Evaluating Internet Web Sites (INFORMATION LITERACY) Created by Pam Kopf
<ul><li>67% of teens take no steps to confirm the accuracy and validity of information found on the Internet </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ Our students are growing up in a world saturated with media messages, messages that fill the bulk of their leisu...
Why Evaluate? <ul><li>Rumors </li></ul><ul><li>Hoaxes </li></ul><ul><li>Falsehoods </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggerations </li></...
“The World Wide Web is a lot like a flea market:  there’s a vast selection of sites to choose from but not a lot of order ...
HOAX OR SPOOF? http://www.malepregnancy.com
HOAX or SPOOF?                                                                                                            ...
The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus (Endangered) Help Save The Tree Octopus From Extinction! About The Pacific Northwest Tr...
Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie An Effective, Low-Cost Solution To Combating Mind-Control http://zapatopi.net/afdb/ http://...
HOAX OR SPOOF? <ul><li>http://www.brookview.karoo.net/Stick_Insects/   (British Stick Insect Foundation)  </li></ul><ul><l...
HOAX OR SPOOF? <ul><li>http://arachnophiliac.co.uk/hoax/Giant_Cat.htm </li></ul>
Fake Awards
What to Evaluate---CAPS <ul><li>Content/ Currency  </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose  </li></ul><ul><l...
Using the web is like becoming a detective.  You must learn to check the web site for clues that tell you if the site is g...
Evaluation Criteria #1 <ul><li>CONTENT AND CURRENCY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is information clearly understood and accurate? ...
Content/currency example site <ul><li>http://www.thekingcenter.org/   </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.martinlutherking.org </...
Evaluation Criteria #2 <ul><li>AUTHORITY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who published this page? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is an e...
Locating URL <ul><li>The address is the URL </li></ul>
Clues For Evaluating Authority <ul><li>Examine URL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gov </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>edu </li></ul></ul...
<ul><li>Truncate URL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stop before each / to determine who is responsible or linked to this site </li>...
Link Search <ul><li>Using Google or Altavista type into the search box  link:URL    </li></ul>
Alexa  <ul><li>Use Alexa to find related links </li></ul>
Similar Pages <ul><li>Refer to links for similar pages </li></ul>
Authority example sites <ul><li>http:// ww.quick.org.uk/menu.htm   </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.adl.org/learn/ext_us/butz....
Evaluation Criteria # 3 <ul><ul><li>PURPOSE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persuade? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entertain? </l...
PERSUADE? <ul><li>http://h2o2hydrogenperoxide.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.whymilk.com/ </li></ul>
ENTERTAIN? <ul><li>http://city- mankato.us </li></ul><ul><li>http://descy.50megs.com/mankato/martha.html   </li></ul><ul><...
EDUCATE? http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp
ADVERTISE? <ul><li>http://www.tide.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.all-natural.com/add.html </li></ul>
Evaluation Criteria # 4 <ul><li>STRUCTURE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Site loads rapidly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to navi...
Conclusion <ul><li>W ith over 100 million documents on the Internet it is vital to find the most factual, accurate and rep...
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  1. 1. Evaluating Internet Web Sites (INFORMATION LITERACY) Created by Pam Kopf
  2. 2. <ul><li>67% of teens take no steps to confirm the accuracy and validity of information found on the Internet </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ Our students are growing up in a world saturated with media messages, messages that fill the bulk of their leisure time…yet, they receive little or no training in the skills of analyzing these messages, many of which make use of language, moving images, music, sound effects, special visual effects, and other technologies that powerfully affect our emotional response.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Renee Hobbs in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, February 2004 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Evaluate? <ul><li>Rumors </li></ul><ul><li>Hoaxes </li></ul><ul><li>Falsehoods </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggerations </li></ul><ul><li>Gossip </li></ul><ul><li>Skams </li></ul><ul><li>Fraud </li></ul><ul><li>80%-85% of all information is INCORRECT AND INACCURATE </li></ul>
  5. 5. “The World Wide Web is a lot like a flea market: there’s a vast selection of sites to choose from but not a lot of order to it. Some sites are offered by reputable “dealers” and some from individuals who want to show off their personal favorite items. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s hidden treasure, what’s worth taking a look at, and what’s a waste of time.” ( ALA’s Children and Technology Committee)
  6. 6. HOAX OR SPOOF? http://www.malepregnancy.com
  7. 7. HOAX or SPOOF?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.geocities.com/lakemichiganwhales
  8. 8. The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus (Endangered) Help Save The Tree Octopus From Extinction! About The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Rare photo of the elusive tree octopus The Pacific Northwest tree octopus ( Octopus paxarbolis ) can http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus.html HOAX OR SPOOF?
