Overview:

Students will look at a website and use the tips to decide if it is bogus or not.

Learning Goal:

  • to gain knowledge and tips on how to evaluate websites
  • to become better critical thinkers and analyzers

Procedures:

Direct students to follow link How dangerous is DHMO? An option would be to bookmark this site on each computer.

If desired, print these guiding questions page that was created to accompany the buILder lesson:

After students complete the activity, use this PowerPoint presentation to direct them through further analysis of the websites:
(A free PowerPoint viewer is available for download.)

The PowerPoint looks at the following:

  1. When was it last updated? (bottom of page)
  2. What is the URL? (.net, .org, .com, .gov, ~) truncate to find the home page)
  3. Is there a contact person? (usually at the bottom of the page or somewhere visible
  4. Are there many pop up ads? (can be an indication of bias)
  5. Who created the site?
  6. Is it a person of authority?
  7. Is it a personal site? (look for the ~ in the URL)
  8. Is there a bias?
  9. What is the purpose of the site?
  10. Remind students: to avoid being DUPED when looking at a website, remember to look for: Date URL Pop up ads Email Design



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