Evaluating digital content: 6 resources for teachers

Teaching responsible Internet use has always been been important and as of September 2014 teaching children to ‘be discerning in evaluating digital content’ officially became part of the Computing curriculum here in the UK. Here’s six resources that might help:

  1. I’ve shared the story of the late composer Ronnie Hazelhurst’s obituary and the journalist, who used Wikipedia without question, with many classes. A clear, real life example on why evaluating what you find online is so important – and the nature of wikis. Read about it here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7761153.stm
  2. The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is endangered… and doesn’t exist. But will your class work it out? If it looks true and there are pictures, it has to be true… right? http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
  3. Have you been to the Republic of Molossia lately? No, nor me. that’s because it’s not really a country, but ssssh… http://www.molossia.org/countryeng.html
  4. All About Explorers was created by educators for educators to help teach children about using the Internet for research. There are resources and lesson plans too: http://allaboutexplorers.com/about/
  5. Why not use Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles to remix a webpage and change some vital information on it? Nothing is set in stone online and this tool demonstrates that brilliantly: https://goggles.webmaker.org/
  6. Last but not least, use a web building tool such as Weebly.com or Google sites and have children create their own spoof websites to see just how easy it is.

If you have any more great tools for teaching children how to evaluate digital content, please do share them below in the comments.

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