Evaluating Websites For Learners

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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

2. Outcomes

  • Why the need to evaluate?
  • Criteria educators could use
  • Criteria for learners to start using
  • Alternatives: kid safe search engines/directories
  • Google Custom Search
  • 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

  • Authors contact details
  • 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

  • Accuracy/ Correctness
  • Scope/Coverage
  • Relevancy
  • Currency

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
  • Navigation is easy
  • Site map is evident
  • Links are clearly visible
  • Activity pages are printable
  • Games are playable
  • Limited bells & whistles
  • 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

  • Why?
    • Learn to acknowledge Web source
    • Learn difference between a search engine and a website
    • Learn to scrutinize a website

50. Referencing a website

  • How?
    • Author/s or organisation if available
    • Date on which the site created
    • Title of webpage
    • 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]

52. Thank You! Questions? Contact:[email_address]