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- 1.Evaluating websites for learners A wise teacher does not lead you intothe house of wisdom but the threshold of your own mind Kahlil Gibran
- Why the need to evaluate?
- Criteria educators could use
- Criteria for learners to start using
- Alternatives: kid safe search engines/directories
- Teaching website referencing.
3. A sign of the times 4. Why do teachers need to evaluate Websites? www.adcet.edu.au/.../web_Design.chpx 5.
- Web is like a jumble sale anybody with internet access can contribute a website, but finding that prize item or website gem is relatively hard work.
- Prevent the million hits syndrome
- Steer learners towards educator-evaluated web sources
6. More reasons to evaluate
- Ready list of annotated web sources focus Information Literacy Skills on synthesis and engagement with the sources
- Share resources bookmark, collect under learning areas e.g. use social bookmarking tools like Delicious, DiggIt
- With older learners especially, model web evaluation for learners to mimic
7. Last but not least
- Teachers - evaluate so that YOU are not hoodwinked!
- For example, do you know the difference between the following two websites?
8. www.whitehouse.gov 9. www.whitehouse.org 10. www.whitehouse.org 11. http://whitehouse.georgewbush.org/index.asp 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Create a checklist 17. Criteria for educators
- Dozens of Web evaluation tools online.
- Many different types of Web sites and no one way to judge them all.
- Purpose of a checklist/criteria/form is to guide you through the evaluation process into asking appropriate questions.
- After using the forms several times, you will develop an intuitive feeling about which Web sites will be successful with learners.
18. Where to find Web evaluation examples
- On Weblogs -http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2006/12/fake_websites_a.html
- On Video sites like YouTube; TeacherTube;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_qR5lpnXBE
- On SlideShare-http://www.slideshare.net/betchaboy/5-factors-for-evaluating-website s
- Via Images -www.favors.fit.qut.edu.au
19. Evaluation Criteria Authority Content Design 20. Evaluation criterion AUTHORITY 21. Authority (Individuals)
- Do the authors credentials show experience and expertise on the topic?
- How reputable is the author in said field?
- Is the information credible and trustworthy?
22. Authority clues
- X-check authors authenticity on other websites
- Check if author associated with any reputable organisations or institutions
23. Authority: Organisations & Institutions
- Is the domain - .ac, .edu, .org credible?
- How reputable is the organisation?
- Is the organisations mission statement available?
- Are their contact details provided?
24. Organisations clues
- Look at the domain - .ac, .edu, .org for credibility
- Click on the Home page to find out more about the organisation
- Click on about this site to read about the organisations purpose
25. Evaluation criterion CONTENT 26. Content
27. Content: Accuracy/Correctness
- What is the intention of this site?
- Is this site for entertainment or education or is it persuading me to buy something?
- Is the information error free and reliable?
28. Accuracy clues
- Read the about us for intention
- Typos, spelling and language errors indicate poor editing
- X-check factual information with other sites
29. Content: Scope
- How in depth is the coverage?
- How unique is the content?
30. Scope clues:
- A webpage of information with mostly hyperlinks to other articles wont satisfy depth of coverage
- A students essay or personal rant about a topic is not usually original or worthwhile citing
31. Content: relevancy
- Who is the audience for this site?
- Is the content at the right level for the audience?
- Does the content assist in answering the question?
32. Content: Currency
- How up to date is the page?
- Does the information require constant updates or is it not time-bound?
- Are the links still working?
33. Evaluation criterion DESIGN 34. Design
- Is the site designed with ease of use and
- is it aesthetically pleasing?
35. Design clues
- Site does not take long to load
- Colour & graphics enhance content
- Links are clearly visible
- Activity pages are printable
- Site is disability friendly
36. Web Evaluation Checklistsforteachers 37. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html 38. Learner Web evaluation checklists/forms
- Kathy Schrocks Critical evaluation of a website for Senior phase learnershttp://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/evalelem.html
- For Intermediate Phase learners tryhttp://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/rtrieger/rubric2-3.htm
39. 40. Alternatives to evaluating websites yourself use specialised search engines 41. Search Engines for learners
- Yahoo for kids(http://kids.yahoo.com/) for IP & SP learners
- Kidsclickdatabase compiled by librarians. Over 6 400 sites. Search a subject directory or by key word. Can limit search by reading level!
- AskJeevesfor Kids(www.askkids.com)the natural language search tool
- Awesome Libraryover 30 000 reviewed resources with doors for kids, teens, teachers, librarians, or parents
42. More search engines for kids
- Kids.Net.Auan Australian search engine for kids
- Beritsbest sites for children (http://www.beritsbest.com/)directory of selected, rated sites for children 14 and under
- Barbara Feldmans Surfing the Net with Kids Archive http://www.surfnetkids.com/
43. 44. 45. 46. 47. Creating a customized search engine
- Google allows us to create our own search engine which can be added to our Weblog, Website or customized Homepage
- As the creator, you can decide whether or not you want outside contributors
- So, you can create a child appropriate search engine with selections of your choice
48. 49. Referencing websites
- Learn to acknowledge Web source
- Learn difference between a search engine and a website
- Learn to scrutinize a website
50. Referencing a website
- Author/s or organisation if available
- Date on which the site created
- Uniform Resource Locator (URL) including the http:// part
- Date when you, the user, accessed the site
51. For example
- Foods Standards Agency (2003).What is BSE?[Online]. Availablehttp:// www.foodstandards.gov.uk/bse[Accessed 4 April 2006]
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