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    May or may not be published by an expert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

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