After a student asked me to unblock web pages for her research of Pre-WWII Nazi Germany, I realized how much we need to teach our students how to tell if a web site is valid or not. The top two full pages of google results on her topic were only illegitimate sites made to warp her point of view about Nazi’s. Here are some very useful, and fun sites I’ve found – with hand outs – to help our students to get useful and valid information from the web.
Web Site Evaluation
Before you even start searching for data, you need to understand some web site name basics…
Truncate parts of a long URL to see if it works by itself. May show the organization that is hosting the site.
.com .co.uk .edu .ac.uk .org .gov .net .mil
http://www.echeat.com/essay.php?t=25746 commercial cite to buy essays
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/ commercial site in Great Britian – British Broadcasting Company
http://clarke.cmich.edu/homecoming/prewar.htm Michigan University
http://www.cup.cam.ac.uk/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521474078 Cambridge University
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causes_of_World_War_II wikipedia is an organizaiton
http://www.fbi.gov/libref/historic/history/worldwar.htm Government Agency
http://msencarta.net/encyclopedia_761563737/World_War_II.html MSN is an internet service network – .net
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=1323 military site
to see what 2 character abbreviation you need for your country : http://www.crayne.com/country.html
Don’t just go to Google and click on the top link – may be a ‘sponsored’ link – deep pockets go to the top. Not necessarily the best link. The search engine will be paid for each time the link is clicked, so the search engine puts them at the top.
Optional search engines:
Ivy’s Search Engine Resource http://www.ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html
http://clusty.com/ Site suggested by audience at NETA
http://www.wolframalpha.com/ site suggested at NETA 201o
http://www.goodsearch.com/ Raise money for your school for every search
http://www.sweetsearch.com/ site suggested by TIE in Colorado 2011
http://duckduckgo.com/ elementary level search built off of wolframalpha ideas – TIE 2011
http://www.quintura.com/ visual search engine – TIE 2011
The search tool below will help be as specific as possible.
http://21cif.com/tools/locate/ wizard to help with searching
(note – you can see what sites link to another site by using the link operator field)
Have students use the same search phrase on several
different search engines… Compare and contrast the results.
I found a site that looks good, now what?
down loadable ppt contained here: http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic32.htm
2 page Site Evaluation worksheet http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson1135/hoax.pdf
Search, Evaluate, Citation tools http://21cif.com/tools/ use the ‘evaluate’ link on the left side
While we are here, I used the Citation Wizard to build a MLA style citation for a book I am using as a resource for this session. Pretty Cool!
November, Alan. Web Literacy for Educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2008.
http://secondary.oslis.org/resources/cm/mlacitationss Additional citation wizard suggested by a NETA attendee 2010
http://www.bibme.org/ Fast & Easy Bibliography Maker added May, 2011
http://www.sourceaid.com/ Bibliography and citation builder Suggested by NETA 2011 attendee for scientific citations
http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/ Calvin College Citation Resource
http://easybib.com/ Will grab information from another page open and populate fields for you
Having problems finding the author of the site?
www.martinlutherking.org – looks like a good resource at first
Try to find the author? – links on bottom mention stormfront.org. Find a name of person behind stormfront.org or martinlutherking.org
Both mention Don Black
- What groups are Don Black associated with?
- Should we use this site as an impartial resource?
My students didn’t know “Berkeley” is a valid host.
pubweb in the beginning is a public web server – personal postings
~, %, and words users, people, or members appearing anywhere in the address – are also personal posting indicators
Good use of the school filter!
Some sites are blocked at school, but are available at home. This link will help find the site’s filter categorization from home or when a site is allowed at school:
Have some fun with obvious Hoaxes!
All About Explorers – Elementary level http://allaboutexplorers.com/teachers From TIE 2011
Hoax Lesson Plans http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1135
Site Evaluation Lesson Plan http://kathyschrock.net/eval/index.htm
Another collection of information if you still want more to do! http://exworthy.tripod.com/teachreswebeval.htm