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Lesson 8 Evaluating Websites


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Lesson 8 Evaluating Websites

  1. 1. Lesson 8 – Evaluating Websites I’m Wilf . I will tell you “ w hat I ’ m l ooking f or” in this unit. This means I want to know if you can do what I am looking for by the end! I’m Walt . I will tell you what we will be learning, after all: w e a re l earning t o…work well in Meldrum Academy!
  2. 2. <ul><li>Walt says: “In this unit we are learning : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What to look out for when evaluating a resource </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to judge whether a resource is useful for your investigation.” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Wilf says: “What I’m looking for is that by the end of this unit you should be able to say: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ I can… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify where a piece of information ‘comes from’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Judge how accurate a resource is likely to be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognise differences between fact and opinion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spot bias and misinformation in a resource </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Judge how useful a resource is for my investigation’.” </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Evaluating information? You’re already doing it! <ul><li>Weather forecast </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper reports </li></ul>“ Tomorrow will be warm and sunny throughout Aberdeenshire …” “ New research published today suggests that most pupils enjoy exams”.
  5. 5. All day, every day! <ul><li>Television </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul>“ Heavy industry is destroying our planet!” “ Our jeans will make you irresistible and everyone will fall in love with you!”
  6. 6. Online information Anyone can publish on the Internet, whatever their intentions …… To inform … To sell you something … To persuade …. To fool you! For fame ….
  7. 7. So, is it Great or Garbage? <ul><li>Evaluation criteria: </li></ul><ul><li>Who wrote it? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it biased? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it useful? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who wrote it? <ul><li>What organisation or individual is responsible for the resource? </li></ul><ul><li>Look for clues in the url (.com .gov .org, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Are they a recognised expert in their field? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an ‘about us’ or ‘contact us’ section on the website? </li></ul><ul><li>If in doubt, Google the author to see what else they’ve written </li></ul>
  9. 9. Is it accurate? <ul><li>Does the information ‘fit’ with what you already know? </li></ul><ul><li>How up to date is the material? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the ‘facts’ check out? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Think about Wikipedia <ul><li>Wikipedia allows anyone to contribute an article </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia welcomes amateur contributors </li></ul><ul><li>No formal training is needed for posting an entry </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia entries do not list authors’ full or even real names </li></ul>
  11. 11. Is it biased? <ul><li>Few sources of information are purely factual – these are mainly encyclopaedias, dictionaries, reference works </li></ul><ul><li>Most sources contain an element of opinion or bias – some more than others! </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers, television broadcasts, political statements, scientific research – all represent different points of view </li></ul>
  12. 12. Points of view <ul><li>Take the issue of animal testing, for example. How many different points of view are there? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drug companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animal rights groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can you think of any other examples? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Clues about bias <ul><li>Bias can be useful in an investigation, but it can also be misleading. Here are some points to look out for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What sort of ‘language’ or tone does the author use? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What other sites does the resource link to? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there any advertising on the page? </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Is it useful for my investigation? <ul><li>When you are doing an investigation, ask yourself: </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information relevant or related to your topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the site well organised and easy to navigate? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the material written at the right level? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Summary … <ul><li>Remember: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who wrote it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it accurate? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it biased? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it useful? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Sites for Use with Activity 20 <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li> / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>