Evaluating web content using Digg


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This presentation presents an asynchronous instructional module demonstrating how social networking sites can enhance digital information fluency. Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically. Students preparing for high school graduation need to be able to identify, evaluate and use information related to reading comprehension effectively. Social networking sites serve as a good learning platform for students, as they have the flexibility and privacy to balance learning with work and personal responsibilities. This presentation addresses a needs assessment for librarians helping DC high school students to evaluate internet resources for reading comprehension resources from various social media networks by determining the authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and functionality of the information. After a brief instruction, they will complete the web exercise using Facebook, and provide feedback using SurveyMonkey. With the explosion of information on the Internet, it is important for users to have the skills to analyze the various web sources using the information literacy competency standards. This presentation also provides an example to librarians how they can supplement classroom instruction with social networks to teach the importance of information literacy. Combining classroom skills with Web 2.0 strategies allows users to learn at their own pace and can allow students to maintain confidentiality.

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Evaluating web content using Digg

  2. 2. Let’s discuss:2  Definition of Digital Information Literacy  Five criteria for web evaluation  Evaluation of Digg.com links
  3. 3. Digital Information Literacy (DIF)3 DIF is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information (web content) effectively, efficiently, and ethically. Resource: http://21cif.com/resources/difcore/
  4. 4. Five criteria for evaluation4  Authority – Author’s credentials  Accuracy – Truth of information  Objectivity – Goals met  Currency – Updated or outdated  Functionality – Free or no special software Resource: http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/webcrit.html
  5. 5. Digg.com5 Using the search term “reading comprehension,” we’ll evaluate the top four links.
  6. 6. Digg.com6 Here’s the search field
  7. 7. Top Four Sites7 Using Search term: Reading Comprehension A B C D
  8. 8. A – Enhancing Looking at Comprehensive Capabilities 8Authority – Maybe; Accuracy – Maybe; Objectivity – Yes; Currency – Yes; Functionality - Yes
  9. 9. B – Theron Sheppard’s Site 9Authority – Maybe; Accuracy – Maybe; Objectivity – Yes; Currency – Yes; Functionality - Yes
  10. 10. C – TeachStreet.com10 Article deleted Authority – No; Accuracy – No; Objectivity – No; Currency – No; Functionality - No
  11. 11. D – Looking at Comprehension 11Authority – Maybe; Accuracy – Maybe; Objectivity – Yes; Currency – Yes; Functionality - Yes
  12. 12. What did you learn?12 Send an evaluation - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B55GYXQ.  How can you use Digg.com as a social network resource?  Where else can you apply these search techniques?
  13. 13. Now it’s you turn13  Go to Digg.com  Pick a search term(s)  Use this online form to tally your results: http://on.fb.me/tbGkWB Learn to evaluate other sites at http://on.fb.me/sS0LwQ Links in this presentation from 2011 search.
  14. 14. About Me14 Judine Slaughter  Master of Library and Information Science student at Catholic University of America. Projected graduation in 2012.  Web Content Manager at Federal Aviation Administration since 2002. Contact me Phone: 301-219-9378 Email: 90slaughter@cardinalmail.cua.edu © 2011