What Students Should Know About JiTS

A Note on Searching the Web: To help students use the web for classroom activities on their own, you will probably want to teach them some tricks to searching. One of the best search engines is Google. If you select "advanced search." Google provides a full option search page.

The key to narrowing down a search is to provide more than one search word: include a general word or words that best describe what you want, and also include a word that is very likely to be included in the information you want but not in other sites that use the general word. (Alternatively, exclude a word that will appear in other similar sites but not in the one you want.) If phrases will appear in exact words, include them in quotation marks. For example, searching on monopoly will pull up thousands of web pages. Add, in quotes, "economic profits" and you'll get mostly sites that teach about monopoly. Or add -games and you'll exclude monopoly game sites.

How to Evaluate Web Sites: One of the most important things to learn is how to evaluate web information! Ask: Who provided this information? What are his or her qualifications? Is this information consistent with what experts say? Does this information reflect a particular viewpoint? What are the other viewpoints? What can I learn from this web page? Evaluate on four criteria: Authority, Accuracy, Objectivity, Currency, and Coverage. Here are some sources of information on this:

Evaluation of websites from Wolfgram Memorial Library
Evaluating information found on the Internet
Criteria for evaluation of Internet Information Resources

Issues of copyright and intellectual property:

Ten Big Myths about Copyrights Explained
Information on Copyright, Fair Use, and Intellectual Property
Educational Multimedia - Copyright and Fair Use, Selected Web Resources

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