Finding Validity in Online Sources

You can believe everything you find on the internet, right? It’s there, all the facts are printed. It must be true. The truth is we live in an amazing time in history where anyone can share the information that they have learned. Everyone can be an expert. But, how do we decipher between the experts who truly have valid knowledge and those who are just sharing what they think or may have heard somewhere?

The following are a set of lessons that I have designed using the respected college and university writer and educator, Robert Harris’, CARS method of Evaluating Internet Research Sources.  Use them in your class how you see fit, however remember that these are Robert’s ideas and conclusions so please credit him. (for purposes of an interview I have only created one lesson right now Lesson 2: C is for Credibility, however I am going to finish the rest soon as this is an important topic)

Lesson 1: Reliable Information is Powerful Information: Introduction to CARS

Lesson 2: C is for Credibility (Screencast)

C is for Credibility Activity

Lesson 3: A is for Accuracy

Lesson 4: R is for Reasonableness

Lesson 5: S is for Support

Final Activity: Teams of 4 write and create a Public Service Announcement, can be on any of the CARS in any modality: printed advertisement, infographic, 90 second commercial, song, etc.

References:

Harris, Robert. 2015. Evaluating Internet Research Sources.

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