Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What makes an effective source?, Day #2--Searching and Evaluating like a Pro

How do you define what is an effective Web source or even just a general source? When we go out to eat, we have a set criteria for what makes a good restaurant. When we buy a home, we have a buyer's checklist. When we purchase a car, we have a criteria chart. Before we make most important decisions, we have a set of criteria. The key is being able to think critically. In fact, it is one of the four Cs of 21st Century Readiness as part of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I will practice what I teach--critical thinking of a Website. Here are four reliable Web sources to use when teaching Website reliability.

Kathy Schrock has an excellent guide for educators on the Discovery Education Network. She provides critical teacher evaluation information for elementary, middle, and secondary school. This is a great resource to turn to.

21st Century Information Fluency (21cif) provides multiple tools and links for Web evaluation.

The University of Michigan provides research guides for the public's use.

This "grammar" quiz acts as a great needs assessment for beginning to teach about Web reliability.

Stay tuned for a Website evaluation walk-through tomorrow. 

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