Location and Access - Locate Sources and find information within sources (also includes evaluating content of Web sources)


SEARCHING THE WEB
TUTORIALS

WEBQUESTS - WebQuests about Searching the Web
Search the Web Webquest – http://onlineschool.cusd.com/calonline/infolit/searchwebquest.htm
  • This WebQuest teaches students about the use and structure of a variety of search tools.
Searchquest: A Webquest about Searching the Web - http://www.parkerusd.k12.az.us/phs/library/lisstudents/assignments/searchenginewebquest.htm
  • Asks a student to develop an advertising campaign for one search tool.
Internet Detective Agency - http://imet.csus.edu/imet6/clingingsmith/html%20-%202nd%20tier/imet6/wq/IDA/IDA-Introduction.htm
  • Students form groups to earn their detective certification by investigating the reliability of websites (grades 3-8)
Atlantis WebQuest - http://drb.lifestreamcenter.net/Lessons/Atlantis/index.htm
  • WebQuest for 9-12 English or Social Studies. Embark upon an expedition to uncover the truth about Atlantis. Make judgments as to the validity of sources on the Internet. Includes Big6 evaluation tool

OTHER RESOURCES
Infopeople’s Best Search Tools - http://www.infopeople.org/search/tools.html
  • A template for efficient searching.

Kid’s Search Tools - http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm
  • Assists students (K-6) in searching online reference sources and search engines.

Searching the Web for Students - http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/gayle/search/search.html
  • An interactive activity developed by the LA County Office of Education including a pretest.

Search Engine Watch - http://www.searchenginewatch.com/
  • Provides searching tips, resources, and evaluations of search engines.

Selected and subject arranged Web sites:

Teaching Search Strategies - http://www.yahooligans.com/content/tg/search.html
  • Yahooligans Teachers’ Guide gives teachers a well defined basic guide to effectively searching a subject directory suitable for use with younger children.

EVALUATING WEB CONTENT
Evaluating Web Sites - http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/evalelem.html
  • A guide designed by Kathy Schrock.

Kindergarten-First Grade - http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/rtrieger/rubric.htm

Second-Third Grade - http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/rtrieger/rubric2-3.htm

More resources for evaluating websites: http://www.tammypayton.net/courses/print/evalweb2.shtml

Websites, which ones should you trust? - http://www.altn.org/webquests/websites/index.html

OTHER RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES
Deconstructing Web Pages - http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/secondary/internet/deconstruct_web_pages.cfm
  • An exercise for middle and high school students on evaluating information from sources they find online.

Digital Index Card - http://www.landmark-project.com/evaluation/evalform_1.php3
  • A web-based tool for collecting and evaluating information found on the Internet, created by educator David Warlick.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: or Why it’s a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources – http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html
  • A well designed link to the criteria to consider, and examples, from New Mexico State University.

Great Web Sites for Kids Selection Criteria – http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/greatwebsites/greatwebsitesforkids/greatwebsites.cfm
  • Children’s librarians and the American Library Association describe how to evaluate web sites for children’s use.

Hoax?Scholarly Research? Personal Opinion? You Decide – http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/lessons/secondary/internet/hoax_research_opinion.cfm
  • A lesson for high school students to be conducted in groups that helps them determine the validity information on the web.

Infopeople’s Evaluating Internet Resources: A Checklist - http://www.infopeople.org/howto/bkmk/select.html
  • A useful one page tool to use as an exercise in evaluating Web sites.

Kathy Schrock’s Web Evaluation Survey for grades – http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/eval.html
  • Exercises are provided, by grade level, to help students critically evaluate Web sites. Kathy Schrock, Administrator for Technology, Nauset Public Schools, Cape Cod, MA.

QUICK: The Quality Information Checklist - http://www.avon.k12.ct.us/enrichment/Enrich/quickgr4-0.htm
  • Younger students go through a list of eight questions to help determine which Web sites offer the best information. Printable tools and a simple quiz are very helpful.

U.C. Berkeley Web Page Evaluation Checklist (pdf) - http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/EvalForm.pdf
  • A useful and printable tool that can be used with high school students.