Website Evaluation Methods Presentation By Cathryn Dozier
Introduction Definition and basis of website evaluation methods AASL standards Importance of website evaluation Ways to evaluate websites for grades 6-8 ABCs of Website Evaluation
Definition and Basis Website evaluation method- A way of examining a website, based on a checklist; on grade level **AASL-American Association of Based on Alabama School Literacy Librarians Standards (AASL
AASL Standards 1.Inquire, think, critically, and gain knowledge 2.Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge
AASL Standards 3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of democratic society. 4. Pursue personal and aesthetic growth. Each standard includes skills, dispositions in action, responsibilities, and self- assessment strategies
Importance of WebsiteEvaluation Dimensio Factual and Conceptual Procedural MetacognitiveConsider the following information: Anyone can publish anything on the web Web sources rarely have fact checkers or editors No web standards exist
Importance of WebsiteEvaluation Dimensio Factual and Conceptual Procedural MetacognitiveConsider the following information: Goals of sponsors not clearly stated (mostly) May be a virtual soapbox Publication date not always given
Importance of WebsiteEvaluation Dimensio Factual and Conceptual Procedural MetacognitiveConsider the following information: Dates may have various meanings May be done just for fun Difficult to determine coverage
Ways to Evaluate Websites forGrades 6-8o Analyze the following areas:o 1. Authorityo 2. Accuracyo 3. Objectivityo 4. Currencyo 5. Coverage
Areas of Website Evaluationo Each area has a series of questions that must be answered to determine if the website meets the needed requirements.o One example of each area question is listed below.1. Is there an author? (Authority)2. Is the information reliable? (Accuracy)
Areas of Website EvaluationExamples of Questions cont’do One example of each area question is listed below.3. Does the information show a minimum of bias? (Objectivity)4. Is the page dated? (Currency)5. What topics are covered?(Coverage)
Website Evaluation Formo Have the students to complete a website evaluation form that consists of questions that cover the 5 previously listed areas.
ABC’s of Website Evaluation o Always cover the 5 W’s o Who? o What? o When? o Where? o Why?
Summary Website evaluation methods are important because all websites are not accurate. There are 5 areas to check, when evaluating a site. Always cover the five W’s. There are a series of questions that cover each area of evaluation. All evaluations are based on AASL standards.