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Evaluating Online Info

With the overwhelming abundance of online information, being able to distinguish fact from fiction, proof from persuasion, and authority from advertising—assessing the credibility and reliability of online information— is an essential 21st-century skill.
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A Collection By Meghann Urewicz
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Evaluating Online Info
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    Aimed toward developing research-based comprehension skills and analyzing online resources, this lesson plan has everything you need to teach your high school students these essential skills. It includes multiple days of great activities, handouts, discussion questions and projects.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    This in depth lesson plan is aimed toward teaching middle and high school students about obtaining accurate and reliable online information. It allows students to explore the effectiveness of different search engines and the necessity of choosing specific and appropriate search words and criteria. The lesson plan also provides links to additional resources for these topics, along with evaluating site reliability.
  • ww2.kqed.org
    ww2.kqed.org

    Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters

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    Meghann Urewicz says:
    “If we are not teaching the kids to use the web as a vehicle for enhancing learning and teaching them to be the filter, that’s a dereliction of duty.” Students are exposed to hundreds of websites, and it is becoming impossible to shelter them from ones that are deemed inappropriate. This being so, it becomes more crucial to teach students to filter content themselves. This article gives lots of tips, and also has a video entitled "We Trust You" showing students that they have the power.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    This website hits home on the issue of reliable online resources. Our students have trouble distinguishing between a knowledgeable and scientific websites, compared to a website filled with falsities and opinions. However, they can develop skills to improve. I love how extensive the information is on this website. Utilize all this great information, which includes potential lesson plans and links to additional resources.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    This short three minute video would be a great intro to help students understand the objectives of an online literacy lesson or unit. It includes topics such as author bias, inaccurate facts, timeliness, and author expertise. I love how clearly the information is laid out, and my students always love to watch a video!
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    Identifying Reliable Sources and Citing Them

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    Meghann Urewicz says:
    This invaluable article, by Angela Bunyi, offers background about how crucial this topic is for insuring that students are college ready. It provides several lesson plan ideas, facts and statistics about how students are using online sources, and ways to verify source reliability. I also love that it touches on accurate citations!
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