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True—or Not? Assessing online resources

How can students know whether the information they find online is true—or not?  by Debbie Abilock

We choose everything—from toothpaste to health care, from education research to instructional strategies—by evaluating information.  

In this participatory digital world, we're all novices at some point when judging whom to trust. Appearance, credentials, and other indicators of quality that used to serve as shorthand tests of credibility don't readily transfer online.  

Embedded in every subject are natural tasks—locate a news article, select a photograph, read a map or graph—that lend themselves to evaluation using rules of thumb that work online. Students can learn to marshal effective rules of thumb to find answers that "satisfice" (both satisfy and suffice).

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