Don’t Believe Everything You See Online

Why is our first impulse to believe something that we see, read or hear? Especially if it is in print, online or comes in an “officially” looking packaging?

How do we teach ourselves and our students, that another impulse has to follow the first one immediately: Evaluate…critical thinking… learn to listen for and to your own “gut feeling”… cross referencing…

Information literacy is an important part of being literate.  Being able to know how to read and write alone, just doesn’t “cut it anymore”.

As always, I started out by asking my PLN on Twitter if they had any resources that might be interesting. Thank you all who contributed!


How easily can your students be fooled?

Start out by:

  • showing them the following video clips for example. Observe their initial reactions?
  • designing a lesson around a website deliberately sprinkled with false facts
  • find out how many just blindly trust everything the read, see and hear online?
  • find out how many  of your students are critical web users?

Once we prove to our students that “they too” can be fooled, we might be able to get them to see the value of having a process (criteria) in place that allows them to evaluate websites and other media

The House Hippo

Dove Commercial

All About Explorers

I blogged about this site as a valuable resource a few weeks back. Lesson plans, activities and resources are assembled for you to lead your students to research and evaluate information critically.

Further resource links  and examples of bogus and hoax websites:

Fake Internet Resources- The Bogus Internet

Facts about Dihydrogen Monoxide


Google: The Technology behind Google’s great results.


Mr. Puffin‘s Evaluating the Web links

Website Evaluation in Elementary School (Washburn Elem. School)

Evaluation criteria you want  your students to consider when doing research:

Great lesson plans and Student evaluation checklist from Cybersmart for different grade levels.