Friday, August 31, 2007

A message to students on their first day of internet access

Teachers and students need new literacy skills as more and more of the resources they turn to are web-based. Janice Friesen (in an article adapted from points out nine concerns that students should have when visitng a new web site. On the Web, much of what students read is not always fact - or at least not verified as completely accurate, and articles and blogs are often laced with opinion. Janice's summary should provide a good basis for one of your initial class discussions.

Janice's concerns include: reading URLs for information, looking for information about the author, understanding the "About" section of a Web site, careful reading of Websites and of Email,recognizing advertisements, looking for dates, triangulation(...finding three sources that agree on a fact) and being skeptical