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Learn to critically evaluate resources for accuracy

Joyce Valenza, a nationally acclaimed media specialist and super-librarian has created two systems of evaluation for web sites. You will use her rubrics to evaluate the research you just completed with MeL, Google, and YouTube or SchoolTube.

                                                           Evaluation Rubrics

Use the image below for the BASIC            Use the image below for the Advanced
system for elementary students                          CARRDSS system for Advanced students

    Basic CARRDS                               Secondary CARRDS

1. Use the BASIC system rubric for elementary level students, or the CARRDSS system rubric for advanced or secondary students to evaluate a resource you found on Google and in YouTube or SchoolTube. Type your results into your Google Document.  

2. Visit the Bogus and hoax websites linked to below. These are a source of fun and entertainment for many, and a great opportunity to apply your evaluation skills.

3. Use one of the Evaluation Rubrics to substantiate why these three sites are a hoax or bogus. Include this evaluation in your Google Document. 

4. Fake News is a hot topic and teaching students how to spot a false story is part of good research. Visit the following links and consider how you could build a lesson on spotting Fake News stories with your own students. 

After you have completed all the steps in the unit it is time for your final assignment. Move on to your Searching Safely and Strategically assignment


Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators

1a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
1c. Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

2b. Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, 
evaluation, curation and adoption of 
new digital resources and tools for learning.

3b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
3c. Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.

Additional Resources

Download these posters from Commonsense Media to use in your classroom: