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: 107

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

Christine Hinkley posted an event

OLC Innovate 2020 at Sheraton Grand Chicago

March 31, 2020 to April 3, 2020
Together we will build new foundations for stronger, better higher education environments. And because innovation scales best when ideas are shared, our work sessions will explore digital technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership, and evolving practice at all levels impacting institutions, universities and colleges.CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 11, 2019. LEARN MORE:…See More
Monday
George Danke posted a discussion

Integration with The Latest Technology in Education Field

It is with certainty that we can say that the future of education is looking very bright. Today the kids are taught so many new innovations that we adults couldn't have imagined learning at school. They are also given exposure to more practical lessons. Integration with the latest technology and the accessibility to global platforms have made the industry take a whole new perspective towards imparting knowledge to students. Though the current generation is much advanced and keep up with the…See More
Jul 25
George Danke replied to Nanacy Lin's discussion Future Of Education
"Hi! I think that exactly AI will have a great impact on feature of Education. Technologies are rapidly developing and soon there will be tools with the help of which the learning process will be faster and more efficient."
Jul 24
George Danke replied to Shanshan Ma's discussion Personalized learning network and social media
"Hi! I agree that this platform it is a nice place for educators.  However, you can find people and education groups in such social medias as Facebook and Twitter which also can help you to find some useful information.  So, I can not…"
Jul 24
Profile IconSharon Boling, Jerry Hansen, Sara Maynerich and 40 more joined The Educator's PLN
Jul 23
Ruth Herman Wells posted an event

Seattle WA Teacher Behavior Management Professional Development Workshop at Marriot Courtyard South Center

April 23, 2020 at 9am to April 24, 2020 at 4pm
Got Problem Kids? Here's your Problem-Student Problem-Solver Workshop. You name the problems and this workshop delivers hundreds of immediate problem-stopping answers. You will leave with innovative, more effective strategies for school failure, truancy, dropping out, work refusal, violence, delinquency, bad attitudes, depression, and more. Online workshop, college credit and free clock hours also available. For more info go to our website,…See More
Jul 18
Deidra Campbell liked Thomas Whitby's blog post Parent Communication Isn’t What It Once Was.
Jul 6
Daisy Hastings posted a blog post

How and Why To Get Into National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization for the high-school students. It is dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the young ones for their excellent performance at educational establishments. Hence, those who satisfy the membership requirements laid down by the school’s chapter can apply for the NHS membership.How to get into National Honor Society?The first task is to figure out if your school consists of an NHS chapter. And, if it does…See More
Jun 24

© 2019   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service