What your students (and you) need to know<br />Searching the Web 101<br />
The Internet…<br />A global collection of computers that makes the sharing of ideas and information possible<br />The source of a great deal of knowledge<br />Access to experts, real-time video feeds, and eye-witness accounts<br />
The Internet…<br />Requires students to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize great quantities of information<br />Makes it difficult to control information/content to which our students are exposed<br />
The Role of the Teacher<br />No longer the sole source of facts/information<br />Facilitate the learning process through adequate collection, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis<br />
Teaching students to examine reliability and validity of online sources is important<br />
Search Engines<br />Companies (or individuals) purchase key phrases to ensure placement in a search<br />Certain search engines are better suited for particular searches<br />www.noodletools.com will help choose the best search engine<br />Often, a domain name is purchased to garner business or support an idea<br />Ex. MartinLutherKing.org is owned and operated by a white supremacist group<br />
Teach students to Evaluate the search results<br />.com—commercial site<br />.gov—military site<br />.edu—educational site<br />.org—anyone with a credit card can purchase a .org domain name<br />Special characters in the URL may indicate a deviation from a main page:<br />~, %, “member” all indicate personal opinion/bias may be present<br />
Teach students to evaluate a Web Site<br />What links are there? Links only to web sites by the same author are suspicious.<br />Is there advertising present? Decent sites will have paid advertisers.<br />What is the author’s purpose?<br />Look back at the site’s history (www.archive.org)<br />
Allow students to access and Use the Web!<br />Access an author’s blog or website<br />Access an expert or eye-witness’s blog<br />Have students create a class blog to teach course content<br />Have students post online discussions with each other of their readings, experiments, learning, ideas<br />
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