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

Christy Glore joined Shelly Terrell's group
Thumbnail

Edchat

Join this group to extend the discussion of edchat topics!
Dec 3
John Maker commented on Regina Adams's blog post To let or not to let your children to play gambling games?
"I think gambling for young kids is not a good idea. But in general I think it can be like a normal hobby. I play for fun quite often with paypal casino nz and don't spend many money on this. Now you can play even with $1. Such games are good…"
Dec 2
John Maker commented on Veronica Hunt's blog post 10 Top Essay Writing Tools To Ease Your Students’ Lives
"Hi there! Good post, these tips are really useful! I also can share one website which can help you to save time when you writing essay. It is StudyMoose, here you can find many essay examples. Like example check these military essays…"
Dec 1
John Maker commented on Jennifer Broflowski's blog post Symptoms You Should Never Ignore.
"Good post! I also can say that you should pay attention on your mental health. Almost all our problems are from this..If you suffer from insomnia, depression or stress you should do something with this! As for me I found good decision, it is CBD…"
Nov 23
Julia Galkina updated their profile
Nov 19
John Maker commented on Thomas Whitby's video
Thumbnail

Dan Pink on Motivation in Business.

"Great video! I also want to ask question about accounting for business. I read that modern companies prefer to hire remote accountants for tax filing and other work. Is it good variant? I have small business in Singapore and I want to try services…"
Nov 18
Ruth Herman Wells posted an event

Portland OR Teacher Classroom Management Course at Courtyard by Marriott

October 8, 2020 to October 9, 2020
Management problems in the classroom ends here. This Teacher Classroom Management Course delivers hundreds of strategies for students who struggle with motivation, depression, work refusal, violence and more. Visit our website https://www.youthchg.com for more information, or via email (dwells@youthchg.com) or call toll-free to 1-800-545-5736See More
Nov 13
Kelly Leon posted blog posts
Nov 12

© 2019   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service