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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Evaluating Internet Resources Gretchen Greiner Technology Services Frederick County Public Schools Why Evaluate? Volume of resources Anyone can publish on the net No approval necessary Evaluation is Imperative!!

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the good the bad and the ugly evaluating internet resources

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:Evaluating Internet Resources

Gretchen Greiner

Technology Services

Frederick County Public Schools

why evaluate
Why Evaluate?
  • Volume of resources
  • Anyone can publish on the net
  • No approval necessary
evaluation is imperative
Evaluation is Imperative!!
  • Must learn to be effective CONSUMERS of information.
  • Must learn to REACT to Internet information, not just RETRIEVE.
a word about filtering
A Word About Filtering
  • Cruel world
  • In 5 years - Internet on cell phones
  • If you filter you cannot teach critical thinking skills
  • School is only part of the students’ world
  • Always remember that the Web is a web
criteria
Criteria
  • Authority and Accuracy
  • Objectivity
  • Currency
  • Design and Style
  • Navigability
authority and accuracy
Authority and Accuracy
  • Author’s qualifications
  • Author’s affiliation
  • E-mail contact person
  • Is the information accurate?
  • Are there typos?
  • All of it is copyrighted!
strategy learn the structure of url before search engine use
Strategy: Learn the Structure of URL Before Search Engine Use

pubweb.acns.nwu.edu/~abutz

  • pubweb.acns - the computer where the information is located
  • nwu.edu - organization operating the computer
  • ~abutz - personal home page of someone named A.Butz
context clue the tilde
Context Clue: the Tilde
  • ~jones = a personal site,

someone’s opinion

www.politicalscandals.com/~jones.html

strategy check out the tilde owner
Strategy: Check Out the Tilde Owner

If necessary, truncate the address back to the author’s name

Copy the full address (but not http://)

Switch to a search engine

In the search box type link://pasted URL

Click on the search button

Search returns any web site linked to anything the author has written

strategy check out the author
Strategy:Check Out the Author
  • Use a search engine to search for the author’s name, in quotation marks.
  • Find the author’s e-mail address and write to him or her.
  • If you can’t find the author’s name, try to find the organization
  • Shows how other people categorize the author or organization
strategy identify linked sites
Strategy:Identify Linked Sites
  • Copy the URL, including http://
  • Switch to a search engine
  • Type link:pasted URL
  • Click on search button
  • Returns links to that document
  • Link strategies cause you to think
context clue domain name
Context Clue: Domain Name

.edu = education site (www.umd.edu)

.com = profit making site (www.netscape.com)

.gov = government agency (www.fbi.gov)

.org = nonprofit organization (www.mpbn.org)

.net = network organization (www.eclipse.net)

.mil = military (www.army.mil)

.fr = country domain for France (.ca Canada)

new domain names
New Domain Names

.nom = personal/individual Web sites

.firm = business organizations

.info = information services

.int = Internet organization (www.reliefweb.int)

.arts = culture and entertainment

.rec = recreation sites

.store = online shopping

.web = Web related sites

objectivity
Objectivity
  • Evidence of bias?
  • Electronic soap box?
  • Trying to change your opinion?
currency
Currency
  • Date of information
  • Publication date
  • Date of last revision
  • Current, active links
design and style
Design and Style
  • User friendly
  • Uncluttered and clean
  • Basic design must reflect the content

First Prize

First Prize

Design and Style

navigation
Navigation
  • Organization
  • Table of contents
  • Consistent buttons
  • Enough links
  • Accurate, appropriate links
six types of web pages
Six Types of Web Pages
  • Personal web pages
  • Advocacy web pages
  • Business/marketing web pages
  • Informational web pages
  • News web pages
  • Entertainment pages
never heard in the halls in internet savvy schools
Never Heard in the Halls in Internet Savvy Schools:
  • “Why should I bother to check out the source?”
  • “But the web page looks so official!”
  • “It’s okay to copy anything from the Internet.”
  • “I read it on the Internet so it must be true.”