Monday, November 1, 2010

Navigating Through WorldWideWeb Waters is Tricky

Just came across a little study (1) (2) conducted by an academic at the U of Connecticut that demonstrated the lack of skills youth have online, especially in deciphering between valid websites and fakes. I have a lesson early on in my science class that replicates this and the majority of my students believe the "pacific tree octopus" is real just from looking at the website(the website states their natural predator is the Sasquatch!)

Check out the websites and see for yourself.
Pacific Tree Octopus
Dog Island

I have introduced them to a tool that helps them tell if a website is legit or a hoax.

It was a neat eye-opener to see how the internet can be very "saavy".

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