Friday, August 26, 2011

Website Evaluation with 9th graders

We are finishing up week 2 at the IA *gasp* and so far...things are good. I have gotten to work 9 classes of freshmen and I'll work with the last 3 at our West campus next week. Since our students come from so many districts, I start with the basics so that all of our students are starting at the same place.

Their first library lesson was Website Evaluation. My guiding question for the lesson was "How do we determine what information sources to trust?" I have a presentation, lots of examples, some short videos and then a homework assignment. Students are asked to find a website and evaluate it according to the standards that I have given them for academic research. Our students sometimes struggle with determining if the author is an expert or not. I found this great video on YouTube this year and I think it did a great job of illustrating my point. The students seemed to enjoy it, so I think it will stick :)

I've been maintaining a orientation wiki for several years now and I've updated with materials for this year. This is the IA Orientation Wiki. It has been allowing me to collaborate with students across 3 campuses and it keeps my lessons nicely organized and easy for students to access. All good things :)

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