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11 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation

11 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation
In this day and age, where anyone with access to the internet can create a website, it is critical that we as educators teach our students how to evaluate web content. There are some great resources available for educating students on this matter, such as Kathy Schrock’s Five W’s of Website Evaluation or the University of Southern Maine’s Checklist for Evaluating Websites. Along with checklists and articles, you will also find wonderfully funny hoax websites, aimed at testing readers on their ability to evaluate websites. These hoax sites are a great way to bring humor and hands-on evaluation into your classroom, and test your students’ web resource evaluation IQ! Check out these 11 example hoax sites for use in your own classrooms: Of all of these, my favorite is always the Dihydrogen Monoxide website, which aims to ban dihydrogen monoxide and talks in detail about its dangers. Happy hoax-hunting! Like this: Like Loading... Related:  Classroom AppsEnglish year 7-9

Shelver! | Mrs Lodge's Library TPT Bonus Sale! TPT is throwing a bonus sale for back to school tomorrow! Everything in my store is on sale! read more » TPT Sale! Hoax or No Hoax? Strategies for Online Comprehension and Evaluation Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Student Objectives Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Extensions Student Assessment/Reflections Students will Use research-based comprehension strategies to read and evaluate websitesPractice analysis by comparing hoax and real websites and identifying false or misleading informationApply what they have learned about hoaxes by creating an outline of their own hoax website and evaluating the outlines of their peers back to top Session 1 Session 2 Project Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus onto a screen. Session 3 Session 4 For more practice with identifying credible websites, have your students take the tutorial at Vaughan Memorial Library: Credible Sources Count! Have students evaluate how well they are now able to read websites using the new comprehension strategies on the What I Learned self-evaluation sheet.Collect both sets of student Is This a Hoax?

10 Word Cloud Generators You Have Probably Never Tried A few days back, we looked at five great ways to incorporate word cloud generators into your classroom. There are obviously many more uses out there for them – but that is a discussion for another post. We’ve mentioned most of these before – in a post from way back when – so I won’t go into too much detail about each individual one, but we’ve added a few notable ones to the list. (Of note, the list is in no particular order). The vast majority of them work the same: plug your text into the box, select a few options, and you’ve got yourself a word cloud. Some offer more options than others, some offer word clouds with words going in any and all directions, some offer shapes, others create much simpler word clouds. If you do a quick search for word cloud, you’ll see so many different types. Do you have a favorite word cloud generator from the list below? Wordle Jason Davies’ Word Cloud Generator WordSift WordItOut Tagul TagCrowd Yippy WordMosaic AbcYa Tagxedo VocabGrabber

The Power of Google By Delano Taylor|source: Feb 22nd, 2012 Google.com is pretty self explanatory. Right? Recently, I found that there’s this complete underground world of mind-blowing search tools for Google, never before mentioned to me. With midterm papers beginning to breath down my back, this information will be quite beneficial. 11k Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose Based on the award-winning early literacy program by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Mother Goose on the Loose, and developed by the creators of the original Felt Board app, Felt Board – Mother Goose on the Loose can be used by parents and children at home, in early childhood programs, and by librarians as a supplement to the Mother Goose on the Loose parent-toddler program. Help Little Bo Peep find her lost sheep and dance them around the screen together in time to the music. Guide Jack and Jill up and down the hill and march with Grand Old Duke of York. Sound effect buttons like rhythm sticks, rattles and a rain stick are included for young children to interact with songs and rhymes as they are played. Songs and rhymes include: Old Mother Goose, Goosey Goosey Gander, Jack and Jill, Jack Be Nimble, 2 Little Monkeys, 5 Fat Sausages, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Little Miss Muffet, Hickory Dickory Dock, Eency Weency Spider, Row Row Row Your Boat, and more. Testimonials

Homework Center: Finding Information on the Internet: Evaluating Web Information Evaluating Web Information by Pearson Education Development Group There is a wide variety of information available on the Web, making it one of the most powerful tools for doing research. Domain Names The first step in evaluating Web information is to know the kind of site you are accessing. .edu educational site (universities and colleges) .com commercial business site .gov U.S. non-military governmental site .mil U.S. military site .net networks and internet service providers .net networks and internet service providers .org U.S. non-profit organizations You can generally expect the information on .gov and .mil sites to be accurate. The CARS Checklist You can use the CARS checklist (Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, Support) to help you evaluate information on the Web. Credibility Don't believe everything you read on the Web! What are the author's qualifications for writing on the subject? Accuracy Remember that almost anyone can publish information on the Web. Reasonableness

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