THE IMPORTANCE OF WEB EVALUATION:
It is vital for educators and students today to evaluate the information they find on the internet. In fact, evaluation of information is an important aspect of information literacy; therefore, it is vital for teacher librarians to integrate this into their teaching. There is such an overwhelming amount of information on the web and a lack of monitoring of this abundance of information; therefore, anyone can publish anything on the website without it being edited or verified. Students and teachers must learn to become critical users of information. Herring (2011) asserts that educational criteria, followed by reliability, and technical criteria must be considered, in that order. Some great sites for website evaluation include:
Kathy Schrock’s great site that has some fantastic lesson plans and evaluation criteria: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/eval.html
The International Reading Association’s website evaluation lesson ideas: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/inquiry-internet-evaluating-pages-328.html
Edublog’s link to some great website evaluation lesson plans: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/11/9-resources-for-website-evaluation.html
The World Wide Web virtual library bibliography of excellent evaluation sites: http://www.vuw.ac.nz/staff/alastair_smith/evaln/evaln.htm
The American Library Association’s (ALA) ‘Great web sites for Kids’: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/greatwebsites/greatwebsitesforkids/greatwebsites.cfm
Herring, J. (2011). Improving students’ web use and information literacy: a guide for teachers and teacher librarians. London, United Kingdom: Facet Publishing.