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  • 1. Identifying, Evaluating & Sharing Resources Online School for Friends Teacher / Staff Retreat Spring 08
  • 2. Overview
    • Discuss completed surveys
    • Types of Web resources
    • Evaluating Web sites
    • Managing & Sharing resources
  • 3. Workshop Goals
    • To provide participants information regarding resources pertinent to their subject area of focus
    • To enable participants to select, locate, access, retrieve, evaluate, organize, and preserve information
    • To provide hands-on practice with suggested online management tool
  • 4. What you told me…
  • 5. What you told me… (con’t)
  • 6. Types of Web Resources
    • Assoc / Organization / Agency (.org /.gov) policies, standards, guidelines, etc.
    • Academic / Scholarly (.edu / .org) studies, theories, discourse, debate, etc.
    • Commercial (.com / .net)
    • advertisements, articles, FYI, tips, link lists, etc.
  • 7. Assoc / Organization / Agency (.org /.gov) policy-makers, advocacy groups, school administrators, teachers, higher education
  • 8. Academic / Scholarly (.edu / .org) school administrators, teachers, higher edu, parents
  • 9. Commercial (.com) teachers, parents, children
  • 10. Where to find articles in Web sites?
    • Look for Headings listed in navigation bar
    • Possible Heading Titles:
    • Useful links
    • Resources
    • Publications
    • Topics
    • Issues
    • Articles
    Headings
  • 11. Evaluating Web Resources
    • Author
    • Date of publication
    • URL (Web address)
    • Content
    • Target audience
    • Usability of the site
  • 12. Who is the author?
    • Author’s academic credentials?
    • Other articles published?
    • Other professional affiliations?
    • Consider Googling author’s name
  • 13. Date of Publication
    • When was the source published?
      • Note date at the bottom of Web page, sometimes on every page
    • Is the source current or out-of-date for your topic?
  • 14. The URL
    • Is it somebody’s personal page?
    • What type of domain does it come from?
    • Is it published by an entity that makes sense?
  • 15. Integrity of the web article
    • What is the tone?
    • What is the purpose of the publication?
    • What assumptions does the author make?
    • Is the information fact or opinion?
    • Does the author attempt to remain objective?
    • Does the author agree or disagree with other authors of the subject?
    • Does the content agree with what you know or have learned about the issue?
  • 16. Target Audience
    • What type of audience is the author addressing?
    • Specialized or General?
    • Elementary, Technical or Advanced?
  • 17. Usability
    • Does the page load within a reasonable time?
    • Are there grammatical or spelling errors on the page?
    • Are links provided to actual content, or to lists of other resources?
    • On supporting pages, is there a link back to the main page?
  • 18. Search engines & Directories
    • Search Engines display lists of web pages based on keywords. Google , Yahoo!
    • Directories lists web sites by category and subcategory. Google , Yahoo!
    • Modified from > Web directory. (2008, March 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia . Retrieved 20:37, March 27, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Web_directory&oldid=197240981
  • 19. Searching Google
    • Note: Jim has a great handout discussing Google operators
  • 20. Managing Web Resources via del.icio.us
  • 21. What is del.icio.us?
    • a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.
  • 22. How does it work?
    • Via Firefox Web browser, you can click on a button and the following will appear:
  • 23. Then what?
    • You select or create keywords to describe the site you are bookmarking
  • 24. Ok, how do I post?
    • After you click on Save, you will see your bookmark saved in a listing on your del.icio.us page
  • 25. Use Firefox del.icio.us buttons for easy bookmarking
  • 26. Why should we use del.icio.us?
    • To find new Web resources through other people’s bookmark lists
    • To participate in a community with liked minds
    • To share with colleagues, other teachers
    • And…
  • 27. Del.icio.us can assist…
    • New teachers
    • Substitute teachers
    • New parents
    • Current parents
    • Preschool / early childhood learning community
  • 28. Happy Bookmarking [email_address]