Evaluating online information
Engaging students in critical evaluation of online information in terms of accuracy, bias and reliability
Choosing the most reliable/ accurate / objective social media post
Finding bias / factual mistakes in a blog/vlog/article
Ranking the websites on a chosen topic according to their accuracy/reliability
Finding the least reliable photo/video evidence
#1 Different dimensions
Students learn about different dimensions of critical evaluation - (1) accuracy, (2) bias and (3) reliability. They explore the meaning of these terms.
Students generate/ explore / categorise questions which can be used to evaluate each dimension of information.
#3 Evaluation rubrics
Using the guiding questions within three dimensions, students generate an evaluation checklist for their own use in the activity. Checklists can also include prompts about what to do to evaluate the dimensions.
Using the checklist and a relevant example, a teacher models how it can be used for critical evaluation of information.
#5 Checking accuracy
Students use other websites to verify factual information.
#6 Checking reliability
Students analyse the website providing information. They consider the address (domain name), site authority and contact information; explore the home page.
#7 Identifying bias
Students analyse if a text provides one or multiple perspectives on the issue. The explore other possible stances on the topic.
#8 Decision making
Using their responses in the rubric, students report their findings and decide whether the information they evaluated is accurate, reliable and unbiased.