Lesson 3: Content Introduction
1. Students will be able to correctly define the tem “validity”.
2. Students will be able to list at least three criteria that can be used to check a web site’s validity.
3. Student will be able to accurately rank a web site’s validity, given list of evaluation criteria
Instructional Activities and Strategies:
Teaching Activity Type
Show students Tree Octopus Web site.
Show Geico French Model commercial clip to class
Class discussion of the definition of “validity” and why validity is important using:
Class looks at the following site together to help establish importance of checking Website validity.
UNC Asheville: Evaluating Website Material
Teacher led discussion of what kinds of things make for a valid source
Key Questions for Site Evaluation:
- Is it clear what it’s about?
- Is it easy to find the information you need?
- Is it clear who is providing the information
- Can the information be checked?
- When was the site produced or updated?
- Are there a lot of ads?
teacher webpage with the key questions prepared.
Guided Practice and Exploration:
Teacher will navigate to the 3 example websites and ask the students to indicate if they feel the site seems valid based on the criteria.
Sites linked on teacher Web page - students explore on iPad
Independent Practice and Elaboration:
Provide three websites for students to evaluate independently. Students copy and paste the guiding questions and web links into Evernote from teacher Web site. Students examine each site and draw conclusion based on their answers to the Key Questions.
Site linked on teacher Web page - students explore on iPad
Teacher runs Socrative quiz throughout class to record student opinions regarding individual sites and their validity.
Resources, Materials and Technology Needed:
teacher webpage with questions and sites prepared
Socrative Quiz Prepared