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How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information
The volume of information available on the Internet is astounding, and it just keeps growing. Business intelligence company DOMO estimates that 571 new websites are created every minute. With that amount of information, it can be difficult for students to separate the gems from the garbage, but, fortunately, we can help them navigate online information easily and efficiently. What Students Currently Think of Online Information Image via Flickr by USACE Europe District Students today don’t know a world without the Internet, but that doesn’t mean they know how to think critically about what they see online. Coiro suggests strategies to help students to effectively evaluate what they see on the Internet, practice refuting what is on the Internet, and cross-check claims. Identifying Good Content There are a few checks and balances to ensure that online content is indeed credible. Learning to Use Websites Effectively Students may not understand the differences in quality between websites.

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