Presentation by Jenny Armitage and Penny Harrison at ULearn ICT conference in Christchurch New Zealand 09 on how to critically evaluate websites. Useful for teachers to use for classroom ideas and professional development.
Evaluating Websites A Guide for Teachers Jenny Armitage and Penny Harrison /2009
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Why teach it?
The web is full of information that may or may not be true. Seeing is believing ?
Anyone, of any age, experience, qualification and learning can upload information.
While web address extensions might give you some assurance, these cannot always be taken at face value.
Why teach it?(cont.)
Sometimes, information is copied from one website to another, without being checked or verified.
This can lead to the fact being accepted as true, because its on so many sites.
An example of this is the myth that people swallow up to 8 spiders a year.
Go check the facts behind this here: http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.asp
Defining A Good Website
What makes a site good, bad or indifferent?
There are various criteria which can be used to judge a website, as well as numerous articles telling you what to look for in a website.
Good Website Sites
Heres a great site that gives many sites and ideas for classroom use. Click on the Springfield link to have a look.
Another great guide is Kathy Schrocks ABCs of Evaluation .
There are also sites with more advanced content and vocabulary. Heres another university (Cornell) site.
Camper the Website
C = Consequences / Constancy
What are the consequences of believing this?
How consistent is this information (can you find other sites or sources to confirm)?
Camper the Website/2
A = Assumptions / Accuracy
What assumptions have been made here?
How accurate is the data / information? (whos the author? what credentials?)
Camper the Website/3
M = Meaning / Main Points
Whats the meaning of this?
What is the main point here?
Camper the Website/4
P = Prejudice / Point of View
What prejudice is being shown here?
What other points of view could be expressed?
Whose side is being presented?
Camper the Website/5
E = Evidence / Examples
What evidence is given to support the claims?
What examples are given to back up claims?
Camper the Website/6
R = Relevance / Reliability
How relevant are the claims?
How reliable is the source, writer, information?
Camper the Website (detail)
C = Consequences / Consistency / Currency
Critical questions to ask yourself:
What are the consequences of me believing all of this as it is presented?
How consistent is the information compared to other sources?
Is there a bibliography?
Does the site link to other sources of information about my topic?
How current is the information?
Is the site updated regularly?
Consequences, consistency, currency
Well check out this site:
Whizz through this site and check it out in Camper C terms. How would you rate it?
(What are the consequences of believing this? How consistent is this information?)