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  • Evaluating a Web Site
  • Student Objectives
    • Student will compile a web site evaluation folder to use for reference use. All assignments will be placed in this folder for final grade.
  • Student Objectives
    • Student will use web evaluation guidelines to determine authenticity.
    • Student will choose 3 forms from a choice of 4 to use for evaluations. Use forms to evaluate five sites as given by teacher. (place in folder)
  • Student Objectives
    • * Access article from site: http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/wp/credibility/page1. htm
    • (Read article, “Why Evaluate Web Information?” (place in Web Site Evaluation folder with three reasons why we evaluate sites)
  • Student Objectives
    • Student will be given questions to use as a guideline to web evaluation.
    • Student will answer questions in order to determine the validity of a web page. (place in folder)
  • Topics Covered
    • The importance of web evaluation
    • Review of traditional evaluation criteria
    • Application of evaluation criteria to specific types of web resources
  • Importance of Web Evaluation
    • Quality of web resources varies tremendously!
    • Scams are out there!
    • Truth or falsehood?
    • Bias/Objectivity of information?
    • The search for trustworthy information.
  • Evaluation Criteria
    • Authority
    • Objectivity
    • Accuracy
    • Currency
    • Coverage
  • Criterion #1: Accuracy
    • Almost anyone can publish on the Web
    • Many Web resources not verified by editors and/or fact checkers
    • Web standards to ensure accuracy not fully developed.
  • Criterion #2: Authority
    • Often difficult to determine authorship of Web resources
    • If author’s name listed, his/her qualifications often absent
    • Publisher responsibility often not indicated
  • Criterion #3: Objectivity
    • * Web often functions as a “virtual soapbox”
    • * Goals/aims of persons or groups presenting material often not clearly stated
  • Criterion #4: Currency
    • Dates not always included on Web pages
    • If included, a date may have various meanings:
    • -Date first created
    • -Date placed on Web
    • -Date last reviewed
  • Criterion #5: Coverage
    • Web coverage may differ from print or other media coverage
    • Often hard to determine extent of Web coverage
  • Questions to Ask?
    • Who wrote it?
    • When was it written?
    • Why was it written?
    • Is is biased?
    • Is is authentic?
    • Is the author an expert?
    • ( http://library/usm.maine.edu/guides/webeval.html print and place in folder)
    • Is the page easy to use?
    • Is the page free from HTML errors?
    • Are the graphics useful?
    • Can you verify the information?
    • Is the bibliography included?
  • Web Page Evaluation Procedure
    • Step 1: Identify the type of Web Page
    • Advocacy
    • Business/Marketing
    • Informational
    • News
    • Personal
    • Entertainment
  • Web Page Evaluation Procedure
    • Step 2: Use the appropriate checklist
    • * Answer questions with “Yes” or “No”
  • Web Page Evaluation Procedure
    • Step 3: Based on the checklist criteria, determine the relative quality of the Web page
    • *the greater number of checklist questions answered “yes”, the more likely the page is of higher informational quality
  • Internet Reference Sites
    • http://lrs.edu.uiuc.edu/wp/credibility/page1/htm
    • http://library/usm.maine.edu/guides/webeval.html
    • http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/evalhigh.html
    • http://muse.widener.edu/Wolfgram-Memorial-Library/webeval/eval1198/sld002.htm
    • http://mciunix.mciu.k12.pa.us/~spjvweb/evalrole.html
    • Students will use material taken from each of these sites
    • The four evaluation forms are adapted from these sites
    • Students will have to access a few of these sites in order to complete assignments
  • Overview of Lesson
    • Inclusion seniors: Study Skills class
    • Length of lesson: one school week or as needed from student pace
  • Conclusion
    • Students will understand the importance of Web Evaluation
    • Students will compile a working portfolio for Web Evaluation usage
    • Students will have a broad variety of Web Evaluation forms to choose from
    • Students will complete Web Evaluations using criteria given