Sixth grade students are embarking on their Genius Hour projects, and with the exploration of new ideas and interests comes a need for instruction on information literacy. Students visited the library to hone their research skills, first learning about how Google search works and the importance of constructing quality search terms. They also learned about evaluating web resources to determine credibility and put what they learned into practice.
Evaluating sources for reliability is not just something that students must learn for scholarly research. It is essential to give time and consideration in determining credibility of websites as we seek reliable sources in the thick and complex web of information available online. There are some key components to consider and questions to ask yourself when determining credibility of a website or article.
Taking the time to evaluate a website or article before citing it for a project or paper is an essential part of the research process that students must learn. Keeping the same concepts in mind when evaluating news in print, online, or televised, and the links continually shared on social media; this will make us responsible consumers of information.
Tiffany has been an educator for nine years and joins the Episcopal faculty this year as the Upper and Middle School Librarian. A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Masters in Educational Technology Leadership from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She has served as the President for ISTE’s Librarians Network and was recognized as one of ISTE’s 2014 Emerging Leaders. Tiffany is National Board Certified in Library Media and was named one of the 2014 Library Journal Movers & Shakers. She was the 2016 recipient of the Louisiana Library Media Specialist Award. Tiffany speaks regularly at state, national, and international conferences on school library and technology topics.