Evaluating Online Curriculum Resources
- Thursday, November 01, 2001
The Five Ws (and one H) of Cyberspace is part of the Canadian Media Awareness Centers site. This one-page handout provides a list of appropriate questions to ask about any Web site, and also describes how to decode a URL (Web site address).
Evaluation of Web Sites. This component of a larger University of Chicago professional development Web site for teachers contains a tutorial with many details about how to evaluate Internet information for elementary and secondary education, including a printable evaluation checklist (http://cuip.uchicago.edu/wit/2000/curriculum/homeroommodules/assessEdSites/evalchecklist.htm).
Home-schooling families choose homeschooling in large part because they feel very strongly about their responsibility before God to direct their childrens education. Carefully evaluating instructional materials both traditional and online is an essential component of that responsibility.
Kathi Kearney has been working with home-schooling parents for 23 years. She works as an educational consultant for parents of gifted children. She has taught at the university level and is a free-lance writer. You will often find Kathi in Crosswalk.com chat rooms, helping home-school moms.
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