As discuss from my previous entry, technology and online resources are beginning to be one of the primary tools in today’s learning. Thus, it is important for us teachers to be aware of the importance of checking the credibility of the tools that they are using and whether it will be relevant to students’ learning. As a developing History teacher, it is significantly important to be knowledgeable of the skills that determines the correct and appropriate resources that will be suitable for students learning, capability and age appropriation particularly with the amount of different historical sites in the Internet today. Educators can use a wide variety of resources such as State Department of Education (the Department of Education WA) and professional educational organisations (SCSA, The Australian Curriculum) to assist them on identifying the appropriateness of the educational resources that they can use within the classroom (Shelly, Gunter, & Gunter, 2012). On top of this, to further strengthen the incorporation of technology with the unit context, it is an essential for educators to continuously evaluate the suitability of technology sources regularly to identify whether they can still cater to learners diversity.
Evaluating Information Sources (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, 2014)
Today the availability of the Internet in classrooms allow students to access wide variety of different information from different websites that does not give any guarantees that it will be relevant or appropriate to students learning or maturity (Bronstein, 2007). The journal article The Efficacy of a Website Evaluation Checklist as Pedagogical Approach forteaching Students to Critically Evaluate Internet Content by Dawn M. Bronstein, discusses that the easy accessibility of information to today’s generation of learners allow them to disregard the importance of the sources integrity and credibility. This argument further emphasise the importance for teachers to be aware of the guidelines that can determine whether technologies and online resources are relevant to the learning settings as they can consequently guide students to be familiarised with the sources evaluation guidelines.
Teaching students to learn to evaluate online contents and tools is an essential part of today’s learning as this will prepare them to be digitally literate individuals (Kharbach, 2014). As the modern classroom allow students to learn independently, being able to evaluate the integrity and credibility of the learning tools and online document contents generates the aspect of critical thinking within learners that will strengthen their opportunity to learn authentically by formulating their own perspective about the specific topic.
Evaluating Sources (sarahlmasters, 2013)
As a developing teacher in the digital age, I believe that knowing about the importance of evaluating technologies and online learning resources and actually incorporating it within the classroom will further strengthen my confidence to incorporate technology with my classroom activities to make students learning more effective and time efficient whilst also making it interactive and motivational for students’ learning experience. Teaching students the appropriate skills and regularly exercising these skills will help students to further develop their digital literacy that will help them for future employment.
Bronstein, D.M. (2007). The Efficacy of a Website Evaluation Checklist as Pedagogical Approach for teaching Students to Critically Evaluate Internet Content (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/304717732
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. (2014). Evaluating Information Sources [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/04/excellent-checklist-for-evaluating.html
Kharbach, M. (2014). The 5 Elements Students Should Look For When Evaluating Web Content. Retrieved from http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/04/the-5-elements-students-should-look-for.html
sarahlmasters. (2013). Evaluating Sources [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDGKsT7QHNs
Shelley, G., Gunter, G., & Gunter, R. (2012). Teachers discovering computers: Integrating technology in a connected world (7th ed.). Boston, USA: Course Technology: Cengage Learning