Website Evaluation For Learning For Life

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Website Evaluation For Learning For Life

  1. 1. Becoming a Web Detective Samantha A. Silag Memorial School Library December, 2008 For Learning…For Life!
  2. 2. Today’s Objectives <ul><li>To learn why it is important to become “web detectives” when you are researching on the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>To learn how to evaluate website sources. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Two Truths One Fib
  4. 4. Why Website Evaluation? <ul><li>Billions of websites out there! </li></ul><ul><li>Trash vs. treasure </li></ul><ul><li>Hoax cites </li></ul><ul><li>California's Velcro Crop Challenged </li></ul><ul><li>Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie </li></ul><ul><li>Hunting Season for Haggis </li></ul><ul><li>Moon development </li></ul><ul><li>Mankato, MN </li></ul><ul><li>The Onion </li></ul><ul><li>Uncyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Male pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Biohazard Alert Detector </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.license.shorturl.com/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. ABC’s of Website Evaluation <ul><li>A = Author </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an author? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the author qualified to write about the subject? </li></ul><ul><li>Can the information be verified elsewhere? </li></ul><ul><li>B = Bias </li></ul><ul><li>Is information presented in a fair, objective manner? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the page free of unnecessary advertising? </li></ul><ul><li>C= Content </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information relevant, believable and useful for your purposes? </li></ul>        Share
  6. 6. More ABC’s… well, D and E! <ul><li>D= Dates </li></ul><ul><li>Does the webpage show the date when it was created? Last updated? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it updated regularly? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information outdated? </li></ul><ul><li>E= Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Does the webpage name an editor or fact checker? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the webpage have a reputable sponsor such as a university or government agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Does the webpage include a bibliography? </li></ul>
  7. 7. More Clues… <ul><li>Look at the Internet Address Ending </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.com = commercial site (www.ibm.com) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.org = non profit organization (www.iflonline.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.edu = educational site by an educational institution (harvard.edu) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.net = network of organizations (www.inspire.net) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.mil = military organizations (www.airforce.mil) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.ma .us = geographically based website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>( www.manchester.ma.us ) vs. ( www.manchesteronline.co.uk ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>. gov = government website ( www.whitehouse.gov ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Truncate the URL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.wic.org/bio/jgoodall.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.wic.org/bio/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.wic.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host site: Women’s International Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webpage: Biography on Jane Goodall </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Where Should You Go? <ul><li>Your teacher tells you to create an anti-smoking ad campaign for </li></ul><ul><li>an assignment on persuasive writing. Using the Web Detective </li></ul><ul><li>Worksheet you will each evaluate one of the following sites and </li></ul><ul><li>determine if you would use it for this project: </li></ul><ul><li>American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation http://www.no-smoke.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>R.J. Reynolds http://www.rjrt.com/home.asp </li></ul><ul><li>American Lung Association (Tobacco Control section) http://www.lungusa.org/tobacco/ </li></ul><ul><li>Tobacco Free Initiative (World Health Organization) http://tobacco.who.int/ </li></ul><ul><li>Tobacco Free Kids website  http://tobaccofreekids.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Big Drug's Nicotine War http://www.forces.org/evidence/pharma/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Coalition for a Tobacco Free Midlands  http://www.tobaccofreemidlands.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Phillip Morris Tobacco Company page on Youth Smoking Prevention http://www.philipmorrisusa.com/DisplayPageWithTopic.asp?ID=75 </li></ul><ul><li>Children Opposed to Smoking Tobacco  http://www.costkids.org/ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Just Say NO... <ul><li>No internet without adult supervision. </li></ul>
  10. 10. For Learning… <ul><li>Reliable, accurate information is essential to solid research… </li></ul><ul><li>and good grades! </li></ul>
  11. 11. And For Life… <ul><li>Reliable information is essential to quality of life </li></ul>Nick Jonas has diabetes...could I get it too? Is Barack Obama Oprah Winfrey's best friend? Did the Twilight author (Stephenie Meyer) really have her next book stolen and posted on the internet?
  12. 12. Sources <ul><li>Springfield Township Virtual Library. Retrieved November 25, 2008. http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/evalwebstu.html </li></ul><ul><li>CMIS (Curriculum Materials Information Services). Retrieved November 25 from the Department of Education and training, Western Australia. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/cmis/eval/curriculum/ict/webeval/eval12.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Pam Berger’s Web Evaluation Guide. Retrieved November 28, 2008 from theUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.learnnc.org/lp/external/webeval </li></ul><ul><li>Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators. Retrieved November 28, 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/eval.html </li></ul>
  13. 13. What Did You Learn ?

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