  9. 9. Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie An Effective, Low-Cost Solution To Combating Mind-Control http://zapatopi.net/afdb/ http://zapatopi.net/afdb/
  10. 10. HOAX OR SPOOF? <ul><li>http://www.brookview.karoo.net/Stick_Insects/ (British Stick Insect Foundation) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fvza.org/index.html (Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency) </li></ul><ul><li>http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html (California Velcro Crop) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sudftw.com/jackcon.htm (Jackalope) </li></ul>
  11. 11. HOAX OR SPOOF? <ul><li>http://arachnophiliac.co.uk/hoax/Giant_Cat.htm </li></ul>
  12. 12. Fake Awards
  13. 13. What to Evaluate---CAPS <ul><li>Content/ Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking skills should be used to evaluate all Internet sites </li></ul>
  14. 14. Using the web is like becoming a detective. You must learn to check the web site for clues that tell you if the site is good or bad. A good detective will know how to look for these clues.
  15. 15. Evaluation Criteria #1 <ul><li>CONTENT AND CURRENCY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is information clearly understood and accurate? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is content error free? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fact or opinion? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biased or prejudiced? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is date of creation given? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has site been updated? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are links working? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Content/currency example site <ul><li>http://www.thekingcenter.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.martinlutherking.org </li></ul>
  17. 17. Evaluation Criteria #2 <ul><li>AUTHORITY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who published this page? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is an email or postal address given? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is biographical information given? </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Locating URL <ul><li>The address is the URL </li></ul>
  19. 19. Clues For Evaluating Authority <ul><li>Examine URL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>gov </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>k12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ tilde </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Truncate URL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stop before each / to determine who is responsible or linked to this site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delete one / at a time </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Link Search <ul><li>Using Google or Altavista type into the search box link:URL </li></ul>
  22. 22. Alexa <ul><li>Use Alexa to find related links </li></ul>
  23. 23. Similar Pages <ul><li>Refer to links for similar pages </li></ul>
  24. 24. Authority example sites <ul><li>http:// ww.quick.org.uk/menu.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.adl.org/learn/ext_us/butz.asp?LEARN_Cat=Extremism&LEARN_SubCat=Extremism_in_America&xpicked=2&item=butz </li></ul>
  25. 25. Evaluation Criteria # 3 <ul><ul><li>PURPOSE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persuade? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entertain? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advertise? </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. PERSUADE? <ul><li>http://h2o2hydrogenperoxide.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.whymilk.com/ </li></ul>
  27. 27. ENTERTAIN? <ul><li>http://city- mankato.us </li></ul><ul><li>http://descy.50megs.com/mankato/martha.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.hampsterdance2.com/hampton.html </li></ul>
  28. 28. EDUCATE? http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp
  29. 29. ADVERTISE? <ul><li>http://www.tide.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.all-natural.com/add.html </li></ul>
  30. 30. Evaluation Criteria # 4 <ul><li>STRUCTURE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Site loads rapidly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to navigate and user friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visually appealing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance between graphics and text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains site map, index, or table of contents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimal advertising </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Conclusion <ul><li>W ith over 100 million documents on the Internet it is vital to find the most factual, accurate and reputable information available. Being able to effectively evaluate the information you find is an important skill, one which will be used throughout your lifetime. </li></ul>
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