I have long used an older article originally entitled Teaching Zack to Think by Alan November, one of the great innovative education thinkers of our time. This article is about a student named Zack who researches the Holocaust online to write a paper that denies the Holocaust ever happened.
Does northwestern.edu lend credibility to the article? What does the tilde (~) mean?
Is Arthur A. Butz a professor? Of what?
What is the purpose of the website?
Is the content valid and substantiated in other media?
These are questions our students must ask if they are to use online research. Some university professors still do not allow online resources to be used in papers written at the college level. This will change. How can we prepare our students in K12 to research, publish, and communicate using resources found online. Certainly they must learn to evaluate resources before using them.
Love the example you give. Some resources just stand the test of time. Teaching Zack to Think was written 14 years ago. but I can see its value when I discuss validating resources with my students.
The next step is having a place for students (my students are 13 and older) to store what they find worthly, valid, and applicable to their paper, tagging them for easy retrieval. Thinkfinity Community will allow me to give my students a space to do this and have access to their resources from school and home.
I'm also looking into ways they might 'Friend' students in their work group and collaborate on documents for projects. So much to learn. 2013 ought to be a fun year for me and my students.