The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

Do any of you have a list of things to look for to make sure that you are reading a credible resource when researching on the web for elementary students?

Views: 108

Replies to This Discussion

Great question with no easy answer. As a compiler of websites I usually check out the site before I post it. On my Evaluating Websites page I have some good sites that will help guide you. For example the first site on the right states:
Is there an author? Is the page signed?
Is the author qualified? An expert?
Who is the sponsor?
Is the sponsor of the page reputable? How reputable?
Is there a link to information about the author or the sponsor?
If the page includes neither a signature nor indicates a sponsor, is there any other way to determine its origin?

Evaluating Websites Page - http://cybraryman.com/evaluating.html


I would also recommend using Kid Search engines to find sites for young children:
Search Engines - See: Kids Search Engines - http://cybraryman.com/searchengines.html
Great tips for checking out a web site. I would also add that you should check to see if a "last updated" date stamp can be found.
I always play on a site for at least 5-10 minutes to test for grade level appropriateness. I also look at the ads on the page for inappropriate content and I click on all of the navigation links to see where they take me.

Lastly, I go to work and check to see if it is blocked by our filtering system :)

Jerry has a good point to check for an author and who is the sponsor (i.e. is it a commercial sponsor with an agenda?)

I compile my resources on a PortaPortal page for my students and add new ones as I test them out: http://guest.portaportal.com/mshertz
A great resource, not only for your teachers but for students. whois.net

A place to research the registration data on the domain.
Thanks! Do you just type in a topic like a google search in one of the empty spaces?
Keep in mind that there are other ways of researching reliable websites - this is just a quick snap shot solution. First box - Whois look-up plus your ending (com, org, net etc..) will take you to all the background registration on the particular url. Don't get overwhelmed by the amount of information but when you dig in a bit you'll certainly be able to decipher who developed it and much more. Once you have the hang of it, it will be easy to teach to both colleague and student. Good luck. AT

RSS

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

John Maker commented on Jim Marshall's blog post How to Educate Your Child to Prepare for College?
"Good post! As I know this process is not so simple and require time and money. By the way if you will need some additional money for this important situation I can recommend good payday loans nc service, you can gey money on your card right now…"
yesterday
Anne Morris updated their profile
Jan 16
Marry Williams posted a discussion

How to Choose Curriculum Writing and Design Service

Writing and carrying out the design of a CV is a challenge that we all, once, have faced with greater or lesser success, but as your career evolves, curriculum development becomes more complex and requires a higher level of professionalization to express the differential value against the competition, the CV requires a much more strategic, differentiating, detailed and objective oriented design and writing. That is why many professionals, aware of the importance of transmitting the impeccable…See More
Jan 9
John Maker commented on Mark William's blog post Top Online Business And Management Degree Programmes To Enhance Your Career
"Good post! If you will start your own business and you will need to create a company I can recommend to hire professionals for this purpose. It is from my personal experience. I spent a lot of time on this and then decided to hire specialist from…"
Dec 30, 2019
John Maker commented on Julie Petersen's blog post The Top 10 Essay Writing Tools For Teachers & Students
"Good post! I agree with all. By the way I can also share good website with reviews about different writing services. Here is a link https://aucustomessays.com/studymoose-review/. Such information can be very helpful for students who don't have…"
Dec 27, 2019
Nadia Madlea left a comment for shivani Singh
"Our company Greenland oil and gas in Australia is in need of candidates for the following positions below. 1 Finance, Logistics,Administration, Customer care, IT, Human Resource, Accounting Manager ,Catering , sales & Marketing,HSE…"
Dec 18, 2019
Nadia Madlea left a comment for Shiv Shekar
"Our company Greenland oil and gas in Australia is in need of candidates for the following positions below. 1 Finance, Logistics,Administration, Customer care, IT, Human Resource, Accounting Manager ,Catering , sales & Marketing,HSE…"
Dec 18, 2019
Nadia Madlea left a comment for Timothy Day
"Our company Greenland oil and gas in Australia is in need of candidates for the following positions below. 1 Finance, Logistics,Administration, Customer care, IT, Human Resource, Accounting Manager ,Catering , sales & Marketing,HSE…"
Dec 18, 2019

© 2020   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service