It is imperative
to teach our students beginning with their first experience online
to "read" the web discriminately. Students need to understand that
just because something is posted on the Internet, it isn't necessarily true.
Teachers should practice the skill of web site evaluation before
instructing students. The Yahooligans
Teacher's Guide: Evaluating Web Sites
gives a good overall synopsis of web evaluation while
the Cyber Bee's WWW.CyberGuides rubrics
clarify the issues of both content and design. Tammy Barcalow has
somegreat suggestions to consider when first
introducing website evaluation. Check them out!
There are also many
alternatives for teaching students how to critically evaluate websites and
several links are included below. Kathy Shrock's Criteria Evaluation Survey: Elementary Level is an excellent choice to use with upper primary students.
The Schrock criteria are simply stated and appropriate for students
starting in about fourth grade. However, the form is bit long and may
overwhelm some kids. Since we need to consider the reading level of lower
primary students, I have created two checklists specifically for younger
children. These alternatives require minimum
reading and writing while introducing website evaluation. There is
one version for kindergarten and first graders and another
for second and third graders . Another good
option for our students is this Web
Evaluation for Primary Grades.
Regardless of the specific
tool you use, site evaluation should include judgement about the following
areas: navigation and usability, authorship and content validity.
Other Teacher Options
site Evaluation Rubric
Web Page Evaluation
Students to Evaluate Internet Sites
Learned:Exemplary Practices in Teaching Web Evaluation
Good Sites: A Rubric For Evaluating Student
Kathy Schrock's Critical Evaluation Survey: Middle
Web Evaluation for Intermediate
The Bad and the Ugly