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Yearout Website Evaluation

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Website evaluation assignment for PSU graduate class.

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Yearout Website Evaluation

  1. 1. Teacher In-Service Breakout Session 2008-09
  2. 2. Surface Appearances Can Be Deceiving… these airplanes are actually over 200 yards apart – the size of the 747 and camera angle make things appear differently
  3. 3. The Same Goes For Websites On the surface, this site looks normal, but a deeper look reveals it is a Holocaust denial propaganda website
  4. 4. .THIS AND .THAT WHAT DOES IT ALL REALLY MEAN? <ul><li>.com, .org, and .net are pretty familiar </li></ul><ul><li>They can be registered by ANYONE </li></ul><ul><li>.gov and .edu are restricted </li></ul><ul><li>Government agencies use .gov </li></ul><ul><li>Higher education institutions use .edu </li></ul><ul><li>Many new ones out there now, such as .us, .cc, .info, and many, many more </li></ul><ul><li>They can be registered by ANYONE </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Brief Website Evaluation Checklist <ul><li>Is the source an authority? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the source accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the source objective? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the source current? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the source thorough in coverage? </li></ul><ul><li>For the full version of this checklist, called The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly or Why It’s A Good Idea To Evaluate Websites, visit http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html </li></ul>
  6. 6. QUICK – Check The Site! <ul><li>http://www.quick.org.uk/menu.htm </li></ul>
  7. 7. Are These Sites Good Or Not? <ul><li>http://www.smokingsection.com/issues1.html#smoke </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearly a work of just one person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No citations, just a rambling set of opinions with some relatively unconnected statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banner ad indicates this person is likely a smoker – shows bias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PROBABLY INAPPROPRIATE </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The numerical URL should raise concern </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Numerous misspellings and unusual items in the text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citations might cause one to think it is real, as we tend to lend authority to studies and citations because it seems to be “research” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special note near the bottom tells you the site is bogus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DEFINITELY INAPPROPRIATE </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Are These Sites Good Or Not? <ul><li>http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00030959.htm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The .gov and the fact it is from the CDC lends authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has references from known organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The information is rather dated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PROBABLY APPROPRIATE, BUT RESEARCH IS A BIT OLD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.genderandaids.org/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The page is sponsored by two UN agencies, but doesn’t appear to be an official UN website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is a portal, a common type of “mashup” website you find nowadays – think of it like an automated newspaper on a subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The disclaimer at the bottom states that any opinions are those of the authors and not either of the UN agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PROBABLY APPROPRIATE, BUT RESERVE SEPARATE JUDGMENT ON EACH INDIVIDUAL ARTICLE </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Review Of WSU TIPS Page <ul><li>I reviewed the Wichita State Technology Integration Projects for Students page, at http://education.wichita.edu/m3/tips/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In a search for “technology integration tips” it came up as one of the top twenty results, but with the name of the page, it isn’t surprising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seems good on the surface, with authors from the Wichita Public Schools and Wichita State University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains some good information about an instructional framework called the “TRACER” model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References the use of the 2000 era ISTE standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has a few dead links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The last update was over six years ago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HAS SOME GOOD INFORMATION, BUT THE LACK OF RECENT UPDATES COULD LIMIT ITS RELEVANCY </li></ul></ul>