Sunday, March 16, 2008

Hoax Sites: How to help kids interpret what they find online

"We spend a lot of time teaching kids to find things on the Net," November adds, "but we need to expend ten times more effort teaching them how to interpret what they've found."

The NEMPS Information Skills Report on New Zealand kids supports Alan November's claim.

The Edutopia article Online Alert is a great “morning tea read" for busy cluster teachers. It has practical strategies to help us help kids be discerning about what they find online. It includes several hoax sites to share when teaching kids how to be alert readers online.

The Pine-tree-loving Pacific Northwest tree octopus site is only one of several sites that you can design learning activities with to allow your students to be more alert to the reliability and validity of the content they access online.

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