A Lesson Using Kathy Schrock's “5 W's” to Evaluating Web Site Content
I teach an introductory level technology course at The College of Westchester, focused on emerging information technologies and how these are impacting the workplace, society, and world around us.
One of the vital topics we cover is how to assess the validity of web site content.
We start with a laugh, taking a look at the State Farm “You can't put it on the Internet if it isn't true” commercial. Next, we check out “How to charge on iPod with electrolytes and an onion” to get the students thinking.
After discussing the ipod charging onion video, we check out Kathy Schrock's “5 W's of Web Site Evalutation“. I created the following presentation to introduce these, and examine two web sites using the 5 W's to guide our assessment of each:
- Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything
- Discovery Education “Katch of the Month”
Of course, there are other methods and tools that students can use to assess web content for validity (such as the “CRAPP” test, which we shared here a while back). We welcome your suggestions and resources!