Andrea DavisEDTL 6360: Internet in the Educational Community
Evaluating My Needs Introduction of Websites Criteria for Effective Evaluation Authority Accuracy Currency Objectivity Most Trusted Site Award Credits
I am a member of the National Business Education Association, which holds a yearly conference in different cities each year. This year I will be going to Atlanta, Georgia and want to learn more about: The history of Atlanta What attractions I can visit Maps and tours of AtlantaWhat should I do next?!?
I have decided to use the following two web sites to find information on the city of Atlanta. Website A Website Bhttp://www.10best.com/destinations/ http://www.atlanta.net/ georgia/atlanta/
Authority The author’s credentials (titles, certifications, etc.) are included on the page The domain of the website is preferred (.edu, .gov, .net, etc.) Accuracy Page should list (at a minimum): The author and institution that published the page Contact information of that author or institution Currency Page states last date it was altered or edited (should be done regularly) The links (if any) on the page are also up-to-date Objectivity Page provides accurate information Includes limited advertising Is objective in presenting the information
While the site lists who published the site (10best.com), the “team of local experts” who publish the site are never identified by name, profession, or with credentials The website domain is “.com,” the most popular and unreliable domain on the Internet
This page is published by the Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Additionally, bloggers can contribute information to the site, but only after Atlanta native Jan Butsch Schroder is a creating a profile listing their professional journalist and book author. She is credentials managing editor of Travelgirl magazine and author of "Just A Stage" and "Murphys: 25 Years of Recipes and The domain of this page is .net and Memories." Read more about Jan at www.janschroder.com. often more credible than .com sites
Page does not include authors or institutions that published the site Contact information is not provided for the “local experts”
This page offers accurate author contact information including: Who published the site The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Where they are located 233 Peachtree Street, NE Suite 1400 Atlanta GA 30303 Phone number (800) ATLANTA or (404) 521 6600 The site also includes links to individual contributor and author information
Page displays “2012” as last copyrighted date Links on page take viewers to updated websites on weather, hotels, attractions, food, etc.
Page displays “2012” as last copyrighted date Links on page take viewers to updated websites on weather, hotels, attractions, food, etc. Authors who contribute to the page visit and update posts weekly, even daily
The page provides information on: Traveling Attractions Hotels Restaurants Nightlife Shopping Page is covered with numerous scrolling advertisements and pop-ups for related and unrelated travel products and services
Site provides objective information from citizens of the city, and experts in the fields of food, travel, and attractions Page includes only advertising for Atlantic events
Website B: Atlanta.net Most Authority Published by the Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau The domain of this page is .net Most Accurate This page offers accurate author contact information including who published the site, where they are located, and the author’s phone number Most Current Links on page take viewers to updated websites Authors contribute to the page weekly, even daily Most Objective Page includes only advertising for Atlantic events Site provides objective information from citizens and experts of the city
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