Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thinking Critically about the Internet

Today we will be using a rating sheet to evaluate websites.  You may not get to all of these steps today, so please start on Step One!

Step One: 
The topic of each of the sites below is endangered species. Pretend that you are about to do a project on endangered species,--go to one of these websites and use our rating sheet to decide if you would use the information you find there.

EndangeredSpecie.com (www.endangeredspecie.com)
Endangered Earth (www.endangeredearth.com/)
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopushttp://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus)
World Wildlife Fund: About Our Earth (http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/)
The Jackalope Conspiracy (www.sudftw.com/jackcon.htm)
Kids’ Planet: Species Fact Sheets (www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.html)
Wikipedia: Endangered Species (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered_species)
Endangered! Exploring a World at Risk (www.learnnc.org/lp/external/1265)
Earth’s Endangered Creatures (www.earthsendangered.com/)

Step Two:
Share and discuss your results with a classmate at the same step as you.

Step Three:
Use the rating sheet to rate one of your favorite 'green' sites.  How does it hold up to our rating system?  

Step Four:
 We have spent a lot of time discussing advertising. How does advertising factor into websites?  What do you notice?  Do you think that makes a difference in whether or not a website should be used for research?  Look at a few of these websites with an eye for advertising.  (Think about this and we will discuss it as a class next time!)

Step Five:
Should we change the rating sheet? How? Why? Note any changes you would like to make on an extra rating sheet.