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.
Use the image below for the BASIC Use the image below for the Advanced
system for elementary students CARRDSS system for Advanced students
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 word processing 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 word processing 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.
- Identifying Fake News: An Infographic and Educator Resource by Bibme
- Teach Students to Navigate Fake News by Times Higher Education
- 10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article
- Edutopia: 5-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos on News Literacy
- Project Look Sharp: News Accuracy and Credibility
- Using Snopes: Rumor Has It
- Infographic on Fight Fake News by Lawyer Vanessa Otero
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.