Lesson 8 Evaluating Websites

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  • 1.Lesson 8 Evaluating Websites ImWilf . I will tell you w hatI ml ookingf or in this unit. This means I want to know ifyou can dowhat I am looking for by the end! ImWalt . I will tell you what we will be learning, after all: w ea rel earningt owork well in Meldrum Academy!


  • Walt says: In this unit we are learning :
    • What to look out for when evaluating a resource
    • How to judge whether a resource is useful for your investigation.


  • Wilf says: What Im looking for is that by the end of this unit you should be able to say:
  • I can
    • Identify where a piece of information comes from
    • Judge how accurate a resource is likely to be
    • Recognise differences between fact and opinion
    • Spot bias and misinformation in a resource
    • Judge how useful a resource is for my investigation.

4. Evaluating information? Youre already doing it!

  • Weather forecast
  • Newspaper reports

Tomorrow will be warm and sunny throughout Aberdeenshire New research published today suggests that most pupils enjoy exams. 5. All day, every day!

  • Television
  • Advertising

Heavy industry is destroying our planet! Our jeans will make you irresistible and everyone will fall in love with you! 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. So, is it Great or Garbage?

  • Evaluation criteria:
  • Who wrote it?
  • Is it accurate?
  • Is it biased?
  • Is it useful?

8. Who wrote it?

  • What organisation or individual is responsible for the resource?
  • Look for clues in the url (.com .gov .org, etc)
  • Are they a recognised expert in their field?
  • Is there an about us or contact us section on the website?
  • If in doubt, Google the author to see what else theyve written

9. Is it accurate?

  • Does the information fit with what you already know?
  • How up to date is the material?
  • Do the facts check out?

10. Think about Wikipedia

  • Wikipedia allows anyone to contribute an article
  • Wikipedia welcomes amateur contributors
  • No formal training is needed for posting an entry
  • Wikipedia entries do not list authors full or even real names

11. Is it biased?

  • Few sources of information are purely factual these are mainly encyclopaedias, dictionaries, reference works
  • Most sources contain an element of opinion or bias some more than others!
  • Newspapers, television broadcasts, political statements, scientific research all represent different points of view

12. Points of view

  • Take the issue of animal testing, for example.How many different points of view are there?
    • Drug companies
    • Animal rights groups
    • Medical professionals
    • Political groups
  • Can you think of any other examples?

13. Clues about bias

  • Bias can be useful in an investigation, but it can also be misleading.Here are some points to look out for:
    • What sort of language or tone does the author use?
    • What other sites does the resource link to?
    • Is there any advertising on the page?

14. Is it useful for my investigation?

  • When you are doing an investigation, ask yourself:
  • Is the information relevant or related to your topic?
  • Is the site well organised and easy to navigate?
  • Is the material written at the right level?

15. Summary

  • Remember:
    • Who wrote it?
    • Is it accurate?
    • Is it biased?
    • Is it useful?

16. Sites for Use with Activity 20

  • http:// www.aboutanimaltesting.co.uk /
  • http:// www.uncaged.co.uk/iams.htm
  • http:// www.peta.org/actioncenter/testing.asp
  • http://www.pro-test.org.uk /
  • http:// www.deadlysins.com/guineaworm/index.htm
  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/animals/animal_testing/newsid_2149000/2149767.stm