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Research Credible Sources and Develop a Topic


In this lesson, students will learn to identify credible sources online and make an interactive research document in Google docs with basic coding.

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  1. Choose a topic to explore. Research the topic using Google Advanced Search, and write some sentences about the topic in a Google Document.
  2. Learn about indicators of credibility. Work with a partner to write a two-paragraph article that breaks credibility rules. Work in pairs to analyze another group’s fake document to find where it violates the rules of credibility. 
  3. Write code to create a welcome screen for the topic document from the first lesson. 

Life Skills

  • Define a problem, research question, or goal.
  • Collaborate with others to conduct research and develop digital artifacts.
  • Evaluate the bias of digital information sources and select the best sources of information for credibility, accuracy, and relevance.

Technology Skills

  • Discuss and use various search strategies, including keyword(s) and Boolean operators.
  • Employ research strategies to locate all possible sources.
  • Define the computer science concept “events,” and use “events” in a digital artifact.
  • Write a program to automate a task.

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1 Review
This is such a valuable lesson for students. In the absence of classes on computer and internet skills, many students believe that every piece of evidence online is credible. Thank you for creating a lesson that helps them identify credible and bogus sources.
Julie Waugh
February 25, 2020