Evaluating Websites For Learners


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    1. 1. Evaluating websites for learners ‘ A wise teacher does not lead you into the house of wisdom but the threshold of your own mind ” Kahlil Gibran
    2. 2. Outcomes <ul><li>Why the need to evaluate? </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria educators could use </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria for learners to start using </li></ul><ul><li>Alternatives: kid safe search engines/directories </li></ul><ul><li>Google Custom Search </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching website referencing. </li></ul>
    3. 3. A sign of the times
    4. 4. Why do teachers need to evaluate Websites? www.adcet.edu.au/.../web_Design.chpx
    5. 5. <ul><li>Web is like a jumble sale – anybody with internet access can contribute a website, but finding that prize item or website gem is relatively hard work. </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent the ‘million hits syndrome’ </li></ul><ul><li>Steer learners towards educator-evaluated web sources </li></ul>
    6. 6. More reasons to evaluate <ul><li>Ready list of annotated web sources – focus Information Literacy Skills on synthesis and engagement with the sources </li></ul><ul><li>Share resources – bookmark, collect under learning areas e.g. use social bookmarking tools like Delicious, DiggIt </li></ul><ul><li>With older learners especially, model web evaluation for learners to mimic </li></ul>
    7. 7. Last but not least … <ul><li>Teachers - evaluate so that YOU are not hoodwinked! </li></ul><ul><li>For example, do you know the difference between the following two websites? </li></ul>
    8. 8. www.whitehouse.gov
    9. 9. www.whitehouse.org
    10. 10. www.whitehouse.org
    11. 11. http://whitehouse.georgewbush.org/index.asp
    12. 16. Create a checklist
    13. 17. Criteria for educators <ul><li>Dozens of Web evaluation tools online. </li></ul><ul><li>Many different types of Web sites and no one way to judge them all. </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose of a checklist/criteria/form is to guide you through the evaluation process into asking appropriate questions. </li></ul><ul><li>After using the forms several times, you will develop an intuitive feeling about which Web sites will be successful with learners. </li></ul>
    14. 18. Where to find Web evaluation examples <ul><li>On Weblogs - http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2006/12/fake_websites_a.html </li></ul><ul><li>On Video sites like YouTube; TeacherTube; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_qR5lpnXBE </li></ul><ul><li>On SlideShare- http://www.slideshare.net/betchaboy/5-factors-for-evaluating-website s </li></ul><ul><li>Via Images - www.favors.fit.qut.edu.au </li></ul>
    15. 19. Evaluation Criteria Authority Content Design
    16. 20. Evaluation criterion AUTHORITY
    17. 21. Authority (Individuals) <ul><li>Do the author’s credentials show experience and expertise on the topic? </li></ul><ul><li>How reputable is the author in said field? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information credible and trustworthy? </li></ul>
    18. 22. Authority clues <ul><li>Author’s contact details </li></ul><ul><li>X-check author’s authenticity on other websites </li></ul><ul><li>Check if author associated with any reputable organisations or institutions </li></ul>
    19. 23. Authority: Organisations & Institutions <ul><li>Is the domain - .ac, .edu, .org credible? </li></ul><ul><li>How reputable is the organisation? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the organisation’s mission statement available? </li></ul><ul><li>Are their contact details provided? </li></ul>
    20. 24. Organisation’s clues <ul><li>Look at the domain - .ac, .edu, .org for credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Home page to find out more about the organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “about this site” to read about the organisation’s purpose </li></ul>
    21. 25. Evaluation criterion CONTENT
    22. 26. Content <ul><li>Accuracy/ Correctness </li></ul><ul><li>Scope/Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul>
    23. 27. Content: Accuracy/Correctness <ul><li>What is the intention of this site? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this site for entertainment or education or is it persuading me to buy something? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information error free and reliable? </li></ul>
    24. 28. Accuracy clues <ul><li>Read the “about us” for intention </li></ul><ul><li>Typos, spelling and language errors indicate poor editing </li></ul><ul><li>X-check factual information with other sites </li></ul>
    25. 29. Content: Scope <ul><li>How in depth is the coverage? </li></ul><ul><li>How unique is the content? </li></ul>
    26. 30. Scope clues: <ul><li>A webpage of information with mostly hyperlinks to other articles won’t satisfy depth of coverage </li></ul><ul><li>A student’s essay or personal rant about a topic is not usually original or worthwhile citing </li></ul>
    27. 31. Content: relevancy <ul><li>Who is the audience for this site? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the content at the right level for the audience? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the content assist in answering the question? </li></ul>
    28. 32. Content: Currency <ul><li>How up to date is the page? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the information require constant updates or is it not time-bound? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the links still working? </li></ul>
    29. 33. Evaluation criterion DESIGN
    30. 34. Design <ul><li>Is the site designed with ease of use and </li></ul><ul><li>is it aesthetically pleasing? </li></ul>
    31. 35. Design clues <ul><li>Site does not take long to load </li></ul><ul><li>Colour & graphics enhance content </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation is easy </li></ul><ul><li>Site map is evident </li></ul><ul><li>Links are clearly visible </li></ul><ul><li>Activity pages are printable </li></ul><ul><li>Games are playable </li></ul><ul><li>Limited “bells & whistles” </li></ul><ul><li>Site is disability friendly </li></ul>
    32. 36. Web Evaluation Checklists for teachers
    33. 37. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html
    34. 38. Learner Web evaluation checklists/forms <ul><li>Kathy Schrock’s Critical evaluation of a website for Senior phase learners http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/evalelem.html </li></ul><ul><li>For Intermediate Phase learners try http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/rtrieger/rubric2-3.htm </li></ul>
    35. 40. Alternatives to evaluating websites yourself …use specialised search engines
    36. 41. Search Engines for learners <ul><li>Yahoo for kids (http://kids.yahoo.com/) for IP & SP learners </li></ul><ul><li>Kidsclick database compiled by librarians. Over 6 400 sites. Search a subject directory or by key word. Can limit search by reading level! </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Jeeves for Kids (www.askkids.com)the natural language search tool </li></ul><ul><li>Awesome Library over 30 000 reviewed resources with ‘doors’ for kids, teens, teachers, librarians, or parents </li></ul>
    37. 42. More search engines for kids <ul><li>Kids.Net.Au an Australian search engine for kids </li></ul><ul><li>Berit’s best sites for children (http://www.beritsbest.com/) directory of selected, rated sites for children 14 and under </li></ul><ul><li>Barbara Feldman’s Surfing the Net with Kids Archive http://www.surfnetkids.com/ </li></ul>
    38. 47. Creating a customized search engine <ul><li>Google allows us to create our own search engine which can be added to our Weblog, Website or customized Homepage </li></ul><ul><li>As the creator, you can decide whether or not you want outside contributors </li></ul><ul><li>So, you can create a child appropriate search engine with selections of your choice </li></ul>
    39. 49. Referencing websites <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to acknowledge Web source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn difference between a search engine and a website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to scrutinize a website </li></ul></ul>
    40. 50. Referencing a website <ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author/s or organisation – if available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date on which the site created </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title of webpage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uniform Resource Locator (URL) including the ‘http://’ part </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date when you, the user, accessed the site </li></ul></ul>
    41. 51. For example <ul><ul><li>Foods Standards Agency (2003). What is BSE? [Online]. Available http:// www.foodstandards.gov.uk/bse [Accessed 4 April 2006] </li></ul></ul>
    42. 52. Thank You! Questions? Contact: [email_address]