Presentation on theme: "Evaluating Websites: Spoof, Spam, and Spite Marsha Lustigman, M.A., M.L.S Librarian, Bialik High School, Montreal March 17, 2009."— Presentation transcript:
Evaluating Websites: Spoof, Spam, and Spite Marsha Lustigman, M.A., M.L.S Librarian, Bialik High School, Montreal March 17, 2009
Teaching Information Literacy Media literacy(curriculum reform) To ‘google’ or not to ‘google’ Using the internet as the world’s library: pros and cons Proliferation of opinion as fact on Web2.0
Spoof & Spam on the Web: ‘Just because it’s out there, doesn’t mean it’s good!’ Social Studies: Create a Travel Brochure Mankato, MNMankato, MN Media: New York TimesNew York Times Technology: The Search Engine How does Google work? Google work?
Hoax and Hate on the Web Martin Luther KingMartin Luther K The White HouseWhite House Institute for Historical ReviewInstitute for Historical Review
Evaluation Criteria: Authority Who wrote it? .com,.edu,.org., gov? Professional publisher? Commercial vendor? Amateur or individual author? Educational organization? NGO?
Evaluation Criteria: Accuracy Have you compared this information with other websites on the same topic? Are there links to other sources? Is there a bibliography of print or other media sources? Verify! Verify! Verify!
Evaluation Criteria: Currency Is the information up-to-date? How do you find out? Medical & scientific information Historical information
Evaluation Criteria: Content Is the text well-written or are there spelling and grammatical errors? Is the text too academic or difficult to understand or is the text too simple? Are there many pictures or photos on the topic versus text? Is the layout designed by a professional or academic organization versus an amateur or commercial organization?
Just because it’s on the Internet does not mean its for real! Real Mankato Mn. website: Fake Mankato Mn. website: ankato.html
Evaluation Forms to LEARN about critical thinking The Research Path: 7 steps to success (Bialik Library Guide) Information Skills for Lifelong Learning – the MELS reform (Quebec, CA)
The Research Path: 7 steps to success ..\Desktop\researchpath.pdf..\Desktop\researchpath.pdf
How to Evaluate an Internet Site: Guides for Educators Bialik Library Internet Guide Bialik Library Internet Guide Internet Public Library: A + Writing & Research Guide Internet Public Library: A + Writing & Research Guide All About Explorers All About Explorers
Using Evaluation Forms to Teach Critical Thinking Schrock Evaluation Guide for High School Students Schrock Evaluation Guide for High School Students Berkeley Library Guide Berkeley Library Guide
How to Evaluate Websites: Recommended Guides for Students and Educators Internet Public Library Berkeley Library Evaluation Form Bialik Library Evaluation Information Kathy Schrock’s Guides /eval.html /eval.html November Learning literacy-resources