Website Evaluation for students(and teachers too!) : Website Evaluation for students(and teachers too!) Teacher In-Service Breakout Session 2008-09 Surface AppearancesCan Be Deceiving… : Surface AppearancesCan Be Deceiving… these airplanes are actually over 200 yards apart – the size of the 747 and camera angle make things appear differently The Same Goes For Websites : The Same Goes For Websites On the surface, this site looks normal, but a deeper look reveals it is a Holocaust denial propaganda website .this and .thatWhat does it all really mean? : .this and .thatWhat does it all really mean? .com, .org, and .net are pretty familiar
They can be registered by ANYONE
.gov and .edu are restricted
Government agencies use .gov
Higher education institutions use .edu
Many new ones out there now, such as .us, .cc, .info, and many, many more
They can be registered by ANYONE A Brief Website Evaluation Checklist : A Brief Website Evaluation Checklist Is the source an authority?
Is the source accurate?
Is the source objective?
Is the source current?
Is the source thorough in coverage?
For the full version of this checklist, called The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly or Why It’s A Good Idea To Evaluate Websites, visit http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html QUICK – Check The Site! : QUICK – Check The Site! http://www.quick.org.uk/menu.htm Are These Sites Good Or Not? : Are These Sites Good Or Not? http://www.smokingsection.com/issues1.html#smoke
Clearly a work of just one person
No citations, just a rambling set of opinions with some relatively unconnected statistics
Banner ad indicates this person is likely a smoker – shows bias
The numerical URL should raise concern
Numerous misspellings and unusual items in the text
Citations might cause one to think it is real, as we tend to lend authority to studies and citations because it seems to be “research”
Special note near the bottom tells you the site is bogus
DEFINITELY INAPPROPRIATE Are These Sites Good Or Not? : Are These Sites Good Or Not? http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00030959.htm
The .gov and the fact it is from the CDC lends authority
Has references from known organizations
The information is rather dated
PROBABLY APPROPRIATE, BUT RESEARCH IS A BIT OLD
The page is sponsored by two UN agencies, but doesn’t appear to be an official UN website
It is a portal, a common type of “mashup” website you find nowadays – think of it like an automated newspaper on a subject
The disclaimer at the bottom states that any opinions are those of the authors and not either of the UN agencies
PROBABLY APPROPRIATE, BUT RESERVE SEPARATE JUDGMENT ON EACH INDIVIDUAL ARTICLE Review Of WSU TIPS Page : Review Of WSU TIPS Page I reviewed the Wichita State Technology Integration Projects for Students page, at http://education.wichita.edu/m3/tips/
In a search for “technology integration tips” it came up as one of the top twenty results, but with the name of the page, it isn’t surprising
Seems good on the surface, with authors from the Wichita Public Schools and Wichita State University
Contains some good information about an instructional framework called the “TRACER” model
References the use of the 2000 era ISTE standards
Has a few dead links
The last update was over six years ago
HAS SOME GOOD INFORMATION, BUT THE LACK OF RECENT UPDATES COULD LIMIT ITS RELEVANCY