This is the student notes pages that accompany the PowerPoint lesson by the same title. Answers are on the Powerpoint slides.
Evaluating Websites and Information:
Good Information Empowers…. Misinformation Impedes
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Information Empowers,” as if any information will empower us. But what if the information is wrong or taken out of context or biased? With the freedom of information through the Internet, there is a lot of misinformation as well as good information available.
Information literacy is a necessary skill everyone living in the 21st century should have. Failure to discern between good information vs. misinformation puts one at risk for manipulation.
The Dark Ages was a time of intellectual darkness in history, but intellectual darkness can still happen for masses of people today– not for the lack of information available, but for failing to learn to recognize good information vs. misinformation. We see that daily with email and social media rumors infinitely perpetuated without checking their veracity, errors in the news media when too many use a single source, or when they report hearsay as facts, and political and social propaganda year-round.
The Powerpoint lesson includes:
• The difference between good information and misinformation
• ©Google (or any other search engine) is not a citation source
• The difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web
• How to find good online sources; primary and secondary
• The ABCs of evaluating websites
• Examples of biased websites
• The importance of checking multiple sources
• Is Wikipedia an authoritative source?
The presentation includes a shorter version (26 slides following the original 33 slides) that excludes some of the Internet slides and the examples of biased websites if you need to shorten the lesson. The bibliography and author note are at the very end.
Print out the Presenter Notes pages from the ‘View’ drop-down (some slides have additional notes not on the screen); or use presentation view.