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Evaluating a Web Site


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Evaluating a Web Site

  1. 1. Evaluating a Web Site
  2. 2. Student Objectives <ul><li>Student will compile a web site evaluation folder to use for reference use. All assignments will be placed in this folder for final grade. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Student Objectives <ul><li>Student will use web evaluation guidelines to determine authenticity. </li></ul><ul><li>Student will choose 3 forms from a choice of 4 to use for evaluations. Use forms to evaluate five sites as given by teacher. (place in folder) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Student Objectives <ul><li>* Access article from site: htm </li></ul><ul><li>(Read article, “Why Evaluate Web Information?” (place in Web Site Evaluation folder with three reasons why we evaluate sites) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Student Objectives <ul><li>Student will be given questions to use as a guideline to web evaluation. </li></ul><ul><li>Student will answer questions in order to determine the validity of a web page. (place in folder) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Topics Covered <ul><li>The importance of web evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Review of traditional evaluation criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Application of evaluation criteria to specific types of web resources </li></ul>
  7. 7. Importance of Web Evaluation <ul><li>Quality of web resources varies tremendously! </li></ul><ul><li>Scams are out there! </li></ul><ul><li>Truth or falsehood? </li></ul><ul><li>Bias/Objectivity of information? </li></ul><ul><li>The search for trustworthy information. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluation Criteria <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage </li></ul>
  9. 9. Criterion #1: Accuracy <ul><li>Almost anyone can publish on the Web </li></ul><ul><li>Many Web resources not verified by editors and/or fact checkers </li></ul><ul><li>Web standards to ensure accuracy not fully developed. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Criterion #2: Authority <ul><li>Often difficult to determine authorship of Web resources </li></ul><ul><li>If author’s name listed, his/her qualifications often absent </li></ul><ul><li>Publisher responsibility often not indicated </li></ul>
  11. 11. Criterion #3: Objectivity <ul><li>* Web often functions as a “virtual soapbox” </li></ul><ul><li>* Goals/aims of persons or groups presenting material often not clearly stated </li></ul>
  12. 12. Criterion #4: Currency <ul><li>Dates not always included on Web pages </li></ul><ul><li>If included, a date may have various meanings: </li></ul><ul><li>-Date first created </li></ul><ul><li>-Date placed on Web </li></ul><ul><li>-Date last reviewed </li></ul>
  13. 13. Criterion #5: Coverage <ul><li>Web coverage may differ from print or other media coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Often hard to determine extent of Web coverage </li></ul>
  14. 14. Questions to Ask? <ul><li>Who wrote it? </li></ul><ul><li>When was it written? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was it written? </li></ul><ul><li>Is is biased? </li></ul><ul><li>Is is authentic? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the author an expert? </li></ul><ul><li>( http://library/ print and place in folder) </li></ul><ul><li>Is the page easy to use? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the page free from HTML errors? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the graphics useful? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you verify the information? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the bibliography included? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Web Page Evaluation Procedure <ul><li>Step 1: Identify the type of Web Page </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Business/Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Informational </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul>
  16. 16. Web Page Evaluation Procedure <ul><li>Step 2: Use the appropriate checklist </li></ul><ul><li>* Answer questions with “Yes” or “No” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Web Page Evaluation Procedure <ul><li>Step 3: Based on the checklist criteria, determine the relative quality of the Web page </li></ul><ul><li>*the greater number of checklist questions answered “yes”, the more likely the page is of higher informational quality </li></ul>
  18. 18. Internet Reference Sites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http://library/ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Students will use material taken from each of these sites </li></ul><ul><li>The four evaluation forms are adapted from these sites </li></ul><ul><li>Students will have to access a few of these sites in order to complete assignments </li></ul>
  19. 19. Overview of Lesson <ul><li>Inclusion seniors: Study Skills class </li></ul><ul><li>Length of lesson: one school week or as needed from student pace </li></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>Students will understand the importance of Web Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Students will compile a working portfolio for Web Evaluation usage </li></ul><ul><li>Students will have a broad variety of Web Evaluation forms to choose from </li></ul><ul><li>Students will complete Web Evaluations using criteria given </li></ul>