But I Found It on the Internet... It Has to Be True! The Computer as an Educational Tool: Productivity and Problem Solving
Richard C. Forcier and Don E. Descy Today 1. Introduction 2. Problem
3. Solutions? 4. Questions/Comments Internet Stages 1969:
Military/Research 1986: Higher education/Research 1991: General education: Using the Internet Finding things/Publishing Credibility
The Problem (1) Web publishing Anyone can do it.
No screening Ill-informed/Pranksters Bad examples The Problem (2) Naive
users Believe it is filtered Believe it is accurate Confuse it with library material
Solutions? Understand the problem User guidelines Use Web review tools
Luck Understand the Problem Educate users about potential problems and solutions
User Guidelines Author, producer, site publication, purpose, date of publication, arrangement, intended audience, coverage, writing style,
reasoning, references... User Guidelines (2) Author Is author known in field?
Affiliations listed? Address, mailto, homepage? Creator or compiler? Whos Who, Whois, finger User Guidelines (3)
Site Is URL clearly noted? What can you find out about site?
Ending suffix: .edu .com .net .mil .au .ca .gov .us Does information/site fit? Try deleting right to left Sites to Visit
1. city-mankato.us Is Mankato a real place? Are the advertisements real? Is this a real city?
How can you tell? Sites to visit? 1. www.whitehouse.gov 2. www.whitehouse.net 3. www.whitehouse.com (X)
Which was real? 1. www.dole96.com 2. www.dole96.org (Neither presently online)
User Guidelines (4) Publication Single page/series? Author, collection, organization?
Abstract, full text, presentation? Where published/presented? User Guidelines (5) Purpose
Inform? Advocate position? Stimulate discussion? User Guidelines (6)
References Well documented? Current references? Links to other sources? Links to referenced work on
same or other servers?
ARIES (Mar. 21Apr. 19): Your well-being is assured. There should be some positive news regarding real estate or an investment. You may have to cope with work overload, but colleagues are willing to assist. TAURUS (Apr. 20May 20): You're in a do-or-dare mood and want to persuade loved ones to support a
project. With the harmonious moon in your sign, you should have extremely positive news and unconditional support. User Guidelines (7) Intended
audience Coverage Writing style/reasoning Spelling, grammar, etc. ...
Web Review Tools (1) Reputable organizations Named reviewers Honest reviews
READ any introductory material! Web Review Tools (2) Yahooligans Safe site for students
Huge database of sites Screened and checked yahooligans.com Web Review Tools (3) Argus
Stenner and Gauthier, PRA 67, 063801 (2003) Solution: Dispersion Management Observation of "Fast" Light with Large Relative Advancement Stenner, Gauthier, and Neifeld, Nature 425, 665 (2003) Where is the information? How fast does it travel?
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