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  • 1. Test Before You Trust!<br />Identifying High Quality Sites<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 2. Some Questions for You<br />Can Anyone be an Author?<br />What websites do you use for research?<br />How do you know you can trust those sites?<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 3. Key Vocabulary<br />Evaluate: <br />To carefully examine something to figure out its value<br />Trustworthy:<br />Accurate and dependable<br />Criteria: <br />Standards on which you base a judgment or decision<br />Community (on the Web): <br />Group of people who are connected through a website, often working on a common project<br />Site Map: <br />A list of the webpages on a website<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 4. What Do YOU Think?<br />Who might you expect to write a book on an endangered species in Australia?<br />Wildlife biologist<br />Zoologist<br />Expert on Australian animals<br />Someone who has spent time in Australia studying wildlife<br />Aboriginal people who know about the local wildlife<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 5. What Do YOU Think?<br />What kinds of people might write an article about a new health care law just passed by Congress?<br />Health care experts<br />Doctors<br />Political scientists<br />Reporters who cover health care<br />Reporters in Washington who write about Congress<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 6. What Do YOU Think?<br />Suppose YOU wrote a book about an endangered species in Australia?<br />Would a book publisher be likely to publish it?<br />What if you wrote an article about a new health care law?<br />Could you get a newspaper to print it?<br />But, could you post your book or article on the web?<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 7. Books and Newspapers Versus Web<br />Website<br />May or may not be published by an expert<br />Usually no editor<br />“Facts” might be opinions<br />Errors may not get fixed<br />May deliberately misrepresent<br />Book and Newspapers<br />Authors who know their subjects<br />Editors and fact checkers<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 8. What You Should Know<br />The Web is Improving<br />Standards are Being Developed<br />Don’t assume its not true because its on the web<br />View it with a critical eye! <br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 9. How Can YOU Be a Reliable Author?<br />Use TrustworthySources<br />Learn a lot about your topic<br />Check your facts carefully <br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 10. Testing<br />Is the author is an expert? Received awards?<br />Is the site run by a respected organization or type of website (e.g., .gov, .edu)?<br />Is source from a well-known newspaper?<br />You arrive there from another trusted site<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 11. Review<br />Why should you carefully evaluate websites before using their information in research projects?<br />Anyone can publish material of any quality on the Web.<br />What questions do you need to ask?<br />See handout<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />
  • 12. Assignment 3<br />Find and save 3 websites that you might be able to use for your Science Fair Project. <br />Complete the worksheets for each of the three websites<br />Due October 19, 2011<br />Source: Common Sense Media Inc. 2011 http://www.commonsensemedia.org<br />

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