Can your students evaluate online resources for
quality and accuracy of information? That is a vitally important information
literacy skill, which we refer to as "media awareness" or "mediacy."
This page contains links to Web sites that deal with authenticating online
information, collected by Susan Harris of California State University at
Fresno; Robin Pence, a Technology Resource Teacher; and our own review of
relevant Web resources.
Here are two excellent Web sites by Jan Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate that
will introduce you to new strategies for teaching media awareness.
The following list contains a collection of guides, checklists, rubrics, and
"tip sheets" that deal with evaluating the credibility of information
sources and developing media awareness.
21st Century Information Fluency Project
IMSA (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy) announces their MicroModules
- an online teaching and learning package consistnig of short, self-directed
learming modules to enhance your skills in locating, evaluating, and using
Internet resources for the classroom.
"I C You See" - A Guide to Critical Thinking About What You See on the
This is a good resource from the Ithaca College Library.
- A Tale of
This "teachable moment" site compares promotional Web sites
for two cities - one bogus and one real. However, due to the popularity of
this site for teacher professional development, the Web sites for the two
cities have since moved or disappeared.
Becoming a Critical Consumer of the Web
Kimberly S. Roempler, Eisenhower National Clearinghouse's Associate Director
of Instructional Resources, has looked at thousands of web sites. This article
explains her criteria for selecting the best.
- Critical Evaluation
This page, created by Kathy Schrock, contains critical
evaluation surveys, information by the author, and links to other Web site
- Eight Quick Ways of Checking
Information on Web Sites
This British Web site provides a checklist
summary that your students can use.
Evaluating Web Pages
This is a valuable resource with guidelines, developed by the Teaching Library
Internet Workshops, University of California, Berkeley.
- Evaluation Criteria
for Web Sources
Five important criteria to consider:
Accuracy, Authority, Objectivity, Currency (timeliness), and Coverage. By
Susan Beck, New Mexico State University.
- Evaluation Rubrics for
This is another excellent resource with evaluation rubrics geared to different
grade levels, created by Tammy Payton.
This excellent Canadian site has several features in both English and
French, such as Reality check! Evaluating online information; Media Literacy
Classroom Resources; Media Literacy Key Concepts; Media Issues, and many
- Rubrics and Assessment
Another good resource created by Kathy Schrock.
- Teaching Zack to
This article about a student who was asked to write a paper
about the Holocaust will help to dispel the notion held by many students that
"If it is on the Internet, it is true."
Updated August 25, 2005
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