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Thinking Critically about Web Sites. Cynthia W. Sparks Chesapeake Public Schools. WWW: Access to Everyone. Not all sites are good sources of information In past, expensive to publish Materials usually juried by authorities Carefully selected Today, anyone can publish to web

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Thinking critically about web sites

Thinking Critically about Web Sites

Cynthia W. Sparks

Chesapeake Public Schools


Www access to everyone

WWW: Access to Everyone

  • Not all sites are good sources of information

  • In past, expensive to publish

    • Materials usually juried by authorities

    • Carefully selected

  • Today, anyone can publish to web

    • Easy to broadcast inaccurate or biased material

  • Users must be critical consumers of information


What to consider

What to consider?

  • Source

    • Who is the author?

    • Does the creator have knowledge of the field?

  • Date

    • When was the site created?

    • Is the information updated periodically?

    • Are links to other sites kept current?


What to consider1

What to Consider?

  • Content

    • Is the content accurate and current?

    • Is the content relevant?

    • Is the coverage comprehensive?

    • Is the site obviously biased?

  • Design

    • Is the site easy to navigate?

    • Does the design enhance the site?


Places for more info

Places for more info

  • Evaluation criteria for Information Sources

    • http://www.vuw.ac.nz/~agsmith/evaln/evaln.htm

  • Thinking critically about WWW Resources

    • http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/help/critical/index.htm


Evaluating web sites practice

Evaluating Web sites: Practice

  • A WebQuest about Evaluating Web Sites

    • http://mciu.org/~spjvweb/evalwebstu.html

  • This quest asks you to compare specific sites in groups of 4

  • Each member of the group will have a specific job to accomplish

  • Finally the group will evaluate and discriminate between the various web sites visited.


Resources

Resources

  • Beginners Central

    • http://www.northernwebs.com/bc

    • Online tutorials of basic information for the novice


What about the page content

What about the Page Content

  • Web page content http://www.lib.msu.edu/link/critical.htm

  • Icyousee Critical to the web

    • http://www.ithaca.edu/library/Training/hott.html

  • Evaluation Surveys from Kathy Schrock

    • http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/eval.html

  • Disinformation on the Web

    • http://library.humboldt.edu/~ccm/crithink.html


Teacher adult concerns

Teacher/Adult Concerns

  • Evaluating Web Resources

    • Faculty guidelines from Maryville College

    • http://faculty.maryvillecollege.edu/library/researchguides/Evaluating%20Web%20Sites.htm


Thinking and paying attention

Thinking and Paying Attention

  • Web is a wonderful gift and a dangerous place

  • Brings a wealth of information into the classroom

  • With every benefit there are concerns

  • Teaching student to think, pay attention, and evaluate is imperative


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