TMI – what to believe?

CRAP Detection 101

Learning to sift through all the information presented online is an essential skill to cultivate and to develop in our students.  It may be one of the most useful life skills they will learn.  This extensive blog post from earlier in the year is full of advice, but be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for links, including the CRAP test:

Currency –o How recent is the information?

o How recently has the website been updated?

o Is it current enough for your topic?

Reliability –

o What kind of information is included in the resource?

o Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced?

o Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

Authority –

o Who is the creator or author?

o What are the credentials?

o Who is the published or sponsor?

o Are they reputable?

o What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?

o Are there advertisements on the website?

Purpose/Point of View –

o Is this fact or opinion?

o Is it biased?

o Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

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About sharris

Director of Educational Technology, Community Service Advisor, Girl's Rigby Coach at The Harvey School - an independent 6-12 school in Westchester County
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