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Web Evaluation

Using the 5 Ws to evaluate websites with middle schoolers

Carrie Day

on 13 September 2011

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Why do you need
to evaluate websites? WEB EVALUATION · The Internet is a virtual library, consisting of an unlimited amount of information. · The sites are created for a variety of purposes to inform, persuade, sell, and change an attitude or belief. · Anyone is allowed to publish and access this information. · All of these factors remind us of the fact that information that has been published on the Web, is no indication of its believability or accuracy · The sites are not monitored, edited, regulated, or approved. USE THE 5 Ws
WHEN YOU EVALUATE WEBSITES 1. WHO: Authority Can you tell who the author is? If not, what organization is sponsoring this Web site? Is the author/sponsor well-regarded in this field? What are his/her credentials? Are you led to additional information about the author? 3. WHAT: Accuracy Is the information accurate? (check with another website)
Can you confirm the reliability of the information? Do the authors include a bibliography or a reference list? Is this page mostly fact or mostly opinion? Are there links to the organization sponsoring the page? Or, does this seem like a lone person trying to voice his/her opinion? Is the page actually an advertisement disguised as information? 2. WHEN: Currency Is there a date on the website? Can I tell when this information was last updated? Does it matter to me whether this information is outdated? Why? 4. WHERE:Reliability What topics are included in the site? Are there headings and subheadings? Are there a number of links? Do the links take me to relevant sites? 5: WHY: Appropriateness Is the site clearly laid out? Is it easy to navigate the site to locate information? Are there interesting graphics and other interactive elements? A place of work? Biographical
info? Contact info? What is the purpose
of the site? Entertain sell persuade inform What does the URL tell
you about the site? There are 5 main parts to a URL http://www.saferinternet.org/safetyissues http: is a protocol world wide web
service to be used
on Internet Domain name:
where the web page
is located Type of domain .com= commercial .edu=college/
university .org=organization .mil=military .gov=government subfolders or
directories ~ = personal
page Is the site
readable? Are there spelling or
grammar errors? Is this the best
source available? To Review 5 Ws
1. Who: Authority
2. When: Currency
3. What: Accuracy
4. Where: Reliability
5. Why: Appropriateness Bibliography
Let's try it:
http://kofantom.hubpages.com/hub/Yeti-Lobster http://erindalepublishing.com/liger.htm http://bigcatrescue.org/2011/liger-facts/ types of domains http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/presidentsday/pages/lincoln.htm http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/abrahamlincoln
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