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New Literacies and Critical Analysis

Although these Web sites emphasize new literacies and digital literacies, they provide tools and resources that can be modified, revised, or adapted to support source work and student learning in social studies classrooms.

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1 Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources
This site offers several questions for evaluating the content, source, and design of Web sites.
2 Critical Viewing and Critical Thinking Skills
The Center for Media Literacy provides many useful resources for visual literacy, teaching media literacy, and deconstructing media representations.
3 Tolerance.Org Site Check
Site Check walks the reader of a Web site through a series of questions to help evaluate the appropriateness of a specific Web site for classroom use or for research purposes. At the end of the tutorial, students can print their assessment of the site for future reference. The questions can also be downloaded as a pdf. file.
4 5 Criteria for Evaluating Web Sites
Guides provided by Cornell University’s libraries. This site provides sets of questions for evaluating the accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage of information.
5 Critically Analyzing Information Sources
This site provides a content analysis section deals more in depth with the quality of the web page and emphasizes intended audience, objective reasoning, coverage, writing style, and evaluative reviews.
6 New Basics Project
This site, created by the Queensland’s Department of Education and the Arts, gives a good overview of multiliteracies and communications media.
7 Tools for Reading the World
NoodleTools offers tools, guides, and activities for 21st century literacies, such as visual literacy, historical literacy, cultural literacy, information literacy, scientific literacy, and mathematical literacy.
8 Johns Hopkins University’s site on Evaluating Information Found on the Internet
This site discusses the criteria by which scholars in most fields evaluate print information, and shows how the same criteria can be used to assess information found on the Internet.
9 Digital Literacy: Rethinking Education
A site provided by Portland State University with information about media studies, media literacy, constructivist learning theories, and curriculum development.
10 Digital Literacy: Training in a Digital World
A site provided by Portland State University with information about media studies, media literacy, constructivist learning theories, and curriculum development.
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