Evaluating Websites

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(Screenshot from RADCAB website)

As part of our Library Instruction programme at ESA we work with students on evaluating the quality of information available on the web.  We teach something called the CARRDSS Approach, but there are many other systems (and acronyms) out there.

One really neat little one that I have recently come across is the RADCAB acronym. The creation of a school library Media Specialist, RADCAB comes with a great little website.  Bookmark this site for easy reference.

Hi: Narrative Mapping the World

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Called “Instagram for writers,” this new “networked storytelling” app embraces the process of writing, not just the final product. (From the Book and Periodical Council July 22/2013 e-newsletter)

Hi is so neat it is worth sharing immediately.  Unfortunately you will not be able to sign up at present as the service has reached it’s initial subscription limit…  BUT, keep it in mind, check back periodically, and then run with it.

Read an interesting posting about Hi at Medium.

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What Kids Are Reading, In School and Out

From the MonkeySee blog at NPR

Walk into any bookstore or library, and you’ll find shelves and shelves of hugely popular novels and book series for kids. But research shows that as young readers get older, they are not moving to more complex books. High-schoolers are reading books written for younger kids, and teachers aren’t assigning difficult classics as much as they once did.

Listen to the broadcast here.

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