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Ministry of Education.

Learning task 5

Learning intention(s) We are learning to evaluate sources 
KCs/Principles/Values focus Relate to others – peer discussion
Think – make reasoned judgements about sources
Use language, symbols and texts – explore the language used to evaluate
  1. Investigate, with students, ideas about the reliability and trustworthiness
    of sources. (While the focus here is on websites, it should be remembered that there are other useful sources such as books and Information File material which are not electronic, and it may be useful to explore these sources with students.)
    Some particular areas to focus on are
    • Whose site is it?
    • Reliable domain names
    • Is the writer an expert?
  2. Discuss the idea of bias (PDF).
  3. Revisit the notion of stakeholders. Ask students to check out the websites in the stakeholder table to determine the kind of a stake each website writer /owner might have. (ie What might they be trying to achieve through their website? What might they be hoping to get out of it? What might their purpose be in writing/ constructing the website?)
  4. Ask students to complete the bias table by filling in examples of the different indicators of bias from the texts on the stakeholders table.
  5. In order to familiarise students with the language of evaluation, cut up the evaluation table and use it as a matching exercise. Have students compare answers with a peer, and to discuss differences. (Students will later use this language when they complete an evaluation exercise on their own chosen sources.)
  6. For an extension exercise students could evaluate the reliability and trustworthiness of some sites such as Tree Octopus, Google Technology. Or you could introduce students to Mashable.

Published on: 05 Jan 2011




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