RATIONAL FOR EVALUATING & SEARCHING THE INTERNET UNIT
When teacher librarians gather, they talk. When four high school teacher librarians meet weekly it is inevitable that they discuss their patrons, particularly the concerns shared over the skills they lack. Our students know how to text, update their Facebook page, and use Google, but when it comes to academic research their abilities are very limited. As we all voiced the same concerns we decided that creating a class to teach freshmen proper Internet search strategies as well as how to evaluate the information they found there would be a boon to all of us, as well as fulfill the assignment criteria.
The boxes below contain all the instructions and activities needed for the modules. All the student activity links are found on the Module pages.If you would like to have access to the Google Forms used please email one us and we will share the form with you.
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Just like a book has 'Features of Text' (i.e. titles, headings, index, diagram, table of contents, font color and size, etc.) a web page has specific features to help you know how to navigate through it and find information quickly in order to allow you to evaluate the site to see if the information found on the site is what you need.
Objective: By the end of module 2, students will understand the parts of a web site and be able to use the features of the site to evaluate the site to see if the information found on the site is what you need.
Time: Two 60 minute periods. Lesson one- 1 day, Lesson two (sections 1, 2, 3) -1 day. Lesson three-Optional lesson
In Module 2 the student learned about the parts of a web site. In Modules 3 and 4 students will learn about the criteria used to evaluate a website. Module 3 contains 4- 15 minute lessons and Module 4 contains 4- 15 minute lessons with a 5th optional lesson on Hoaxes.
Objective: By the end of Modules 3 and 4 you will understand and be able to use the eight criteria used for evaluating a web site. The eight criterion covered are: Purpose, Authority, Objectivity, Appropriateness, Currency, Responsibility, Clarity, Accessibility. A ninth optional lesson on Hoaxes is also provided..
Time: Module 3: four - 15 minute lessons
Module 4: four- 15 minute lessons with a 5th optional lesson
Objective: By the end of Module 5, students will understand the importance of slowing down and actually reading the information on a web site, and how to read and locate information on a web page. Remember: just because it looks ‘good', doesn’t make it right.