The internet has forever changed the landscape of education. The amount of resources that are available grows with every second. What once was only available to college students is now accessible to students of all ages. This also is very relevant to teachers. We can now find and use more information to deliver to our students. We can also collaborate with other teachers about lesson plans and curriculum. The amount of information makes our jobs easier and harder all at the same time. With students getting more adept at computer and technology use we as teacher need to stay ahead of the wave. We need to literally surf and stay in front of them.
Internet resources also come in a variety of forms and approaches. Some resources can be delivered in formats suited to accommodate students of all kind. This is a huge benefit to students with special needs or students that are home bound for what ever reason.
As Teachers we need to sift through and evaluate the over abundance of resources that are out there.
I found a great web site that lists criteria that should be used when searching these resources.
Here are some of those criteria. these are taken directly from the site and are wonderful tools to help find the best resources out there.
“Authority. Who says? Know the author.”
“Objectivity. Is the information biased? Think about perspective.”
“Authenticity. Is the information authentic? Know the source.”
“Reliability. Is this information accurate? Consider the origin of the information.”
“Timeliness. Is the information current? Consider the currency and timeliness of the information.”
“Relevance. Is the information helpful? Think about whether you need this information.”
“Efficiency. Is this information worth the effort? Think about the organization and speed of information access.”
The main take away I got from this site was filtering. We as teachers need to filter out all the stuff on the internet that is not helpful to our students. Fact, Fiction or opinion.