Web Research Support:



Web Guides for Students:


KIWE Interactive - pre-approved sites reviewed by educators
Linkasaurus - "official" kids sites
Linkopedia's Kid Zone - selected sites
Open Directory - Kids and Teens - sites selected by a vast army of volunteer editors
SuperKids - selected sites
Teach the Children Well - selected sites
Webschooling - selected sites
Yahoo Kids - selected sites

Specialized Searches:
- and what they search -


HOAX SITES:


Misleading Websites

Some websites were designed to be intentionally misleading. These websites may be parodies, satire, hoaxes, or designed to show students the importance of questioning information found on the web.external image DmXZ0-i_S3-P5lM_EdkKIXS9HCbipXmVm_5DsR5YS2yHXtP6m9KjSCftPUfrJES5V-ay_vWwycgd0f9t9R6hpTdGQYmkXfWshQzphIGbM7Y-_q9SRmcReadHow to Spot a Fake Website by Garen Arnold (2009).

ReadIntentionally Misleading Web Sites by Frank Westcott. tech Learning, April 1, 2005

Use the following websites to explore the issue of Internet content. Some are real and some are fake or silly. How will you teach students to question EVERYTHING they read? Select one to use as an example. Or, go toGoogle Directory: Hoax for more examples.



Fake news has become a popular form of satire. Read aboutNews satire at wikipedia. Here are three popular examples:



A few websites are addressing the issue of misleading information. Use these websites to help your students identify fact and fiction. Keep in mind that even these websites should only be one of many sources of information.




STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION TOOLS:

Follow these steps for completing this activity:

  1. Download and reproduce one of the following rubrics:
    1. Rubric for Primary Grades - Using 25 points, young children can begin learning how to assess the content of Internet information.
    2. Rubric for Intermediate Grades - This 50 point evaluation guide, is a step up from the primary rubric.
    3. Rubric for Secondary Grades - Using 100 points, students can use this evaluation tool to assess web site content.
  2. Depending on the age of the students, spend 15-30 minutes introducing the content of the rubrics and how they should use this sheet to evaluate and score web site design.
  3. Next, pre-select at least 2 or maybe 3 web sites that are appealing to the age of your students. Follow this suggested lesson plan:
    1. Introduce a web site to your class using a large monitor display. Because this is an introduction, it is best if the teacher has control over the navigation of the web site. As a group look over the web site for about 5-10 minutes. Encourage student discussion while you browse through the site's content.
    2. Review the web site elements on the Web Evaluation Rubric . Spend another 10-15 minutes re-evaluating the content found on that web site using the rubric.
    3. As a whole group, fill out the rubric for web site design.
  4. Now that the entire class has filled out one web design assessment rubric, they are ready to do another. Depending on the age of the students in your class, they can evaluate the next web site as: a whole group, a small collaborative group, or individually. If this is not done as a whole group, take time for the small groups or individuals to share their scores with the entire class.
  5. Have your students repeat this exercise several times during the school year. Once in a while, include a web site that has poor design elements to see if your students can identify what is missing.
  6. Display a large poster of this rubric in your classroom for easy reference.
Resource Links Used to Create these Assessment Tools
Blue Web'n Site Evaluation Rubric
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/rubric.html
HyperTerriost Guide to WWW Design
http://www.robotwisdom.com/web/terrorist.html
Style Guide for Online Hypertext
http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/
WDVL: Web Site Design
http://wdvl.internet.com/Authoring/Design/
Etiquette for Information Providers
http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/Etiquette.html