Wikipedia.org is where millions of people stop first for information. Itís an ever-growing online encyclopedia, amazing in its depth and reach. Tools like Wikipedia are what make the Internet so valuable. But they also teach an important lesson: donít believe everything you read. Learning how to tell true information from false is the key to developing healthy critical thinking.
When can you trust what you find on the Web?
In this lesson, students discuss how print materials are published. Then they compare and contrast this process with publishing on the Web, learning that there are no built-in checks for accuracy or quality. Finally, they learn that there are criteria they can use to judge the trustworthiness and usefulness of websites.
Which keywords will give you the best search results?
In this lesson, students get hands-on practice using search engines. They use one, two, then multiple keywords, and discover that more words are better than one when it comes to keyword searches. They then devise their own search strategies to find information, using multiple keywords, synonyms, and alternative words and phrases.