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Evaluating Educational Resources. W301. What are Educational Resources? . There are many kinds of resources available to you: Productivity Resources are tools that you can use in lesson planning and grading to make you a more efficient teacher

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what are educational resources
What are Educational Resources?
  • There are many kinds of resources available to you:
    • Productivity Resources are tools that you can use in lesson planning and grading to make you a more efficient teacher
      • For example, gradebook software, lesson plan engines, and worksheet generators
    • Educational Resources are software and web resources that you can use actively with your students
educational resources formats
Educational Resources Formats
  • Educational Resources can come in a variety of forms:
    • Websites that are designed for use by your students
    • Software products that you can use in your classroom
why evaluate these resources
Why Evaluate These Resources?
  • Just because resources are “published” - either by a software company or by an individual - does not mean they are appropriate for classroom use
  • To help you focus on the main points with educational resources, we are going to ask three questions…
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Is the resource Accurate?
  • Is the resource Appropriate?
  • Is the resource Aligned with state content standards?
accurate
Accurate
  • Is the information current?
  • Is the information accurate?
  • Who is the author?
    • Does the author have expertise related to the content?
    • Does the author project bias?
    • Is the author a teacher?
appropriate
Appropriate
  • What is the intended grade level and content area for the resource?
    • Is the reading level appropriate?
    • Does the content provide enough detail regarding the topic?
  • Is the use of media appropriate?
    • Do things load well?
    • Do they not distract or detract from the content?
  • Is the resource designed to be used BY students?
aligned
Aligned
  • Is the resource aligned to state standards? Or can it be?
  • Does the resource give the opportunity to foster skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and reading?
  • A resource itself may only present an opportunity for alignment, based on how you use it.
lets look at an example
Lets Look at an Example
  • http://www.explorelearning.com
  • Accurate?
  • Appropriate?
  • Aligned?
now look at other examples
Now Look at other examples..
  • Accurate?
  • Appropriate?
  • Aligned?
  • http://www.whitehouse.net/
  • http://www.teacher.org/
  • http://www.lessonlocator.org/
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