Fake websites, Spoof websites, science spoofs, commercial fake sites Introduction to fake websites Librarians and educators need to be able to illustrate to students and users alike that websites cannot always be trusted to provide truthful and accurate data. This page provides examples of websites that are full of lies, inaccuracies or false information - either for amusement or for more worrying reasons. The list does not include phishing sites however; these are intended to fool a person into believing that they are visiting a legitimate bank site for example; there are already plenty of links to these online already. Fake websites - scientific and commercial All of the following websites are, to the best of my knowledge fake sites, spoof sites or parodies of 'real' sites. Sites are arranged in subject groupings, with what I consider to be the most credible examples at the top; hopefully this will help when you come to choose examples for yourself or students. This page contains examples of scientific and commercial sites. Dihydrogen Monoxide Genochoice
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask 1. What can the URL tell you? Techniques for Web Evaluation : 1. Before you leave the list of search results -- before you click and get interested in anything written on the page -- glean all you can from the URLs of each page. 2. 2. 1. INSTRUCTIONS for Truncating back a URL: In the top Location Box, delete the end characters of the URL stopping just before each / (leave the slash). Continue this process, one slash (/) at a time, until you reach the first single / which is preceded by the domain name portion. 3. Check the date on all the pages on the site. 3. 1. What kinds of publications or sites are they? Are they real? 3. Expect a journal article, newspaper article, and some other publications that are recent to come from the original publisher IF the publication is available on the web. Look at the bottom of such articles for copyright information or permissions to reproduce. 4. 1. a. Type or paste the URL into alexa.com's search box. b. 1. 2. 5. 1. 2. WHY?
Facts About Dihydrogen Monoxide Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol. For more detailed information, including precautions, disposal procedures and storage requirements, refer to one of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available for DHMO: Should I be concerned about Dihydrogen Monoxide? A similar study conducted by U.S. researchers Patrick K. Why haven't I heard about Dihydrogen Monoxide before? Good question. What are some of the dangers associated with DHMO? What are some uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide? Absolutely! Can using DHMO improve my marriage?
The perils of social media.. | UEL Psychology Librarian Internet Detective | The Brief Welcome to Internet Detective - a free online tutorial that will help you develop Internet research skills for your university and college work. The tutorial looks at the critical thinking required when using the Internet for research and offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of web sites. Who is the tutorial for? It’s designed to help students in higher and further education who want to use the Internet to help with research for coursework and assignments. What does the tutorial cover? The tutorial is divided into the following sections: What's the Story? What does the tutorial involve? You can work through the whole tutorial by selecting the next button at the bottom of each screen, or use the table of contents in the left margin to skip to a section. The tutorial will take around an hour to complete, but you can do it in more than one sitting. If you get stuck use the "HELP at the top of the page. ". OK, let's get on the case!
Valid Internet Sources for Student Research Not all online sources are created equal. While there are scores of legitimate sources online – including whole encyclopedias and many scholarly journals, there are also many that are much less credible. When a student cites a Web site in a report, it’s important for teachers to know the difference between content written by a professional (who did proper research himself) and “crowd-sourced” content. Crowd sourcing is when information gets posted on the Internet by people who claim to know the facts. In many cases these writers get things wrong, pointing students down the wrong path. To help you stay a step ahead of your students, EducationWorld will update this article from time to time as new sites go online. Wikipedia: The biggest and most successful of all the crowd-sourced sites, Wikipedia.com is essentially an encyclopedia written by random people on the Internet. Validity: Wikipedia is not a proper source for citations or any real research. Yahoo!
Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Help Save The ENDANGERED From EXTINCTION! The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Rare photo of the elusive tree octopus The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) can be found in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula on the west coast of North America. An intelligent and inquisitive being (it has the largest brain-to-body ratio for any mollusk), the tree octopus explores its arboreal world by both touch and sight. Reaching out with one of her eight arms, each covered in sensitive suckers, a tree octopus might grab a branch to pull herself along in a form of locomotion called tentaculation; or she might be preparing to strike at an insect or small vertebrate, such as a frog or rodent, or steal an egg from a bird's nest; or she might even be examining some object that caught her fancy, instinctively desiring to manipulate it with her dexterous limbs (really deserving the title "sensory organs" more than mere "limbs",) in order to better know it. Why It's Endangered
Serial: An engaging way to develop student skills? [*spoiler alert] | Shelldaynight * if you have never listened to Serial you may want to look away now… Anyone who knows me will know that I (and a million other people) am obsessed with the podcast Serial. It is a thought provoking, engaging and thoroughly addictive real life, murder mystery and an arguably pretty dark form of “entertainment”. But, could podcasts like this actually help students to develop their academic and digital literacy skills? 1. Critical thinking There is no known answer. 2. Serial has become a phenomena and Reddit has even dedicated a forum for people to discuss it. 3. This is a true story and therefore much of the information discussed in the podcast is of public record. 4. Although information about the case is publicly available this sharing of information, digging around social media profiles and speculating about people’s involvment in the crime could be considered unethical and even illegal if you are found to be libelling someone. Like this: Like Loading...
Motion BETA The mouse and keyboard were invented before the Internet even existed. Since then, countless technological advancements have allowed for much more efficient human computer interaction. Why then do we continue to use outdated technology? Introducing Gmail Motion -- now you can control Gmail with your body. Easy to learnSimple and intuitive gestures Improved productivityIn and out of your email up to 12% faster Increased physical activityGet out of that chair and start moving today How it works Gmail Motion uses your computer's built-in webcam and Google's patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands. "Kudos to the Gmail team for bridging the divide.
Evaluating Internet Resources How do I evaluate the quality of websites? How can I teach students to evaluate websites? Where can I find checklists for evaluation? Evaluating Internet Resources There's lots of good information on the Internet, but you will also find opinions, misconceptions, and inaccurate information. How do you judge the quality of Internet resources? Read Evaluating Information: An Information Literacy Challenge by MaryAnn Fitzgerald. Do you believe everything you read? Look for what Wikipedia calls the "verifiability" of information. Read Wicked or Wonderful: Revisiting Wikipedia by Annette Lamb. Misleading Websites Some websites were designed to be intentionally misleading. Read How to Spot a Fake Website by Garen Arnold (2009). Use the following websites to explore the issue of Internet content. Fake news has become a popular form of satire. The Onion The Daily Show from Comedy Central Colbert Report from Comedy Central A few websites are addressing the issue of misleading information. Try it!
Digital Literacy - Fake Websites Digital Literacy - Fake Websites by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Lots of us, kids included, tend to take websites on face value. One way to demonstrate this to children is to share fake or hoax websites with them. * All About Explorers This website was built by teachers specifically for the purpose of educating kids. * Aluminium Foil Detector Beanie I love the humour and detail in this website but it is probably best used with high-school aged kids. * Help Save the Endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Same creative genius behind AFDB above. * Victorian Era Robots 11 and 12 year-olds will enjoy the illustrations here. * Moonbeam Enterprises Great text to analyse. * The Museum of Hoaxes This is the repository of all sorts of hoaxes that travel the internet. * Snopes.com Snopes isn't a fake website either. When you do look at a hoax website, see what clues kids can pick up that suggest the site is not legitimate. Project: Create a Hoax Website
Using social media to promote your digital collections Crowdsourcing means to gather contributions from a large community in order to achieve a particular goal. While the primary goal of crowdsourcing activities might not be to increase visibility of a collection, this is a common side-effect. Building a crowdsourcing platform from scratch could be a significant undertaking, however many existing platforms are available that you might find are suitable. Examples - University College London and the Imperial War Museum University College London runs Transcribe Bentham, a crowdsourced project aimed at transcribing the unpublished works of Jeremy Bentham. Measures for success Measures for crowdsourcing activity may be linked to the project goal, and the number of contributors engaged in the project. More information Skills and knowledge required Experience of community management Cost £££££ - continuous investment required Resources: Our detailed guide to developing community collections
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