Quick summary: Students look at information reliability on the Internet. They begin by assessing the motivations and opinions of a range of websites that appear in response to a general search term, and then they research and categorise website extensions according to reliability. They are then asked to compare information found in books to internet-based information. Finally, they create a checklist for website validity.
These activities “… are an invaluable tool for teachers to address climate change in an educationally relevant, scientifically sound, and action-based way.” – Tim Flannery (Read more)
- Students understand the variety of website extensions and are able to evaluate websites according to self generated criteria.
- Students are capable of critical analysis of web-based information.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, ICT capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.5.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 7 & 8 Digital Technologies
- Acquire data from a range of sources and evaluate authenticity, accuracy and timeliness (ACTDIP025)
Topic: We Are the Weather Makers
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheets.
Digital technology opportunities: Internet searching and analysis, digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Key reading from We Are the Weather Makers: Chapter 14 – Extreme Weather
Keywords: Internet, website, information, reliability, validity, website extensions.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge:
- Tim Flannery
- David Harding, Rose Iser, Sally Stevens
- Text Publishing and Purves Environmental Fund
- Climate Council