Want to research something on the Web? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby join the digital revolution by introducing you to online sources. Learn how the Internet can be a one-stop destination for all of your research needs. Discover some of the different types of websites that can help you in your search for information. And learn how to evaluate the trustworthiness of an online source in six easy steps! Save your back--you don’t need to haul a stack of encyclopedias around anymore. It’s online or bust!
Website Evaluation - Rate Your Resource?
When we search online for information, we need to think critically about the websites we find.
Ask questions. Dig deeper. Cross-check.
How do we know that the resources we find are not just real, but also high-quality?
In your teams, choose one of the sites below. Evaluate the website using your Website Evaluation Rubric. Determine if the site is real, reliable, and high-quality.
For Future Lessons:
Thinking about Purpose and Looking for Bias
Website authors have a purpose, just like any author does.
P = persuade
I = inform
E = entertain
S = sell
An author's purpose will influence the way they present the information to the reader.
When an author wants to persuade you to think or feel the way they do about a topic, their website shows their bias.
Definition of Bias - from Merriam-Webster online dictionary -
an attitude that always favors one way of feeling or acting over any other
So, the information on that website may be the author's opinion and not just facts. The author may leave out facts that go against his/her opinion.
When you use a website, always be thinking about the author's purpose and if the information is an opinion or a fact.
Use these websites to think about the creator's purpose and to look for bias.
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