “cite” their sources. They Check to see if the article lists an may do this in the text or at the author. Many reliable sites will list bottom in a footnote. The more we the author’s credentials so that know about the original source, the we can be sure he knows what better. he’s talking about. If you see contact information for the author, this is a good thing. It shows that the author is responsible for his work and is open to questions.
    41. 41. Know the Origin of the Information A credible website will cite resources and give information about the author of the article. Citations Sometimes, if a site is giving facts, Author they will “cite” their sources. They Check to see if the article lists an may do this in the text or at the author. Many reliable sites will list bottom in a footnote. The more we the author’s credentials so that know about the original source, the we can be sure he knows what better. he’s talking about. If you see contact information for the author, Organizations this is a good thing. It shows that Many times, no author is given. This is the author is responsible for his why it is important to know about the work and is open to questions. background of the organization or company. Reputable groups are responsible for their information.
    42. 42. Recognize the Difference between Fact and Opinion
    43. 43. Recognize the Difference between Fact and Opinion Read your information critically, looking for bias.
    44. 44. Recognize the Difference between Fact and Opinion Read your information critically, looking for bias. Thinking Critically How will you be using the information? Sometimes you will need hard facts. Sometimes you will need “ideas”. Other people’s opinions can help you formulate ideas. Know which you’re looking for.
    45. 45. Recognize the Difference between Fact and Opinion Read your information critically, looking for bias. Thinking Critically How will you be using the information? Sometimes you will need hard facts. Sometimes you will need “ideas”. Other people’s opinions can help you formulate ideas. Know which you’re looking for. Blogs Sometimes, a blog can be a useful resource. Other peoples’ opinions can give a “voice” behind the facts. Make sure that you are using, not stealing the author’s ideas. Give credit where it is due!
    46. 46. Recognize the Difference between Fact and Opinion Read your information critically, looking for bias. Thinking Critically How will you be using the information? Sometimes you will need hard facts. Sometimes you will need “ideas”. Tone Other people’s opinions can help you Look for resources that present the formulate ideas. Know which you’re information in a clear, calm manner. looking for. Make sure that you think logically about the facts and formulate your Blogs own opinion instead of just taking what Sometimes, a blog can be a useful an emotionally invested author says at resource. Other peoples’ opinions can face value. give a “voice” behind the facts. Make sure that you are using, not stealing the author’s ideas. Give credit where it is due!

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