Web Site Evaluation
Just because it's on the Internet, doesn't mean it's true!
Anyone can have a web page, and anyone on the Internet can say they are an expert. Valid and reliable websites meet basic criteria. Check out Joyce Valenza's two systems of evaluation.
Use the BASIC system for elementary/primary levels.
Use the CARRDSS system for secondary levels.
Try a webquest on web site evaluation:
Joyce Valenza's WebQuest for Web Evaluation (9-12)
Elementary - BASIC
Secondary - CARRDSS
The Dangers of Wikipedia
Bogus and Hoax Websites
About.com Urban Legends
CDC Health Hoaxes & Rumors
For more information about evaluating web pages, check out the following links or current tags in my delicious account @ http://delicious.com/jpmoore67.
Some of my favorite Web Evaluation Resources are:
What are you searching for?
The Good the Bad and the Ugly: or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources
Tammy Payton's Evaluating and Using Print and Media Resources
Alan November's Information Literacy Resources (November Learning)
Snopes Urban Legends Reference
University of California - Evaluating Web Pages Checklist
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask