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  • Always question information you are given on the internet - don’t take anything at face value.
  • Can anyone name an urban legend? Instructor: i.e. pop rocks and coke, caller from inside the house, etc These types of stories are on the internet as well. We mostly get them as forwarded emails, often with credibility claims similar to urban legends, for example “I received this from a friend who knows someone who was a victim of this scam” Has anyone ever gotten or heard about one of these stories on the internet? Instructor: If students don’t know any internet rumors, use one of the urban legend examples.
  • Everyone visit snopes in your browser. Now type in [the story you decided on] into the search bar and hit go. Does it show up? Instructor: give everyone time to take a look at the results and encourage them to click through to the story. Point out the format “Claim” “Status” “Example” etc. Now click on the top 25. If you’ve been on email for a while, chances are you’ve seen some of these. If you’re just getting started on email, I’m sure you’ll see some of these soon!
  • Even though you may get many results for the story on a general google search, you can’t be sure of the credibility of the sites. Snopes is an established, credible place to find information on rumors and urban legends.
  • We just talked about a credible website to check the validity of rumors, but what if you are looking for another type of information? Instructor: walk through the handout. http://cycproject.basecamphq.com/projects/5008089/file/54756654/criteria%20evaluating%20webpages.pdf Instructor: Help participants find content from each source on the cats.about.com page. Discuss credibility of each source.
  • Instructor: Ask students the difference between this page and the about.com page about cats. The answer is there is no original content. The page is all advertising. This is referred to as a parked page, and in general, is all advertising with very little helpful content, if any.
  • Instructor - explain how ppc advertising works Instructor - Let the class discuss which results would be more credible. Point out that even though the ads are trying to sell them something, they might still be credible sources. They just have to keep in mind their information is likely slanted toward selling their products or services. In the house cat example, if you were looking for actual products to help care for your cat, some of the paid links might be helpful. But if you just wanted information, the organic links may be best.
  • 9 module evaluating online sources

    1. 1. Evaluating Online Sources <ul><li>A Module of the CYC Course – Computer Basics </li></ul>1 7-21-10
    2. 2. Don’t believe everything you hear (or read) <ul><li>Although it can be a useful research tool, the internet is full of rumors and misinformation. </li></ul><ul><li>How can you be sure that what you see is legitimate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t take anything at face value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you are getting information from credible sources </li></ul></ul>9
    3. 3. Urban legends <ul><li>What’s your favorite? </li></ul>9
    4. 4. Find out the real story <ul><li>Go to www.snopes.com </li></ul><ul><li>Snopes is a website that researches rumors/stories/urban legends and reports whether or not they are true. </li></ul><ul><li>Search the rumor or urban legend you’re interested in </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Hot 25 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These are the 25 most widely circulated stories right now </li></ul></ul>2
    5. 5. Why Snopes? <ul><li>You will get email rumors and urban legends. Snopes lets you find out whether they are true. </li></ul><ul><li>Search google for the same story. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the differences in the results? </li></ul></ul>2
    6. 6. Credibility of Websites <ul><li>How can you check the credibility of websites you aren’t familiar with? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate information from more than one source. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate each site according to the steps on your hand out, “Five Criteria for Evaluating Web pages.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go to http://cats.about.com / </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which is content from About? Which is content from users? Which is content from advertisers? </li></ul></ul>2
    7. 7. Parked Pages <ul><li>Visit www.nonprofit.org </li></ul><ul><li>Can you find any credible content? </li></ul><ul><li>This is called a “parked” page. </li></ul>2
    8. 8. Organic Search Results <ul><li>Go to Google and search for “House Cat Care.” </li></ul><ul><li>The results in the main white space are Organic results. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These results come up because the content on the site has the closest match to the search terms. </li></ul></ul>2
    9. 9. Paid Search Results <ul><li>The top result, in a different color, and the results on the right side bar are Paid results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These are “Sponsored Links” also known as pay-per-click ads - the advertiser pays google every time someone clicks on one. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They come up because these companies have purchased advertising on google based on key words. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Which results are more credible? </li></ul>2
    10. 10. Sources <ul><li>This curriculum includes a hand out entitled “Five criteria for evaluating Web Pages” that is used with permission from . </li></ul><ul><li>Content created by Connect Your Community, a project of OneCommunity , funded by the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program . </li></ul>14
    11. 11. Creative Commons License <ul><li>This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 </li></ul>15