What’s on the Web?
Tom March classifies "applications" which are available on the Web into 7 categories:
Lessons / on-line tutorials
Activities (Hot-lists, Scrap-books, Treasure Hunts, Samplers and WebQuests)
Decide which of March's 7 "applications" is being described. Match the application and the description.
References The silly, irreverent, even risque´ sites that can give some educators a headache, but often provide "motivational springboards" for students to explore more serious learning activities.
EnrichmentsCreating this type of application is a main strategy for classroom teachers to integrate the Web with their students' learning. This application includes Treasure Hunts, Samplers and WebQuests. This involves specific, outcome oriented learning and integrates other web applications such as references and resources.
ActivitiesThis application encourages students to solve a problem over a longer period of time. The heart of this application is usually a compelling event that benefits from in-depth examination from multiple perspectives and various academic disciplines.
Lesson/Online TutorialsThis application targets specific learner outcomes and then guides the user through instructional steps, often with feedback or checkpoints. These detailed and methodical websites make great learning tools.
ResourcesWhen a teacher wants to accelerate a process, she may use this application. These devices facilitate either student or teacher learning. Educators will not generally be the creators of this application because of the complexity of designing them.
ToolsThis source enhances educational programs by making learning more relevant and by tapping into specialized expertise. It differs from a reference in that it does not attempt to be complete. It differs from a lesson in that it does not contain instruction with clearly stated learning objectives. This is the main type of content on the Web.
ProjectsComprehensive, informational sites that educators will invariably find useful. They may be databases, directories, encyclopedias.
Web Site Evaluation Checklist(for students collecting resources for a research paper)
Things to know and do:
You should not start your research by looking on the Web with a search engine. You should collect some background knowledge first by looking at sources in the library. An encyclopedia or HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page" Wikipedia can be used.
You should only use articles that you can read and understand well.
Anyone can put articles on the Web from university professors to primary school students. Be careful!
Information you find on the Web may not be true. It may also be biased (someone's opinion). If so, it is very important to find opinions on both sides of the question.
When you find an article, read the first and last paragraph. Then read the first sentence in each paragraph. Don't use a dictionary. Do you understand the main ideas of the article? If not, don't use the article.
Answer the following questions "yes" or "no". If you have more than 3 "No" answers, do not use the information in the article in your research paper.
Some articles are written to report information objectively (without the author’s opinion). Other articles are written to “advocate” the author’s point of view, either for or against an issue. It is okay to use advocacy articles, but you also need to find an equal number of articles from the other side’s point of view.
___Is it clear to you that this article is either objective reporting or an advocacy article?
Which is it? (check one) ___objective___advocacy
2. ___Is more than one viewpoint expressed?
3. ___Can you identify the name of the organization that put up this Web site?
Which organization is sponsoring it?
1. ___Do you know who wrote the information on this page?
2. ___Is there a link to contact the author?
3. ___ Is there information to show that the author is knowledgeable or an expert?
Check the URL (Web address). A tilde (~) means the page is a personal one, not part of an organization’s official Web site. Try putting the author’s name into Google. See what else s/he has written. You can also put the URL into Google. This will show you which sites link to the page you found.
1. ___ Can you tell where the author got his/her information? Are there links to the sources?
2. ___ Is the information typed correctly, with correct grammar and spelling?
It is important to have up-to-date information. Some Web sites have old information that is still useful, but if the actual Web site is not updated, you may doubt the information that is presented.
1. ___Can you find the date that this article was originally written?Date:
2. ___Can you find the date that this article was put on the Web?Date:
3. ___Can you find the date that this article was revised?
4. ___Click on three links in the text (if there are links in the text). Are all the links working?
Some Web sites are collections of links to other Web sites. They are useful, but they not considered a “source” of information for your paper.
1. ___Does this Web site contain original information?
2. ___Does this article contain information that will help you with your paper?

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